You can see Quadrantids shooting stars between December 28th 2012 and January 12th 2013. This meteor shower reaches its peak activity on January 3rd very early at 03:24. The moon rises around midnight (lunar calendar for Hawaii) but luckily is not very bright. This makes 2013 an alright/good year to watch the Quadrantids from Hawaii.
The best time to see the Quadrantids from Hawaii in 2013 is between midnight and the early morning of January 3rd.
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Why is it called the “Quadrantids”?
The Quadrantids meteor shower is named after an abandoned constellation named Quadrans Muralis. This constellation was invented in 1795 by the astronomer Joseph Jérôme de Lalande to honor the wall-mounted instrument which he used for measuring star positions (a “Quadrant” is an improved astrolabe, and is used to measure angles up to 90°, “muralis” is Latin for wall). The constellation never really caught on and was abandoned, However, it now is the most well known out-of-date constellation because it gives its name to the Quadrantids meteor shower.
The Quadrantids are special because this meteor shower has a very ‘sharp’ peak intensity. The shower is most active for only a short amount of time (the meteor rates exceed one-half of their highest value for only about 8 hours). This means that the space debris that causes this shower has been left ‘on location’ pretty recently, within the last ±500 years.
Best time and place to see the Quadrantids from Hawaii
The Quadrantids produce around 100 shooting stars / hour during their peak. This year, the peak of the meteor shower is at 03:24 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time on January 3rd.
The radiant (or place where the shooting stars seem to come from) lies between the Big Dipper and Bootes constellations. The radiant of the Quadrantids will rise over the North East horizon just after midnight, and rise higher as the night progresses.
The best places to watch a meteor shower are the ones that have dark skies and little light pollution. Luckily Hawaii is full of such places, and while there are many good places to watch, it is often more fun to watch the meteors together. For a collection of more trivia and viewing tips have a look at our meteor shower guide for Hawaii.
If you are on Hawaii and look up at 03:00 a.m. in the beginning of January, the sky will look something like this:
Print out this sky map and take it with you to easily find the radiant of the meteor shower. You can see the shooting stars in a large area around the radiant, so don’t focus you attention to much at a small patch of sky.
Where will you watch the Quadrantids meteor shower?
Do you know of a good place with little or no light pollution in your area to view meteor showers? Is there a confirmed meet-up? Feel free to leave the address in the comments section below, and have fun stargazing!