If you missed out on a romantic evening on New Year’s Eve, no problem, you can have a romantic evening tonight and you just have to step outside of your apartment in Mooresville, NC. The shooting stars that arrive from the Quadrantid meteor shower are a yearly event, and the opening of the 2013 show is still going on tonight through January 4th.
The Quadrantids is one of the lesser-known meteor showers of the year, but that doesn't mean it's anything less than spectacular.
While the shower begins overnight on the first day of the new year, NASA tells us Quadrantid meteor shower peaks in the wee morning hours of Jan. 4: "(The) Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour, varying between 60-200. The moon will set around 3 a.m. local time, leaving about two hours of excellent meteor observing before dawn."
Where to look
The best way to spot the meteor shower is to look north and find the Big Dipper then look farther north. Quadrantids can be seen anywhere in the sky so if you see one in an area, you’re likely to see more in that spot, so keep your eyes transfixed to that location.
Spacedex.com says the annual Quadrantids shower has one of the highest predicted hourly rates of all the major showers. The Quadrantids are also well known for producing fireballs, meteors that are exceptionally bright.