For people in the United Kingdom, it is certainly a welcome note in the New Year as they will be able to experience the Quadrantids meteor shower for the next few days. And to add a cherry on top, there will be a partial solar eclipse as well. So people in UK will be in for a real treat for sure over the next few days. Meteors are the burning or the luminous bodies that burn up in our atmosphere and make it a spectacular sight.
For people looking to brighten the early morning cold can now look forward to the option of the Quadrantids meteor shower. This is a regular shower that takes place in the first week of January each year and the people from all over the world throng the place to witness the beautiful sight. It may not be the brightest or the biggest, but the Quadrantids meteor shower is certainly above average and better than most of the meteoric shower and in a clear sky the rate of the shower can go up by a rate of forty meteors per hour.
These meteors originate from the north east and the north direction around the popular and most familiar Plough constellation. Some people may have been very lucky in the last few weeks who may have witnessed the full lunar eclipse after the Winter Solstice. But the cloud and snow, which covered most of the sky in UK, did play a spoil sport in this matter. However, the sky is clear now and hence provides with the opportunity to observe the meteoric shower. The visibility factor will not be any issue this time round and you can certainly observe the heavenly experience. Incidentally, we can see that the natural orbit of the earth will be at its closest annual point on 4th January.
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