Quadrantid Meteor Shower Will Illuminate the Night Sky on New Year’s Weekend, Over 200 Meteors an Hour

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Quadrantid meteor shower will happen January 2 into January 3

Between a once-in-a-lifetime comet and the epic meeting of Jupiter and Saturn for the great conjunction, 2020 was a big year for celestial phenomena. (CBS image)

(CBS) – Between a once-in-a-lifetime comet and the epic meeting of Jupiter and Saturn for the great conjunction, 2020 was a big year for celestial phenomena.

But 2021 is starting off strong with the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower, which NASA calls one of the “best annual meteor showers,” from January 2 into January 3.

What are the Quadrantids?

According to NASA, the Quadrantids return each year between December 28 and January 12.

First seen in 1825, they originate from the small asteroid 1003 EH1, which was discovered in March 2003 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search.

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