First meteor shower of 2013 follows New Year celebrations

The first meteor shower of the new year will be visible Wednesday night, January 2 through its peak in the pre-dawn hours Friday, January 4.   

The Quadrantid meteor shower happens every year in January.  The meteor shower happens when Earth passes through debris from an asteroid that also produces the Geminid meteor shower every December. 

If you’re in an area with clear, dark skies you will be able to see up to 40 meteors per hour. 

The waning gibbous moon will be out, and moonlight might make faint meteors more difficult to see. says people in the northern hemisphere should look toward the northeast, near the Big Dipper to see the Quadrantid meteor shower. 

If you don’t want to brave the cold weather, NASA plans to record and live-stream the peak time of the Quadrantid meteor shower. 

Quadrantid meteor shower map used with permission from

Quadrantid meteor shower map used with permission from


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