Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Quadrantid meteor shower thrills and chills viewers; still visible Thursday morning

Star gazers braved the cold and the dark on Wednesday morning to catch the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower. Dennis Bloom took the below photo at 5 a.m. in his backyard in Suffolk, England, using a Canon 500D, Peleng 8mm fisheye lens and a one-minute exposure at ISO800.


(Dennis Bloom)

Others, though, opted for the NASA live stream video feeds to stay warm and still see the meteors falling. Larry Martinelli did both. “Outside Philadelphia, where it’s currently 14F. . . I saw a handful. But it’s too cold to keep looking. It’s much warmer watching Ustream feed,” he wrote.

Fans reported on the show on NASA’s Facebook page, with admiration: “Nothing but marvellous” and “We saw at least 50!”

The show is not entirely over. Though the peak hit Wednesday morning, there still will be some lingering showers early Thursday, though the rate will drop to about 1/10th the amount of Wednesday’s shower, according to Bill Cooke, NASA’s expert on the subject.

For those still dedicated to seeing the show, the meteors can be spotted just to the side of the Big Dipper. Bundle up.

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