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A spectacular shooting star is expected to appear at the beginning of January

A spectacular shooting star is expected to appear at the beginning of January

This weather phenomenon will be most dramatic in the early hours of January 4, the Svábhegy Star Observatory told MTI on Friday.

The most important and exciting astronomical event at the beginning of the year is the arrival of the Quadrantids meteor shower – as they wrote in the announcement.

According to information, it is a meteor shower that ideally attracts an average of 130 meteors in the northern sky per hour, thus competing with the Perseid meteors in August (with a maximum of 84 meteors) and the Geminid meteors in December (with a maximum of 88 meteors). Meteors per hour).

Shooting stars, or meteors, consist of dust particles and pieces of rock that hurtle through space at speeds several times the speed of a spaceship. A long, bright ion channel is created in the Earth's upper atmosphere, which people see as a meteor.

The parent body of the Quadrantid meteor shower is asteroid 2003 EH1, which is only 3 km in diameter. Interestingly, asteroids rarely produce debris clouds in their orbits that form the basis of meteor showers. However, the strange orb is still responsible for the Quadrantid meteor shower, suggesting that 2003 EH1 is actually the nucleus of comet C/1490 Y1, which astronomers in the Far East observed five hundred years ago. They wrote that this object could have left behind a thin cloud of dust that meets Earth every year in the first days of January, crossing our planet's orbit around the sun.

According to information, the best time to observe quadrupeds is the hours before dawn on Thursday. The swarm's radiation will rise to its highest point at six in the morning, and its height will approach the eighty-degree horizon in the eastern sky. He added: “The moon will not help us this time, as it is relatively close to radiation, and will shine in the Virgo constellation at a stage of 49 percent, which will certainly make it difficult to detect the 3-6 magnitude meteors that it consists of.” They add the majority of quatrains. Meanwhile, the swarm is also filled with very bright fireballs, so with a favorable sky, there's a good chance of a stunning and memorable shooting star. The only thing to do is to look for a dark area, devoid of city lights – as in Budapest, for example, Normava or Harmachatar Hegy – reads the advertisement.

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A detailed description of this phenomenon and its observation can be found on the website of the Svábhegy Star Observatory (

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