Quadrantid meteor shower of 2017 peaks


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NASA sky-map Quadrantid meteor shower of 2017
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The Quadrantids will reach its peak at sixty to 120 meteors ZHR.  The Zenithal Hourly Rate (ZHR) is the amount of meteors expected per hour during a peak, the Quadrantids are one of the top three.  However this event  can be disappointing due to the speed of the peak, it may only last a few hours or less.   You need to be in a dark location to see the meteors will radiate from the Quadrans Muralis.   A constellation created in 1795 by the French astronomer Jérôme Lalande, however it is no longer recognized by astronomers, but still gives the meteor shower its name.  The parent constellation of the Quadrans Muralis is Bootes, Greek for the herdsmen or plowman, literally translated as ox driver.  It is recognized as one of the 88 modern constellations, located in the north sky, near the handle of the Big Dipper.  It should be a good, but fast show.  The Quadrantid meteor shower of 2017 will peak on Jan. 3 and 4. Eastern North America will see the Quadrantid meteor shower increase in intensity before the bright morning sunrise washes out all view, seeing 30 to 60 meteors per hour is possible.  Bundle up and get up real early, or stay up all night, you have about a six hour window.

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