From Kevin Byrne, Writer at "AccuWeather"
January 3, 2019, 2:27:51 EST
The first meteor shower of the new year will peak later this week as a quadrantis arrows over the night sky in January.
The top of the shower will be held from the night of January 3 in the early hours of 4 January. One of the benefits for the stars is that the top occurs during the new moon, allowing a darker sky. Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in Europe, could reach the highest meteors.
"Wherever the north and distant north latitudes are, they can be in a decent position to follow the Quadrangles in 2019, especially since there is no moon to destroy this year's emission," Earth says.
"Lower natural light pollution will make it easier to see more meteors, but light pollution from cities and highways can still hinder sight," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said.
During perfect conditions, everywhere from 60 to over 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak.
The most ideal viewing conditions will occur in parts of the central and southwestern United States. Clouds and storms can limit sight to the northwest, while a great storm disrupts the sky's ability in most of the Southeast.
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Weather on the top is very tight, according to Earthsky. Unlike other meteor showers, such as the Perseids or Genids, where the peak can last for several days, the quadrant tip is only a few hours, with the best time that occurs between midnight and dawn.
Because this peak is so short, some parts of the world may not be able to see the shower.
"The light point for quadrantids is easy to find because it is located near the Great Bear, one of the most famous constellations in the sky. However, meteors will be visible in all areas of the sky, not just near the Great Bear," said Lada.
According to NASA, the reason why the tip is so short is due to the "thin flow of the particle shower and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a normal angle".