Quadrantids Meteor Shower

According to this MSNBC article, amateur astronomers on the East Coast may be in for a treat during the early morning hours of Saturday, January 3rd, when the peak intensity of the annual Quadrantids Meteor Shower could produce as many as 30-60 meteors per hour.  Moonlight, which sometimes spoils celestial events like these, should not be a problem.  If only the weather will hold up!

If you want to find out more about this topic, Falling Stars:  A Guide to Meteors and Meteorites, by Mike D. Reynolds, is probably the best book we have on meteor showers in our adult collections.  But we also have some juvenile titles which may prove useful, including:  Meteors, Meteorites, and Meteoroids by Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser; Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors by Robin Kerrod; and Comets and Meteor Showers by Paul P. Sipiera.

You really don’t need optical aid to view a meteor shower, just favorable weather conditions, the absence of moonlight, and, preferably, a dark-sky location (i.e., somewhere out in the country away from city lights), though brighter meteors will no doubt be visible even in the city.    

If you have a general interest in astronomy, please note that Greensboro Public Library’s Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch has a telescope (I believe it’s an 8 inch reflector) and they sometimes have public viewings, as well as astronomy-related programming.  If you have any questions about viewing nights for the telescope and programming, please call 373-2923.


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