Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

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Considered one of the brightest meteor showers in 2019, you definitely will want to make an effort to see this celestial event. The stellar show is falling during a new moon, meaning the sky is darker and the meteors will be more easily visible. Those in the Northern Hemisphere, especially Europe and the surrounding areas, will have the best chance of observation.

The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity.

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The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower? Experts say the Quadrantids are often overlooked because of the very brief peak and because the meteors that originated from this "asteroid or possible rock comet" produce typically faint flares.

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"The radiant point for the Quadrantids is easy to find as it sits near the Big Dipper, one of the most well-known constellations in the sky", wrote AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada in the release. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle", NASA explains.

To view this meteor shower, look for a spot away from street lights. Lie flat on your back with feet facing northeast and look up at the sky - it should take less than 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

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If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st.

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