2012 Quadrantids Meteor Shower will light up Northern Sky on January 4

By on Jan 2, 2012 in Announcement, Astronomy, Science, United States Comments


2011 Quadrantids meteor shower
Image Credit: Jeff Berkes/nasa.gov

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently confirmed that Quadrantids meteor shower will light up the sky of eastern North America which will peak at 2:00 a.m. ET on January 4, as announced by several international news sites, January 1, 2012.

According to NASA reports, the Quadrantids, believed to have originated from an asteroid, will have a maximum rate of about 100 “Quads” in a single hour, varying from 60-200.

Apparently, the moon will set at about 3:00 am local time and unlike the more famous Perseid and Geminid meteor showers, watchers will only have about two hours of viewing time before dawn.



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