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Annual meteor shower should be visible in southern Colorado

Dark skies are a must if you want to get the best view of the shower Dark skies are a must if you want to get the best view of the shower
Sandy Nunez | 05 January, 2019, 20:46

Those who didn't get their fill of fireworks on New Year's Eve will soon have another chance to look at the sky in awe, as the first meteor shower of 2019 is expected to peak Thursday evening and continue into early Friday morning.

NASA calls the January celestial event one of the best annual shows in the night sky, only three meteor showers during the course of the year are capable of producing that many meteors in an hour. For sky watchers to witness the crescendo of meteors, the timing must be right.

However, the peak will only last a few hours. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation. The Orionid meteor shower derives its name from the constellation Orion. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle", NASA explains.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

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You'll be able to see them with the naked eye if you stand in a dark spot away from street lights.

Experts recommend dedicating at least 45 minutes to viewing the meteor shower - as eyes can require up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse.

Between January 20 and 21, a rare super blood moon total lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, western areas in Europe and Africa, and a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in central and eastern Africa, Europe and Asia.

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.