Quadrantid meteor set to sparkle night sky on weekend with 2015's first meteor shower
(4 years ago)
Washington, Jan 3 : Quadrantid meteor shower will make this weekend's night sky sparkle, making it the first meteor shower of 2015.
Quadrantid meteor got its name from a constellation named Quadrans Muralis, the Wall Quadrant, which was incorporated into the constellation Bootes in 1922, CBS News reported.
While the Quadrantid meteor shower can produce as many bright meteors during its peak as the more famous Perseids, the shower's actual peak time is much narrower, making the chances of seeing a Quadrantid much less than those of seeing a Perseid.
According to predictions, the 2015 Quadrantid meteor shower will peak on the night of Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT), during which the radiant will be close to the northern horizon and there is a good chance of seeing "Earth-grazers" -- meteors coming in close to the horizon to the east and west.