The Quadrantid meteor shower is 2017’s first major meteor shower and it peaks tonight.
The display is virtually nonexistent for observers in the Southern Hemisphere. But Franky Lucena shot three rare Quandrantido’ meteors in the southern Hemisphere. Extremely rare!
These three Quadrantid meteors were confirmed by using the Sonotaco program UfoAnalyzer.
All three Quadrantids were in the vicinity of the Southern Cross, which is pretty rare because they tend to favor the northern latitudes.
This is a stack of the three Quadrantids that I captured between 08:47:32 and 10:06:57 UTC.
What does this mean?
I don’t know! But one is sure, it’s extremely rare if not anomalous! Is the shower bigger than previous year? Did the path of the meteor shower’s parent body shift? Does the parent body disintegrate in larger chunks? Scientists can you please explain that strange sky phenomenon?