It’s one of the lesser known and briefest meteor showers of the year but it makes up for it with a stunning display that peaks at 200+ meteors per hour; catch it tonight.
Although it’s not as well known as its cousins the Perseid and Geminid showers, the Quadrantid shower–named after a now extinct constellation–offers a dazzling display. Unlike the aforementioned meteor showers the Quadrantid shower is a one-night only affair; if you don’t catch it tonight you’ll have to wait until next January.
At around 3 a.m. the moon sets and leaves a solid 2 hours of meteor watching before sunrise. You can stay up late or set your alarm early, but either way you’ll want to catch the show between 3-4 a.m. for maximum clarity.
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- Published 01/3/12