Quadrantid meteor shower set to streak across the sky tonight

It's written in the stars! The Quadrantids aren't known for producing fireballs, but could still generate some extremely bright meteors, he notes.

'The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter-only a few hours'.

This year the spectacle of the Quadrantid shower will be most visible from late tonight (January 3) until dawn on Friday, January 4 - with the peak of the display set to occur around 2am.

The Quadrantids come from an asteroid, the Times reports, making them a little different than your average bunch of meteor showers.

Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere will have the best chance of observation, and according to Time and Date, visibility for South Florida should be "excellent".

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The peak of the Quadrantids, which can generate over 100 meteors per hour, lasts for just a few hours, but meteors will still appear before and after. They move at 26 miles per second, which is slow for shootings stars, according to the Washington Post.

With clear skies forecast there's a chance people in the north-east could witness the first meteor shower of 2019. Meteors originate from leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids.

What you'll see: You'll likely see 80 meteors per hour, if not more. Lie flat on your back with feet facing northeast and look up at the sky - it should take less than 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

"The lower natural light pollution will make it easier to see more meteors, but light pollution from cities and highways can still interfere with viewing", AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada said.

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