Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

First meteor shower of 2019 peaks Thursday

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Sandra Phillips | 06 January, 2019, 03:12

If you're in Korea, meteor showers will brighten the night skies starting Friday night.

The meteor shower is expected to peak at 2am, with the Met Office suggesting people in the north-east will have a moderate chance of viewing the display if the skies remain clear. The best hours are late night and early predawn-and tonight is when the show is going to reach its peak. "Be patient - the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse", it wrote.

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

Weather experts also advise that you avoid looking at your smartphone as it takes your eyes a while to adjust to the darkness.

Like the Geminid meteor shower, the Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid or "rock comet", rather than an icy comet, which is unusual.

What you'll see: You'll likely see 80 meteors per hour, if not more.

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Whether you live there or are willing to make the venture be sure to head down to the Southern Hemisphere to witness the spectacle of a total solar eclipse.

The Quadrantid meteor showers are known for being slow-moving and colorful, including green, yellow, pink and light blue.

Also triggered from the debris from Halley's Comet, the Orionid meteor shower will take place October 2 to November 7, peaking at night on October 21-22.

Singapore Science Centre advised stargazers to check the star map as the shower will appear near the constellations Bootes, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. This year, the peak is set to occur at 9 p.m. EST Thursday evening, according to the International Meteor Organization.

As the Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through cosmic debris.

This year's event as rare.

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