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Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

The Quadrantids can be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year The Quadrantids can be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year
Cary Marshall | 05 January, 2019, 20:46

If the meteor shower's name sounds odd, it's probably because it doesn't sound like it's related to a constellation, like other meteor showers.

In ideal conditions, observers have seen anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors per hour in this particular shower, though the viewing window is notoriously short. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight up. As Earth's orbit passes through the debris, the bits of rock and ice collide with the atmosphere and burn up, creating bright streaks in the night sky. The best time to watch the Quadrantid shower is from late night January 3 until dawn on January 4.

Tonight, the Quadrantids meteor shower will reach its peak for a few glorious hours.

You should face northeast but try to keep an eye on the entire sky. But EarthSky.org notes that predicting the peak of a meteor shower is just an educated guess.

If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st.

Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas.

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It's most visible to people living in the northern hemisphere, which means we should be in a great position to see all the action.

So what is the history of this yearly meteor shower? The shower should start at 9pm EST towards the tail of the Big Dipper.

The Quadrantids arrive in the skies each year in the first week of January.

Compared to other meteor showers such as Geminids or Orionids, the Quadrantids can be harder to observe due to their small peak time.

Taking place around Christmas, residents in Asia, Eastern Europe, Western Australia, and East Africa will get to witness the celestial beauty of an annular solar eclipse, or what is also known as a partial eclipse.

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