Here’s How To Make Sure You Do not Miss 2016’s First Meteor Shower

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You know what’s beautiful? Space debris left behind by an extinct comet bursting into flame as it enters Earth’s atmosphere, shuttling previous our fragile planet as a field of dust and rock. Space is gorgeous and terrifying.

The Quadrantid meteor shower’s brief but dazzling display will be 2016’s first celestial light show and it’ll be a excellent one. The comet whose demise is dusting the sky with debris was final noticed in Southeast Asia in 1491, according to the New York Times. So watching the meteor shower is virtually time travel.

The greatest time to check out the lights will be amongst 3 a.m. and dawn early Monday morning, according to EarthSky.org. You’re going to want to get to the darkest location you can to genuinely see the flash, even though. Remain away from city lights and don’t worry too much about the moonlight mucking up your view — it is going to be a sliver of a crescent tonight.

The show should be visible by means of most of the Northern Hemisphere, but your view will be ideal if you are in Alaska or Hawaii, making this the best excuse to get a super-last-minute plane ticket to Honolulu. (Sorry, Alaska, it’s just way as well cold proper now.) Keep your eyes on the Massive Dipper and you ought to see the meteors radiating out of a spot just near the constellation. The meteor shower will have a peak of just a couple of hours, whereas most shower peak over a few days, but the fireballs will be larger and brighter than most.

But let’s face it: Waking up at 3 a.m. sucks, no matter what sort of lovely celestial phenomenon is occurring. So do not fret. You may possibly miss the huge show tonight, but according to In-the-Sky.org, shooting stars could be visible for the next couple days.

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