Quadrantid meteor shower to light up sky

Published: Jan. 4, 2016 at 3:09 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2016 at 3:15 AM CST
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ARKLATEX (KSLA) - The Quadrantid meteor shower on Jan. 4 is expected to sizzle for observers in the United States.

The clouds cleared out of the ArkLaTex just in time for the Quadrantid meteor shower, which is always the first meteor shower of every new year.

The Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 80 per hour, varying between 60-200. The very young moon will set early, presenting an excellent opportunity for meteor observations.

Given the location of the radiant, only northern hemisphere observers will be able to see Quadrantids, according to NASA.

The show should start around 2:00 a.m. The peak should last about 2 hours with rates of 120 meteors per hour predicted in areas with a dark sky. The peak for central time is 4 a.m. - 6 a.m.

For more information about Quadrantids, click here.

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