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Posted On: 3 January 2020 08:30 am
Updated On: 3 January 2020 12:00 pm

Quadrantid Meteor Shower to light up Qatar skies today

Khadiza Begum
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Quadrantid

The magical astronomical event ''Quadrantid Meteor Shower' takes place every year during early January, as leftover comet particles and broken asteroid pieces come around the sun and emit a dusty trail for the Earth to pass through. According to NASA, it is considered to be one of the best annual meteor showers.

Residents of Northern Hemisphere including Qatar resident will have a good chance to seeing and observing Quadrantid meteor shower, moreover, it will illuminate northern hemisphere sky from the evening of Friday ( 3 January 2020) until the dawn of Saturday (4 January 2020), Qatar Calendar House (QCH) has announced.

Quadrantids are known for their beautiful bright "fireball" meteors that come from the large explosions of light and color, lasting longer than a typical meteor streak. They are originated from larger particles of material and are brighter than average meteors.

If you want to enjoy a clear view, head out to somewhere with relatively little light pollution so that the night sky is more visible as Anna Ross, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich says: “For the best chances to spot the meteor, find a dark area of clear sky and allow around 20 minutes to let your eyes adapt to the dark. It may also be advisable to lie down as you will be looking up for a long time.”

A few things to note down for a clear view of the meteor shower

  • The best time for observing Quadrantid meteor shower in Qatar is at midnight till dawn time of Saturday and you need to looking to northeast horizon of sky.
  • You don't need any astronomical instrumentations to observe the phenomena.
  • You can take pictures of the shower using digital cameras.
  • The best spot is a darker area without light and environmental pollutions. Better you go outside of the city like Al Khor, Dukhan or any other places with no light pollution.

Are you fond of seeing meteor showers? If yes, how are you preparing for the arrival of the natural phenomena in Qatar? Drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!


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