The first meteor shower of the year is here!
Quadrantids meteor shower JANUARY 2024
Quadrantids meteor shower JANUARY 2024 : A Beginner's Guide to the Celestial Event
The annual Quadrantids will be 2024’s first meteor showers. The Quadrantids meteor shower is a celestial event where you can see shooting stars streaking across the night sky. In India, the best time to catch this meteor shower is typically around January 3rd and 4th each year.
What are meteor showers?
Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through the debris field left behind by a comet. As the debris hits Earth’s atmosphere, it burns up, creating streaks of light in the night sky.
When and where to see the Quadrantids meteor shower in JANUARY 2024
The nights of 3-5 January is the best time to see the Quadrantids meteor shower this year.
Go to a dark location, lie on the ground, and look up at the sky to see many 10s of meteors per hour, with your naked eyes.
Meteors are more likely to appear in the constellation Bootes, but they can appear anywhere in the sky.
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When to see Quadrantids meteor shower in January 2024
Active: Dec. 26, 2023, to Jan. 16, 2024
Peak: Peak is Jan 3 & 4 , 2024)
What to expect from Quadrantids meteor shower in January 2024
- During its peak, 60 to as many as 120 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour under perfect conditions.!
- Fast, bright, and colorful streaks of light
- Best viewed under dark skies, away from city lights
Where to look:
- Meteors are more likely to appear in the constellation Bootes, but they can appear anywhere in the sky.
- ever, you don’t need to look directly at the radiant to see them. You can see them anywhere in the night sky.
Tips for viewing the Geminid meteor shower
- Dress warmly. It can get cold at night, so be sure to dress in warm clothes.
- Bring a blanket or chair. You’ll be lying down for a while, so you’ll want to be comfortable.
- Be patient. It may take a while to see your first meteor.
- Don’t look directly at the radiant. The radiant is the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to radiate.
- Look for meteors all over the sky. You don’t have to look directly at the radiant to see them.
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