Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks Jan. 3 - Rosman, NC

 

January 1, 2018



Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) alert the public to the Quadrantid meteor shower in early January.

Meteors result from particles of dust causing the atmosphere to glow as the particles enter the upper atmosphere of Earth. Most meteor showers are caused by debris from comets, but a couple, like the Quadrantids, are known to originate from asteroids. The particles that cause the Quadrantid meteor shower originate from the asteroid 2003 EH1. Since the orbit of 2003 EH1 is highly inclined to the orbit of Earth, Earth passes through it very quickly. Thus, wh...



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