New Delhi, first published January 4, 2022, 12:46 PM IST
Today, a quadrant meteor shower will take place in space to welcome the new year. It will peak tomorrow after 2:00 p.m. Up to 80 meteors can be seen burning in an hour. According to NASA, the meteorite speed is 41 kilometers per second.
Today, Quadrantides is one of the brightest annual meteor showers from December 28 to January 12 every year. This is when the question arises as to what makes the quadrant meteorite magnificent. Most meteorites originate from comets, but quadrantids originate from the 2003 asteroid EH1. It will take 5.52 years for the asteroid to orbit our Sun, and as the Earth passes through the particles left by this asteroid, we see meteor showers. When these debris collides with our atmosphere, they disintegrate and create the flames we see in the sky.
The meteorite got its name from the constellation Quadrans (Mural Quadrant). When this glow was first noticed, it appeared to be radiating from this constellation. This is a dysfunctional galaxy currently located near the Boots Galaxy.
How do you see a meteor shower?
Find a safe empty field or home terrace away from light pollution in your cities. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness, so arrive early. Don’t forget to pick up a blanket to feel comfortable this winter night. You do not need any special tools to view this view. Look for fireballs in the northeastern part of the sky. It can also be viewed live on the Internet using the Virtual Telescope Project 2.0. The live stream will run tomorrow at 5:15 IST. They only show scenes from Rome.
Last Updated on 4 January 2022 12:46 PM IS
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