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The First Meteor Shower of 2021 Will Light Up the Night Sky on New Year’s Weekend

2021 looks to be an exciting year for stargazers, with the first major celestial event taking place this weekend as the Quadrantid meteor shower peaks from January 2 to January 3.

First discovered in 1825, the Quadrantids, also known as Bootidas, occur every year between December 28 and January 12.

Now known to originate from an asteroid called 1003 EH1, “the meteors appear to radiate from the modern constellation Bootes.” POT Explain. “Although the constellation may no longer be recognized, it was considered a constellation long enough to give the meteor shower its name.”

the American Meteor Society reports that, along with the Perseids and Geminids We report in 2020: Quadrantids could be the heaviest rain of the season.

How to see the quadrantids

Look up on Saturday night or before sunrise Sunday, and you can see 60-200 meteors per hour as they travel at 25.5 miles per second. You can also see the fireballs that the Cuarantidas are known for. Spectacularly bright, they appear visible longer than other meteors.

However, you will need to calculate the correct time: the peak of this meteor shower will only last around six hours.

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According to the International Meteor Organization, the peak period is expected to occur around 14:30 UTC on January 3. This means that in much of the States, it will be in the hours before sunrise on Sunday that the Quadrantids are best viewed.

With a nearly full, albeit waning moon, lighting up the sky this weekend, it is true that it will not be as easy to catch fiery meteorites flying above our cities, mountains and fields as in other years.

Still, on this first weekend of the new year, it will certainly be worth going out and looking up.

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