Those in every area of Thailand with clear overhead skies will have their front seat at the annual show Quadrantids meteor shower early tomorrow morning (Jan 4).
Suphareuk Khareuhanon, Chief of Academic Services of the National Astronomical Research Institution of Thailand (NART) said the meteor shower produces “shooting stars,” which are best seen during the height of the occurrence, from 2:30 am to tomorrow’s dawn.
“The Quadrantids return every year from 28 December to 12 January. This year people can look up to the northeast and see the meteor shower clearly in very dark areas, “said Suphareuk.
“We expect to see up to 120 stars shooting every hour during the peak this year. For a fact, after midnight, tonight will be dark with no moon so it’s ideal for famine. Those who want to see the meteor shower with a naked eye should be in very darkened places.”
The Quadrantids, which each year peaks during early January, is one of the best meteor showers in the year, notes the Nasa website.
The meteors come from remaining comet particles and from broken asteroids. The meteors of Quadrantids are specifically derived from a 2003 EH1 asteroid, which takes 5.52 years to revolve the sun.
When these objects come around the sun, their emitting dust spreads over their orbits gradually into a dusty trail. The earth passes through these rubble trails every year, enabling the bits to collision with our atmosphere and disintegration into the sky, explains the website.
“The majority of meteor showers have a two-day duration, which makes it much more likely to see the other meteors. The Quadrantid peak, on the other hand, is much shorter–only a couple of hours. On its peak, 60 to 200 Quadrantis meteors per hour can be seen in perfect conditions,” explained Nasa experts.
Nasa reports that Quadrantids are also known for their vivid fireball meteors.
“Fireballs are larger light and color bursts that can last longer than a typical meteor series. This is because fireballs come from larger substance particles. Fireballs are also brighter, with magnitudes greater than-3,” remarked Nasa.