peaks at 14h UT. Active between December 28 and January 12.
Produces up to 120 meteors per hour. Radiant is in northern
Quadrantids (Gary Kronk)
(closest to Sun) at 14h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 0.983309
a.u. or 147.1 million kilometers.
at Aphelion and Perihelion (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
at 19:47 UT.
near the Pleiades
(evening sky) at 22h UT.
(45° from Sun, evening sky) at 17h UT. Mag. -4.6.
Venus and Mars
within a 5.5° circle (evening sky) at 22h UT.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)