Light it up: 2017 skies open up with meteors and a comet
2017 opened up with some amazing sights to see.
Look to the northern skies tonight and into early Tuesday morning — around 6:30 a.m. — for one of the most amazing meteor showers of the year.
The Quadrantid meteor shower will put on one of the year’s best shows, if you know just where to look. And if you are lucky and have clear skies, meteors may pour out of the sky, just below the handle of the Big Dipper.
This is one meteor shower that peaks over a few hours and not days! You may still see a few Quadrantid meteors on the next night and morning too.
The Quadrantid shower is named after an obsolete constellation called Quadrans Muralis, a device that measures celestial objects. Meteors from this shower are thought to come from an asteroid, not a comet like most meteor showers.
If that does not get you interested in viewing the sky; we have a small comet that will be visible in binoculars, low in the south western sky after sunset. The comet will require binoculars or a small telescope to view.
To follow the Sky with Dr. Sky, get your January star chart here.
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- Venus, goddess of love, to return to evening sky for Valentine’s Day
- So-called super blue blood moon to reveal itself in Arizona this week
- Catch a glimpse of marvelous Orion Nebula from your Arizona yard
- Arizona skywatchers will be treated by Mars, Jupiter and moon this month