Quadrantid meteor shower, first of the year, peaks tonight

The Quadrantid meteor shower is unpredictable and sometimes difficult to see, but skygazers say tonight will be clear and dark enough that the first meteor shower of the year may also be the best.


The Quadrantid meteor shower in 2009. (Mila Zinkova /Wikipedia commons)

Discovered in the 1830s and named after an obsolete constellation, the shower will be visible between the Draco and Bootes constellations.


(IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg)/Via Wikipedia Creative Commons)

To best catch the celestial event, check out a sky map of the shower at Space.com or watch this handy video on how to best watch a meteor shower, via Howcast:

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