Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

Quadrans Muralis resurrected. Credit Dave Dickinson

Quadrans Muralis resurrected. Credit Dave Dickinson

The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November previous year when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha.

Those in the Northern Hemisphere have the best chance of seeing them, especially if they're in a dark moonless area.

The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity.

The meteor shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Bootes. The Gazette reports it'll peak between midnight and dawn on Friday with up to 100 meteors are expected per hour. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation.

He continues by saying that in 2003, an astronomer by the name of Peter Jenniskens "tentatively identified" the parent body of the Quadrantids as rocky-bodied asteroid 2003 EH1, as opposed to an icy comet.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

To get the best view of the meteor shower, NASA recommends finding a place well away from city or street lights. As Earth's orbit passes through the debris, the bits of rock and ice collide with the atmosphere and burn up, creating bright streaks in the night sky.

Right out of the gate 2019 has some celestial moments that are sure to help you start your year off right. Give your eyes roughly 10 minutes to adjust to the dark. Find out what time to see it on Time and Date. Though the moon may block out the full light show, on April 23 you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower.

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