Guide to 2014 Meteor Showers: The Quadrantids Peak First

Dates for Quadrantrid meteor shower peak.

2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. (Photo courtesy NASA.)
2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. (Photo courtesy NASA.)

By Todd Richissin

Fireworks flew over the skies over Northern Virginia this week, but some of them had nothing to do with the holidays.

The Quadrantids, the last meteor shower of 2013 — and the first of 2014 — started on Dec. 28, with the meteor shower peak set for Friday. 

On the East Coast, you can look up into the skies Friday night. The weather forecast for Falls Church is clear for viewing the Quadrantids that night: Mostly clear during the peak.

NASA's list of 2014 meteor showers says to expect about 80 meteors per hour at the peak, which comes with a new moon setting early — meaning a dark sky for the show.

The radiant will be located in the northern tip of the constellation Bootes, meaning only observers living in the northern hemisphere will be able to see this meteor shower in the night sky. 


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