Tonight the Quadrantids will peak. The meteor shower actually started on December 28th and will continue till January 12th, however tonight is the apex. While most meteor showers reach their climax for a couple of days, the Quadrantids is different. The height of the shower will last only a few hours with up to 80 meteors an hour.
Hopefully the clouds will hold off here in the Ozarks for our chance to see the meteors. You won’t need any special equipment to see the shower, but the best chance to see them is in a place where there isn’t a lot of light pollution.
If you want to see what your chances are like to see the shower- Time and Date has an interactive meteor shower map. Click here
The Quadrantids meteor show gets its name from the constellation Quadrans Muralis- which no longer exists. Quadrans Muralis was first observed in 1795 between Bootes and Draco and was not included in the International Astronomical Union’s list of modern constellations in 1922. The Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid, which are also called “rock comet,” 2003 EH1. The asteroid takes around 5.5 years to orbit around the Sun.