Quadrantid Meteor Shower in Cary


Time lapse photo by Christopher.

Cary, NC – Missed the big Quadrantid meteor shower last night? Well, it actually goes on for 11 more days. Wednesday night was cloudy, but tonight might be your best chance to see the big astronomy show in Cary, NC.

Quadrantid Meteor Shower

The Quadrantid meteor shower is a trail of cosmic dust that sparkles through our atmosphere every January in its trip around the solar system.

Other famous meteor showers throughout the year include the Perseids in August, the Leonids in November and the Geminids in December.

Clear Skies in Cary Tonight?

The Quadrantid meteor shower is most evident between 3 AM and dawn. Last night and early this morning was the predicted peak activity. But the night sky over Cary was overcast. Fortunately, the show goes on for a few more days.

Tonight’s weather is predicted to clear as the evening develops. The wee hours of Friday morning may be your best shot for viewing the Quadrantids in Cary.

Where to Look

The Quadrantids appear to come out of the northern sky, just below the Big Dipper. It’s best viewed from somewhere dark (i.e. without street or house lights in the area) with a good view of the northern horizon line.

January’s meteor shower has a brief, intense peak with up to one meteor per minute.

Meteor showers can be viewed with the naked eye – telescope or binoculars are not required.

Dress warmly if you are up before dawn on Friday morning and take a look at the northern horizon. You may be surprised to see one of the great wonders of the Earth.


Ilustration from WikiPedia.