The first meteor shower of 2013 is visible Friday just before dawn.
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Thursday, January 3
Don't blink, you might miss the first meteor shower of the year. The high-powered Quadrantids meteor shower peaked just before dawn Thursday with a maximum number of meteors per hour of about 80, but there's a chance to see them again before dawn Friday. The meteor shower is expected to "last only a few hours," according to NASA.com. If the weather doesn't cooperate, you can watch a Ustream feed of the meteor shower on Jan. 2-4 on NASA.com. About Quadrantids The meteors are believed to be a piece of a comet that broke apart centuries ago. The fragments will enter the Earth's atmosphere at 90,000 mph, burning up 50 miles above Earth's surface, according to NASA. The meteor shower is peaking while the moon is in its bright gibbous phase, …
The first meteor shower of 2013 begins Tuesday over the skies of Naugatuck.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is named for an extinct constellation, but the shooting stars that seem to sprout from it still arrive yearly, and the opening of the 2013 show will begin overnight Jan. 1 into Jan. 2. The Quadrantids is one of the lesser-known meteor showers of the year, but that doesn't mean it's anything less than spectacular. Take a look at this Quadrantids meteor shower video or these pictures of the Quadrantids. 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: "[T]he Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour, varying between 60-200. The waxing gibbous moon will set around 3 a.m. local time, leaving about two …