First Meteor Shower Of 2016 Set For Tomorrow

On Monday, the Quadrantid meteor shower will mark the first light show of the New Year.

The Quadrantids are named for an extinct constellation, Quadrans Muralis, according to NASA. Located between the constellations of Bootes and Draco, astronomers first spotted the Quadrantid meteor shower in 1825.

Star gazers should begin looking up at 1 a.m. EST on January 4, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Unlike the better known Perseid or Geminid showers — with peaks of more than 24 hours — the Quadrantids peak shower time will only last about two hours averaging 120 meteors per hour. So get outside while you can between midnight and dawn on Monday.

As usual, the following sky-gazing tips apply: Find a place without light pollution, give your eyes about 15 minutes to adjust to the darkness and look up. Lastly, don’t look at your phone!

If clouds or the cold put a hold on your sky-gazing views Slooh community observatory will live stream views of the meteors from telescopes in five countries. Slooh astronomers Bob Berman and Will Grater will provide fascinating commentary about the Quadrantids and their origin.

Watch right here starting Sunday at 7 p.m. EST or at Slooh.com.

Original Article:http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/space/go-for-launch/os-watch-first-quadrantid-meteor-shower-2016-20160102-post.html

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