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The peak of the Quadrantids is expected to take place between 7:00 - 8:00 UT (2-3am EST) 4th January.



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The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching.
Peaking in the wee morning hours of Jan. 4, the Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour, varying between 60-200. The waxing gibbous moon will set around 3 a.m. local time, leaving about two hours of excellent meteor observing before dawn. It's a good thing, too, because unlike the more famous Perseid and Geminid meteor showers, the Quadrantids only last a few hours -- it's the morning of Jan. 4, or nothing.

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Astronomers are predicting a brief two hour meteor shower Wednesday morning, between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. Central Time.  The Quandrantids Quadrantids, or "Quads" as most scientists call them, is named for  an old constellation called Quadrans Muralis.  This particular meteor shower will come from the remnants of a comet named 2003EH1, which probably broke up in the past 500 years.
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Quadrantids Will Create Brief, Beautiful Show on Jan. 4

The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching.
Peaking in the wee morning hours of Jan. 4, the Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour, varying between 60-200. The waxing gibbous moon will set around 3 a.m. local time, leaving about two hours of excellent meteor observing before dawn. It's a good thing, too, because unlike the more famous Perseid and Geminid meteor showers, the Quadrantids only last a few hours -- it's the morning of Jan. 4, or nothing.

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Celebrate 2012 with the Quadrantids Meteor Shower

Whereas the peak of most meteor showers can last for hours or even days, the peak of the Quadrantids is expected to take place between 8-9am UT (3-4am EST) on the morning of Wednesday, January 4th. Though the time frame is relatively limited, those living in the Northern Hemisphere could catch a glimpse of anywhere from 100 to 200 fiery meteors within the hour.
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January 2011 arrives with a brief but intense meteor shower visible the night of January 3-4. Known as the Quadrantids, more than 100 meteors an hour have been seen, some years.  You will see the most well after midnight.
This year, New Moon also arrives Jan. 4, giving a dark sky all night long.
Meteors will streak cross the sky, seeming to radiate from a point mid way between the handle end of the Big Dipper and the head of the constellation across the Dragon. At this time of night, the radiant point is high up in the northeast. You may watch for them earlier in the evening, but the shower numbers will be lower. The higher the radiant is in the sky, the more likely you can expect to see.

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Sky watchers in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire will be fixing their eyes on a series of celestial events during the New Year.
Whilst some will be recovering from the New Year celebrations, others will be setting their alarm clocks for the early hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of: the Quadrantids meteor shower; a partial solar eclipse and the alignment of Jupiter and Uranus.
Among those watching the spectacle will be the Brough Astronomy Society, also known as the Blackburn Leisure Astronomy Society, which is hosting a weekend of public events at its observatory in Brough between 14 and 16 January 2011.

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It's time to prepare for the next celestial event - the 2011 Quadrantid Meteor Shower! The Quadrantid meteor shower is an annual meteor shower that is active during January 1st through January 10th every year. The maximum peak of this years shower is expected to be on January 4th, around 8:00pm EST for North American observers. While the maximum rate of meteors will likely be seen through the nights of January 3rd through January 5th, dedicated meteor watchers should observe the meteor shower through these nights to increase their chances of seeing more meteors.
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