Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2019

Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2019

Frosty Drew Observatory
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
$5 Suggested Donation per Person

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower is one of the best (if not the best) meteor shower of the year. Quadrantid Meteors are bright with a greenish hue, many of which are fireball meteors. This year the skies are setting us up for an awesome night of meteor observation with practically no Moon until the 2% waning crescent rises at dawn. This will set us up for super dark skies and excellent meteor viewing all night long. The Quadrantid shower is a quite lively producing upwards of 120 meteors per hour during the peak.

We will open the Observatory and telescopes at 8:00 p.m. with views of the night sky including distant nebulae and galaxies. As meteors become more frequent we will close the Observatory 16" telescope and have everybody setup outside to watch the peak of the meteor shower.

Temperatures will be cold so be sure to dress warm! Winter coats, long johns, thick socks, hat, gloves, good winter shoes, and blankets (while observing meteors) are a necessity. Be sure to bring a blanket to lay on or a reclining chair for optimal meteor observation.

Take a minute to read up on visiting the Frosty Drew Observatory and catch up on what to / not to bring and how to adequately prepare for a comfortable nigh of meteor watching.

Please note that we do not allow any white lights on our campus from dusk - dawn. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all as well as to allow for the use of light sensitive astronomical equipment. Learn more about why we have this requirement in The Red Light District

Grab those binoculars, dust off that telescope, and join us under the beautiful dark skies at Frosty Drew Observatory and kick off the year with the Quadrantids!