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The Quadrantid Meteor Shower

The Quadrantids are a meteor shower.

The Name comes from Quadrans Mulralis an obsolete constellation.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the year's biggest, in a regular basis producing 80 meteors per hour. But it is rarely noticed. Why?

One cause is weather. The shower has its extremum in January when northern skies are cold.

The shower's radiant is located very high in the northern sky, so observers in the southern hemisphere, see almost nothing.

The best day to see the Quadrantids is January 3rd. The peak hours are from nightfall to midnight.


Links about Quadrantids:

 Observing the Quadrantids

 January's chilly meteors

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