SCAS JANUARY 2020 - Barb Yager
First Quarter Moon January 2nd @ 11:45 pm
Full Moon January 10th @ 2:21 pm
Last Quarter Moon January 17th @ 7:58 am pm
New Moon January 24th @ 4:42 pm
THE QUADRANTID METEOR SHOWER PEAKS ON THE MORNING OF JANUARY 4TH
The Quadrantids are active from December 27th to January 10th, 2020
The Quadrantids have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year but usually fall short due to the short length of maximum activity (6 hours) and the poor weather experienced during early January. The average hourly rates one can expect under dark skies is 25. These meteors usually lack persistent trains but often produce bright fireballs. Due to the high northerly declination (celestial latitude) these meteors are not well seen from the southern hemisphere.
Next Peak - The Quadrantids will next peak on the Jan 3-4, 2020 night. On this night, the moon will be 58% full.
Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for meteors and fireballs during December:
- Get out of the city to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing
- If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes.
- Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you - viewing meteors, just like any other kind of star gazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable. Plus, you may not want to leave until you can't see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the SE at dawn