The stargazers will be greeted with the first meteor shower of 2015 as the night sky will see the meteor activity at its peak on Saturday.
According to the scientists, year’s first meteor display will be the Quadrantid meteor shower.
The showers of meteor usually get their names from the constellation in the sky where their radiant is originated. Radiant is the point in the sky from where the meteor appears to radiate. For example, the Perseids meteors are named for Perseus or the Geminids are named after Gemini.
But there is no constellation called Quadrans in the sky. Then from where did the Quadrantids get their name from? Scientists explain Quadrantid meteor got its name from a combination of constellations named Quadrans Muralis, the Wall Quadrant, and Boötes in the year 1922.
When at its peak, the Quadrantid meteor shower posses similar brightness and spark as the more famous Perseids. But its actual peak time is much narrower than Perseids, making the chances of watching a Quadrantid is much less than Perseid.
From the past observations, the astronomers are predicting that the the first Quadrantid meteor shower of this New Year will peak at 9 pm EST (0200 GMT) on January 3 (Saturday). According to the scientists, the radiant will be close to the northern horizon during this time. This will offer the skygazers a good chance of watching the incredible meteors shower.
With the progressing night, the radiant will also rise higher in the northeastern sky, making the meteors more visible over a larger swath of sky, in the east.
The best time to watch the Quadrantids will be between midnight and 2 am local time.