Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019


The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization, will be at 2:00 a.m. UTC, when skygazers in Europe may get the best view.

At the peak, 60 to 100 meteors per hour may be seen streaking across the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. You'll want a wide, unobstructed view as well.

The shower peaks Thursday night, though observers may catch sight of stray Quadrantid meteors through the middle of January.

Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas.

If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st.

This year's show doesn't have great timing for North American observations.

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Also triggered from the debris from Halley's Comet, the Orionid meteor shower will take place October 2 to November 7, peaking at night on October 21-22. The Orionid meteor shower derives its name from the constellation Orion.

Mercury will greet earth on November 11, passing right in front of our sun and showing up as a tiny dot illuminated by our sun.

Similar to an eclipse, the event will be the first since 2016 and will not occur again for another thirteen years.

The meteor shower is expected to be visible in the Northern Hemisphere, especially mid-northern and far-northern latitudes, if weather conditions allow.

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.

The Ursid meteor shower and Geminid meteor shower will also take place in December from December 4 to December 22.