This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower

Expect to see about 80 meteors per hour, but there could be as many as 200.

Perseids meteor shower: The annual Perseid shower will peak the night of August 12 and early morning of August 13. In Denver, it will peak at about 7 p.m. Unlike the Perseids and Geminids, the peak for this particular shower only lasts several hours.

The exact peak of the shower, according to the International Meteor Organization, will be at 2:00 a.m. UTC, when skygazers in Europe may get the best view.

Astronomy lovers in the region, including in Singapore and Malaysia, may want to stay up on Thursday (Jan 3) night with the first - and possibly best - meteor shower of the year expected to peak in the early hours of Friday. The Quadrantid meteor shower rains light over the northern hemisphere this week, particularly on January 3 and 4.

If clouds thwart viewing plans, both NASA and Slooh will provide live streams of the meteor shower.

The Quadrantids appear to come from a constellation called "Quadrans Muralis", which was created in 1795 but is no longer recognised as a constellation.

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It typically occurs in early January and has a shorter peak than others, the website stated.

Stargazers in urban areas may have more luck spotting meteors if they travel to a place with a wide view of the sky and less light pollution, NASA explains.

For people in North America, that won't be the case this year.

If you missed the full moon-meteor shower combo over Christmas, don't fret. 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.

You will get ample opportunity to see meteor showers in 2019.

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