Meteor shower visible in UAE skies tonight
Stargazers can expect to witness the spectacular until predawn hours on Saturday.
The start of 2020 is going to be with night sky lighting up with Quadrantid meteor shower on January 3 and 4. Stargazers in the UAE can expect to witness the spectacular starting Friday until predawn hours on Saturday when the meteor shower will be at peak.
According to International Meteor Organization (IMO), the Quadrantids can shower around 50 to 100 meteors in an hour but have a narrow peak window compared to other meteor showers.
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What's up in the night sky this January? A meteor shower! The Quadrantid meteor shower lasts for just a few hours on Jan. 4, coinciding with a very bright, nearly full moon that will sadly wash out most of the meteors. ProTip: You can look in any direction to see all meteor showers. When you see one of these meteors, hold a shoestring along the path it followed. The shoestring will lead you back to the constellation containing the meteor's origin. Watch to find out when and where to look up! Credit: NASA #nasa #nasagif #meteors #eclipse# moon #orionids #leonids #quadrantids# lunareclipse #upinthesky #january #nightsky #constellations# jupiter #mars #january #whatsup
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However, the Quadrantids are considered to be one of the best because they are fireball meteors that come from larger particles of matter. Fireball meteors are much brighter, and their light and color lasts longer than your average meteor shower, according to Inverse.com.
The IMO predicts that the shower's peak will occur around 3am EST on January 4, and only last for about four hours.
According to Dubai Astronomy Group, the best time to see it is before dawn, starting at 2 after midnight on the northeastern side. The group will be hosting a event at Al Qudra Lake from 10pm-3am.
Join Dubai Astronomy Group for the Quadrantids meteor shower the 2020's first major meteor shower.- Dubai Astronomy Group (@dubaiastronomy) December 30, 2019
for more details: https://t.co/bo0802SrUg#meteorshower #quadrantids #DubaiAstronomyGroup #event #mydubai pic.twitter.com/KTBgYxGXJM
The Quadrantids will take place in the northern part of the sky and hence it will visible better from the Northern Hemisphere.
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