Catch the Quadrantid Meteor Shower Tonight

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 3rd, 2012

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.

Quadrantids Will Create Brief, Beautiful Show on Jan. 4 [NASA]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/3/12
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