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Poor timing to diminish intensity of Quadrantid meteor shower in U.S.

Poor timing to diminish intensity of Quadrantid meteor shower in U.S.”

Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up.

Nasa believes that between 60 and 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour under flawless conditions during the shower's peak.

If you are in Europe the light show should be very visible, according to Space.com, peaking in the early morning.

While the peak of the shower won't be until the early hours, there's a good chance you'll see shooting stars during the later part of the evening so you won't have to stay up too late to catch a glimpse.

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too. As Earth's orbit passes through the debris, the bits of rock and ice collide with the atmosphere and burn up, creating bright streaks in the night sky.

The first meteor shower of 2019 will peak later this week for stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere (including those in Qatar) as the Quadrantids (January meteor showers) dart through the January night sky.

EarthSky, at https://earthsky.org/, says meteors will come from the northern sky with the radiant point making a right angle with the Big Dipper and the star Arcturus.

In areas like Chile and Argentina, spectators will get to see the event unfold from 12:55 p.m. ET (16:55 UTC) and reach totality at 3:22 p.m. ET (19:22 UTC). The eclipse will take place on July 2.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November previous year when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha.



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