Don't Miss the Quadrantids Meteor Shower

Expect to see about 80 meteors an hour as it peaks Jan. 2.-3.

What a way to bring in the New Year. The Quadrantids Meteor Shower 2013 peaks on Jan. 2-3.

The Quadrantids come from an asteroid called 2003 EH1, just as the Geminids did in early December. Expect to see about 80 meteors an hour.

Tips for best viewing of the meteor shower

The meteor shower is expected to "last only a few hours," according to NASA.com. That means you should look for it in the the night of Jan. 2-3, not the night of Jan. 3-4. The best time to view the meteors will be between then and sunrise at about 7:50 a.m. 

Earthsky.org reports the Quadrantids peak might be in the hours just before dawn on Jan. 3.

"Face the general direction of north-northeast, but take in as wide an expanse of sky as possible. Watch from about 2 a.m. until dawn," Earthsky writes.

Want to Watch?

  • When/Where to Watch: Earthsky.com recommends facing the general direction of north-northeast, where you can take in as wide an expanse of sky as possible between 2 a.m. and dawn.
  • Viewing Suggestions: Any dark location with a clear view of the sky.
  • Bring: Consider a blanket or reclining lawn chair, a thermos with a hot drink, and binoculars for gazing. 
  • Remember: Check the weather forecast. If there is cloud cover in the Bloomingdale-Riverview area, you can watch a Ustream feed of the meteor shower  Jan. 2-4 on NASA.com.


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