Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

The Quadrantids can be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year

The Quadrantids can be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year

According to CNN, the Quadrantid meteor shower is set to peak Thursday night going into Friday morning.

According to the American Meteor Society, the shower is expected to reach its peak in the USA between midnight and dawn Friday.

Stargazers in Singapore will be able to view the shower without the use of binoculars or telescopes, provided there is clear weather, said the Singapore Science Centre, adding that they can expect to witness up to 120 meteors per hour on this particular occasion. The International Meteor Organization predicts the peak of the shower to be at 2 a.m. coordinated universal time, which is around 7 Kingman, according to a conversion chart at

The peak of the Quadrantids, which can generate over 100 meteors per hour, lasts for just a few hours, but meteors will still appear before and after.

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

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower?

The Quadrantids get their name from Quadrantid Muralis, a constellation - no longer recognized as one - first spotted between Boötes and Draco in 1795. The shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Boötes. Most meteors come from comets, but Quadrantids come from the asteroid or "rock comet" 2003 EH1. However, EarthSky also notes that asteroid could be the same object as one observed by Chinese, Japanese and Korean astronomers some 500 years ago. They tend to be a little fainter in the sky - so much so that you might not see them.

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