The Quadrantid meteor shower – which peaked on the night of January 3-4, 2019 – has a very narrow peak. Still, the EarthSky community caught some photos.
The famous Comet Halley spawns the Eta Aquariids – going on now – and the Orionids in October. Plus where the comet is now, parent bodies of other meteor showers … and Isaac Newton’s Vis-viva equation, his poetic rendition of instantaneous motion.
The rate of fireballs – or bright meteors – has been observed to go up in the Northern Hemisphere by as much as 30% from February through April. Will it this year?
All you need to know about major meteor showers in 2019.
2019’s first major meteor shower is the Quadrantid shower. Best time to watch is probably late night January 3 until dawn January 4. Northerly latitudes are favored. No moon this year!
Peak activity lasts less than a day. In 2017, moon gone from sky after midnight. Morning of January 3 probably best for Americas. Night of January 4 possibly better for Asia. Try both nights!
Mount Rainier, the Milky Way and a Perseid meteor! Plus a look forward to April’s Lyrid meteor shower.
This year has been great for auroras so far! Some of the best photos here.
In 2014, as the Quadrantid meteors were flying, those at far northern latitudes were seeing auroras.
Strawberry Moon and Jupiter from dusk to dawn