Unless you’ve been staring at the sky a lot lately, you may not have noticed the full-on meteor shower that’s currently taking place. The annual Quadrantids Meteor Shower has, in fact, been lighting up the night skies since December 27 and will continue to do so until January 10. But the shower peaks this week, with the brightest showing of the hurtling space debris happening January 3 and 4.
The Quadrantids Meteor Shower peaks each year in early January, though it’s not nearly as well known as other showers. This is in part because of its short-lasting peak showing, along with the fact that the northern latitudes at which it’s most visible tend to be quite cold this time of year. If you aren’t in a place to see the shower, follow #quadrantids on social media for updated pics from viewers around the world.
Europe is the best spot to see the celestial event, with the peak happening at 2:00 AM GMT. The meteor shower’s peak can be seen in North America, as well; however, you’ll only be able to see it during the early evening sans clouds. The further north you are, the better chance you’ll have of seeing the show. Working in your favor is the fact that the moon cycle is in a low phase this week, keeping skies darker — perfectly suited for unfolding a lawn chair in the backyard, grabbing a cuppa, and settling in for an evening of stargazing.