There’s a Meteor Shower this January 2021, However
Last year’s astronomical events have been amazing. There were the Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon, Annular Solar Eclipse, Southern Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower, Comet NEOWISE, Perseids Meteor Shower , Orionid Meteor Shower, Blue Moon , Leonids Meteor Shower, Geminids Meteor Shower, and many others.
And for the first month of this year, 2021, the annual Quadrantid meteor shower is among the events to look forward to. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the meteor shower will be active from January 1 to 7, 2021.
The Annual Quadrantid Meteor Shower
The annual Quadrantid meteor shower’s peak activity can be observed on January 3 to 4, 2021. During its peak, meteors can be seen at the rate of at least 20 meteors per hour.
The shower will appear to radiate from the constellation of Bootes, a diamond-shaped constellation which contains the star Arcturus.
However, the Moon Will Interfere
Although National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that the Quadrantids are considered to be one of the best annual meteor showers, the moonlight will, unfortunately, interfere with viewing these meteors this year.
PAGASA also stated that the bright waning moon which is about eighty five percent (85%) illuminated will cast an interfering glare across the nights. Thus, will interfere with the viewing of the annual Quadrantid meteor shower activity.
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Source: PAGASA, NASA| Solar System Exploration