Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2013

Stargazing bench. Image: suphakit73; FreeDigitalPhotos.

The 2013 Quadrantid Meteor Shower is active from December 28th, 2012, until January 12th, 2013. However, peak activity will occur on January 3rd, around 1300 UTC, and last for only a few hours in total. The shower is visible only in the Northern Hemisphere.

City lights, called light pollution, can interfere with viewing. So can reflected moonlight. This year, all but the brightest meteors will be obstructed by moonlight.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation they appear to be near. The Quadrantid Meteor Shower is named for the no-longer-recognized constellation Quadrans Muralis.

Check out these sites for more information about the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, including recommended viewing times for your corner of the globe.

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