Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2020

Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2020

Frosty Drew Observatory
Fri, Jan 3, 2020 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
$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's skies are up for grabs at this point. The Quandrantid peak is quite brief, only about 3-6 hours in duration. The Moon will sporting a 58% waxing gibbous and will set around midnight. If peak times happen after moonset, we are setup for a fabulous night! We will have more information as the date approaches. The Quadrantid shower is a quite lively producing upwards of 120 meteors per hour during the peak.

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower has a very brief peak period, lasting only 3-6 hours in duration. Timings of the peak period have a significant impact on how awesome the shower will be. The radiant point of the shower, the defunct constellation Quadrans Muralis, is located in between the handle of the big dipper and the constellation Bootes. This region of the sky sits on the north horizon at 8:00 pm for our location, and will ride the NNE horizon until about 9:30 pm. The higher in the sky the radiant point the better the shower. Once a prediction of peak times for 2020 is made, we will update this section with our expectation.

We will open the Observatory and Sky Theatre at 7:00 p.m. with our regular Stargazing Nights event, offering views of the night sky including the waxing gibbous Moon, the Orion Nebula, and more. 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!