Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

EarthSky, at https://earthsky.org/, says meteors will come from the northern sky with the radiant point making a right angle with the Big Dipper and the star Arcturus. In Denver, it will peak at about 7 p.m.

The Quadrantid shower lasts for weeks, but it has a very narrow peak of a few hours with maximum activity.

History: The meteor shower is named after the constellation Quadrans Muralis, which was first observed in 1795, CNN reports.

The new year began with the most distant flyby of a planetary object, and it continues with the Quadrantid meteor shower Thursday night, one of the best annual shows in the night sky, according to NASA. It is not now included on the International Astronomical Union's list of constellations.

It typically occurs in early January and has a shorter peak than others, the website stated.

Even if you only catch the shower at an off-peak moment, the rates of about 25 meteors per hour are still expected. If, however the peak is delayed, North America may be treated to more of the peak, but there will likely still be clouds locally.

Depending on light pollution you could see as many as 100 shooting stars per hour, meaning darker areas of the north-east could be your best bet - just make sure to wrap up warm. "So that is definitely going to make them look brighter".

The network has also listed the three "best practices" for watching meteor showers. Once you're warmly dressed and in the dark, allow for your eyes to adjust.

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

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.

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