First meteor shower of 2019 to peak Thursday night


Thursday night, the Quadrantid meteor shower will produce a dazzling display in the sky for parts of the globe. It's one of the shortest annual meteor showers, known for "bright fireball meteors".

Tonight, the Quadrantids meteor shower will reach its peak for a few glorious hours. The shower favors Europe this year, with the highest activity predicted for about 2 a.m. GMT on January 4.

Even though the United States is likely to miss the peak, the states will still see the show, just not as spectacular.

Although not as well-known as other meteor showers, the Quadrantid is expected to average 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too. If you're able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn.

Quadrantid showers are special for their fleeting beauty. The International Meteor Organization estimates that the peak will occur at 7 a.m. Friday and will appear to originate near the handle of the Big Dipper asterism. The combination of those two factors will allow for a great show of meteors Thursday night.

Also triggered from the debris from Halley's Comet, the Orionid meteor shower will take place October 2 to November 7, peaking at night on October 21-22. The meteor shower is also triggered by debris from the Comet Tempel-Tuttle that pass through the earth.

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.

What celestial events are you excited to see this year?