The Quadrantid meteor shower reaches its maximum today. One of the most active showers, observers can ordinarily see up to 120 meteors an hour, but this year the almost full Moon may drown out many of the fainter ones. Look toward the constellation Boötes in the early hours of the morning for the best chance to seeing any.
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
07:24 UT – Earth is at perihelion. Distance to Sun: 0.983 AU
Asteroid 2 Pallas leaves Serpens and enters Ophiuchus. (Magnitude 9.5. Pre-dawn sky.)
The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 120. (Moon: almost full. Boötes, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky.)
The constellations Gemini (the Twins) and Monoceros (the Unicorn) culminate at midnight tonight.
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.