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Don’t miss the Quadrantid meteor shower peak at UK dawn on 4 January 2020

23 Dec 2019, 10:39 UTC
Don’t miss the Quadrantid meteor shower peak at UK dawn on 4 January 2020
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The Quadrantid meteor shower is rich but short-lived, so observers in the UK and Western Europe are likely to get the best views looking east between particularly between 6am and the first light of nautical dawn around 7am GMT on Saturday, 4 January 2020. This simulated view shows a quadrant of the sky centred on southeast as seen from the heart of the British Isles at 6am GMT, which is two hours before the predicted maximum but the start of UK astronomical twilight. AN graphic by Ade Ashford.The year 2020 looks set to be a good one for the three major annual meteor showers. The year kicks off with one of the best, the Quadrantids, peaking at UK dawn on Saturday, 4 January after an 8-day-old waxing Moon has long set. The Perseids maximum of 12 August coincides with a waning lunar crescent, while the Geminids of 14 December peak at New Moon!
Having reviewed the New Year’s meteor prospects in an instant, let us return to the Quadrantids, a shower of shooting stars named after the extinct star group of Quadrans Muralis (the mural quadrant) that used to sit between our present-day constellations of Boötes and Draco. For its ...

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