Monday, January 3, 2011

Quandrantid Meteor Shower

It looks like the Quandrantid meteor shower will peak tonight around 7pm CST.  The radiant will be in the north west between the big dipper and the little dipper.  It doesn’t sound like Texas will be able to see many of them, but the viewing time is so early in the evening that it might not hurt to look anyways.

More info:

Elusive Meteor Shower and Solar Eclipse to Ring in 2011
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/quadrantid-meteors/

Promising Quadrantid Meteor Shower to Peak Next Week
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/quarantid-meteor-shower-peaks-next-week-101231.html

Europe and Asia will also get to see a partial solar eclipse to go along with the meteor shower, but it won’t be visible in the US.

Update:  We weren’t able to see any meteors.  There was a big, thick cloud right over the northwest horizon where they should have been.  Orion looked very nice, though.

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