(ENGLAND) JUST IN: The UK is about to be treated to a dazzling celestial display as up to 100 shooting stars scorch through the sky every hour #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.04: It’s most visible to people living in the northern hemisphere, which means we should be in a great position to see all the action.

#AceDailyNews says according to a MetroUk News Report: Quadrantid meteor shower 2022: When, where and how to see it UK: Tonight, the Quadrantids meteor shower will reach its peak for a few glorious hours by Monday 3 Jan 2022 3:55 pm

The Quadrantids are ‘one of the best annual meteor showers’ and they'll hit their peak tonight.
The Quadrantids are ‘one of the best annual meteor showers’ and they’ll hit their peak tonight. (Credit: Reuters/Rex)

The meteor shower will hit its peak at about midnight, with meteors raining down on Earth until dawn.

Nasa said the Quadrantids are ‘one of the best annual meteor showers’.

‘Most meteor showers have a two-day peak, which makes catching sight of these other meteors much more possible,’ it added.

‘The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter—only a few hours.’

Was out viewing the #Quadrantids meteor shower last night into this morning and caught a faint view of the Northern Lights. While the Northern Lights weren’t spectacular, the meteors were. I’d say my view rate was probably about 25-50/hr however, photographing… (1/x) pic.twitter.com/G5dsDwTuXM— Ryan Knapp (@WXKnapper) January 3, 2022

Nasa believes that between 60 and 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour under perfect conditions during the shower’s peak.

‘Quadrantids are also known for their bright fireball meteors,’ Nasa added.

‘Fireballs are larger explosions of light and colour that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. This is due to the fact that fireballs originate from larger particles of material.’

When to see the Quadrantid meteor shower in the UK tonight

Landscape of the Quadrantid meteor shower over in the Great Khingan Mountains, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, 4 January 2019. The first meteor shower of 2019, the Quadrantid shower, lit up the sky between Thursday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 4 over the sky in the Great Khingan Mountains in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. (Imaginechina via AP Images)
The Quadrantid meteor shower over in the Great Khingan Mountains in northeast China (Credits: Imagine China)

The best time is between midnight this evening through until about 6am tomorrow morning.

You’ll be able to see them with the naked eye if you stand in a dark spot away from street lights.

However, your eyes will take a while to adjust to the gloom so try to be patient.

Where can you see the Quadrantid meteor shower?

Quadrantid meteor shower over in the Great Khingan Mountains in northeast China's Heilongjiang province.
The meteor shower will be visible across the entire northern hemisphere. (Credits: REX/Shutterstock)

They will be visible across the northern hemisphere, including in the UK.

Of course, the further north you go, the better your chances of spotting them.

The skies are predicted to be reasonably clear across the country tonight.

This means you should have a good chance of seeing a shooting star.

What is the Quadrantid meteor shower?

Quadrans Muralis is no longer a recognised constellation (Getty Images)
Quadrans Muralis is no longer a recognised constellation. (Getty Images)

The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called ‘Quadrans Muralis’, which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

The French astronomer Jérôme Lalande created the constellation that included portions of Boötes and Draco, but it has since fallen out of use. 

Unlike most meteor showers, which originate from debris left behind by comets, the Quandrantids come from asteroid 2003 EH1, which may be a ‘dead comet’. 

How best to see Quadrantid meteor shower?

A man watches a meteor during the Geminid meteor shower over Brimham Rocks, a collection of balancing rock formations in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 15, 2020. The Geminid meteor shower is active between 4th and 17th of December and is regarded as one of the most reliable of the year with as many as 70 meteors an hour. Brimham Rocks rocks began forming roughly 320 million years ago, when water, grit, and sand washed down from Scotland and Norway. However, standing nearly 30 feet tall the bizarre formations that can be seen today were created as the millstone grit was eroded during the last glacial period. See PA story SCIENCE Geminid. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Face northeast, and try to get far away from light pollution to see the meteors. (Credits: PA)

You should face northeast but try to keep an eye on the entire sky.

Here are Nasa’s tips for viewing the Quadrantids: ‘Come prepared for winter weather with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

‘Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors.

‘Be patient—the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.’

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