Anomalous Quadrantid meteor shower: 3 fireballs pictured in Southern Hemisphere – Extremely rare

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!

Rare Quadrantid Meteors In The Southern Skies, 3 extremely rare Quadrantid meteors were photographed in the Southern Skies, anomalous quandrantid meteor shower
3 extremely rare Quadrantid meteors were photographed in the Southern Skies. Frankie Lucena via Spaceweather

These three Quadrantid meteors were confirmed by using the Sonotaco program UfoAnalyzer.

Rare Quadrantid Meteors In The Southern Skies, 3 extremely rare Quadrantid meteors were photographed in the Southern Skies, anomalous quandrantid meteor shower
Frankie Lucena via Spaceweather

All three Quadrantids were in the vicinity of the Southern Cross, which is pretty rare because they tend to favor the northern latitudes.

Rare Quadrantid Meteors In The Southern Skies, 3 extremely rare Quadrantid meteors were photographed in the Southern Skies, anomalous quandrantid meteor shower
Frankie Lucena via Spaceweather

This is a stack of the three Quadrantids that I captured between 08:47:32 and 10:06:57 UTC.

Rare Quadrantid Meteors In The Southern Skies, 3 extremely rare Quadrantid meteors were photographed in the Southern Skies, anomalous quandrantid meteor shower
Frankie Lucena via Spaceweather

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?

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