Canadians can see the first meteor shower of the year this weekend
People in Canada are advised to keep their eyes on the sky this weekend for a chance to catch the first meteor shower of 2020.
The Quadrantid shower, which happens around the same time each year, will peak in North America late Friday night into Saturday morning, and will boast up to 200 meteors per hour if conditions are favourable.
If the skies are clear with you then don't forget the Quadrantid Meteor shower. It's... https://t.co/7xh0eooPpx— Allan Trow, FRAS (@AlDarkSkyWales) January 2, 2020
NASA suggests stargazers seek out a spot with as little light pollution and cloud cover as possible, and face northeast during late night and pre-dawn hours for an optimal show.
The Quadrantid meteors are special because they originate from an asteroid, called 2003 EH1, while the meteors in the majority of well-known showers are debris from comets (the main difference between the two is their composition).
The shower's radiant — the point in the sky the meteors appear to come from — is a constellation formerly known as the Quadrans Muralis, near present-day Boötes and the tip of the handle of the Big Dipper.
The hope for the short-lived Quadrantid shower is always that the shower peaks when the radiant is high in your sky. That can't be true for everyone on Earth at once, but the prediction does look decent for North America in 2020. Now will the prediction hold? pic.twitter.com/wQJHKzv9kj— Granny Moon (@GrannyMooninVA) January 2, 2020
The free Friday night party courtesy of Mother Nature will be the last meteor shower we'll be able to see until late April, so bundle up and don't miss out.
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