The Quadrantids – An After-Midnight Meteor Shower


January 4th, 2016

The Quadrantid meteors reach their peak tonight and with the Moon in a waning crescent phase, this could be a good time to spot some shooting stars. The shower has a maximum hourly rate of 120, making it one of the most active showers, but you’ll need to either stay up late or get up early to see most of them.

While you’re up, take a look at Arcturus, the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, the Herdsman.  At just under 37 light years away, this orange giant is the fourth brightest star in the sky and can be easily found by following the curved handle of the Big Dipper (or the Plough, for those of you in the United Kingdom) down toward the south.

The image above depicts the sky at about 1:00 a.m.

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)


All Astronomical Events for January 4th, 2016

The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks. Maximum zenith hourly rate: 120. (Moon: waning crescent. Boötes.)


Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.

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