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The Best Meteor Shower You’ve Never Heard of: The Quadrantids
01-03-2014, 02:57 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Tonight! Sorry Americans, you won't see it. We won't either as it's cloudy here. bored.gif



Quote:The Quadrantids—named after the constellation Quadrans Muralis, which no longer exists (think of it as having been either rezoned into new constellations, or gerrymandered)—peak pretty rapidly, going from essentially nothing to the maximum number per hour in about 12 hours! Most other showers, like the more-famous Perseids, peak more slowly, taking days to build up.

What this means is that it’s best to get out and look when the shower is at its max. In this case, that’s predicted to be at 19:30 UTC on Jan. 3, or 14:30 EST. That’s in the afternoon for the U.S., so it looks unlikely we Americans will get a good view (east Asia has the best view, given the timing). However, I suggest taking a look anyway! You never know, and predictions for showers have been known to be off in the past. Pre-dawn and post-sunset on the 3rd is probably your best shot, but I’m guessing a bit here.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy...ary_3.html
01-03-2014, 03:05 PM #2
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Cloudy here too. Oh well have to wait for the ISON shower in a couple of weeks 13.gif

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01-03-2014, 06:05 PM #3
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(01-03-2014, 02:57 PM)Octo Wrote:  Tonight! Sorry Americans, you won't see it. We won't either as it's cloudy here. bored.gif



Quote:The Quadrantids—named after the constellation Quadrans Muralis, which no longer exists (think of it as having been either rezoned into new constellations, or gerrymandered)—peak pretty rapidly, going from essentially nothing to the maximum number per hour in about 12 hours! Most other showers, like the more-famous Perseids, peak more slowly, taking days to build up.

What this means is that it’s best to get out and look when the shower is at its max. In this case, that’s predicted to be at 19:30 UTC on Jan. 3, or 14:30 EST. That’s in the afternoon for the U.S., so it looks unlikely we Americans will get a good view (east Asia has the best view, given the timing). However, I suggest taking a look anyway! You never know, and predictions for showers have been known to be off in the past. Pre-dawn and post-sunset on the 3rd is probably your best shot, but I’m guessing a bit here.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy...ary_3.html

bored.gif So you just brought it up to make us feel bad? chuckle.gif
01-03-2014, 06:25 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
Posts:43,004 Threads:1,473 Joined:Feb 2011
Yes coffeetime.gif


No actually I hadn't heard about it before. chuckle.gif



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