Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quadrantids Meteor Show Expected Wednesday Night

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

If the skies remain clear Wednesday night, stargazers could be in for quite a show.

A strong display of Quadrantid meteors are expected to race across the sky beginning right after midnight. The meteors were first spotted in the 1830s and have been tracked for nearly two centuries.

The meteors are named after the constellation Quadrans Muralis, between the end of the handle of the Big Dipper and the constellation Draco.

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  • Space.com

The meteor shower is expected to last no more than a few hours, but "may end up being one of the best of 2012," according to Space.com. Astronomer Adrian West advised to find a dark spot as far from city lights as possible from which to watch the shower. The Quadantids should be visible to the naked eye, so a telescope isn't necessary, West told Universe Today.

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