Year’s first meteor shower will reach to the peak this week

First meteor shower of the year will rise at its peak this week. Quadrantid meteor shower is the meteor shower that takes place every year in January. Although the meteor shower is not the very outshine type of natural sky show but the stargazers would see a good range of meteor showers.

“Those who brave the cold might see up to 40 meteors per hour, although moonlight will make faint meteors harder to spot,” officials with the Hubble Space Telescope explained in a January skywatching video guide.

Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes took this photo of the Quadrantid meteor shower on Jan. 4, 2012. (Credit: Jeff Berkes )

Although the moon may dim the brightness of the shower’s peak but the viewers in the dark areas of the Northern Hemisphere could see the good view in the early morning hours of Thursday.

According to the scientists, meteors of the Quadrantids are debris from the asteroid 2003 EH1, which could be a chunk from the comet that broke several hundred years ago. When the Earth passes through the stream of debris of the comet, the fragments move in the atmosphere at 90,000 mph (144,841 kph) and burn up 50 miles (80.5 km) above the planet giving a bright display of showers.

“Located between the constellations Bootes and Draco, Quadrans represents an early astronomical instrument used to observe and plot stars,” NASA officials said. From the Quadrans constellation, which is no longer recognized by astronomers, meteor shower got their name.

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