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Thread: 2012 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks the morning of Jan 4 in the US.

  1. #1 2012 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks the morning of Jan 4 in the US. 
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    One of the best meteor showers of the year peaks during the early morning of the 4th of January.

    For those of you in warmer climes, it's worth looking for. Here in the northeast, I will have to manage my safety carefully as the forecast is for 9 F (-13 F) with NW winds of 10-20 mph (16-32 kph) with higher gusts. That's dangerous.

    The radiant (the direction they appear to come from) is named for an obsolete Constellation called Quadrans Muralis, located near the top of Bootes, the end of the handle of the Big Dipper, and the sinuous body of Draco (It sucks from the southern hemisphere, schmack, so I didn't PM you).

    Moonset is about 3 AM local time, so from then to dawn is the best time to see it. ZHR averages about 120; this is the highest rate shower I have ever seen from here in NJ, with a peak rate of 45/Hr out of a total of 58 meteors an hour seen.

    Look toward the handle of the big Dipper to get an idea of there they come from (but they can appear anywhere in the sky, sometimes very far away)

    They are medium speed, much slower than the Perseids.

    MW


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