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01/03/2019 – Ephemeris – The Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak this evening

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Ephemeris for Thursday, January 3rd. The Sun will rise at 8:20. It’ll be up for 8 hours and 54 minutes, setting at 5:14. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 7:01 tomorrow morning.

Of the three most active meteor showers, year after year, the Quadrantids of January, Perseids of August, and Geminids of December, only the Quadrantids are not affected by a bright Moon this year. The Quadrantids, which will reach peak at 9:20 this evening have their radiant about due north at that time, only a few degrees above the horizon. The peak is rather narrow, 4 hours to achieve at least half maximum, which is 120 meteors an hour if the radiant was overhead. The radiant, from which the meteors will come from is very low, so will be the numbers. However a low radiant means that the meteor streaks all over the sky will be longer as the meteoroids strike the atmosphere overhead at a shallow angle.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.


Quadrantid radiant at peak

The location of the Quadrantid radiant, off the handle of the Big Dipper, at 9:20 p.m. January 3, 2019 for the peak of the meteor shower. Click on the image to enlarge. Created using Stellarium.