We welcome the new year with a bang as the Quadrantid Meteor Shower graces the
night skies from January 3 to January 7. According to PAGASA, during its peak on
January 4, 40 to 120 Quadrantids can be seen per hour in perfect conditions. It will start around 12 a.m. and ends in the early morning of January 5.
Unlike most meteor showers that originate from comets, Quadrantids are remnants
of an asteroid called 2003 EH 1. Quadrantids were first seen by French Astronomer
Jerome Lalande in 1825 in the constellation, “Quadrans Muralis”.
In 1992, after the International Astronomical Union published a list of recognized
modern constellations, Quadrans Muralis was left off the list. However, NASA
assured that this would not affect our viewing since the constellation is not the
source of the meteors.
Here’s how you can witness the Quadrantid Meteor Shower:
• Choose a secluded viewing spot away from city lights.
• Arrive early at the chosen viewing spot to give your eyes time to adjust to the
• Wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothes.
• Be patient. Observing meteors may take a lot of time.