Poor timing to diminish intensity of Quadrantid meteor shower in U.S.

The Quadrantids can be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year

The Quadrantids can be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year

Be sure you look up if you're outdoors tonight, the meteor shower of the year will be splashing the sky with hundreds of meteors as we get into Friday, during its peak, the Quadrantid meteor shower can shoot up to 100 meteors per hour! But they will be most visible at their peak on January 3, according to the American Meteor Society website.

Considered one of the brightest meteor showers in 2019, you definitely will want to make an effort to see this celestial event.

You don't need any special equipment to watch the meteor shower - the naked eye is the best instrument to use.

Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society says observers in the USA can expect around 25 Quadrantids per hour at its best. Around 60 percent of the meteors will be outside the field of view in North America, though stargazers in that region should still expect to see roughly 30 to 40 percent of meteors per hour, according to the Washington Post.

'Fireballs are larger explosions of light and colour that can persist longer than an average meteor streak.

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The best time is between midnight at about 6am in the morning.

However, your eyes will take a while to adjust to the gloom so try to be patient.

This means you should have a good chance of seeing a shooting star.

Here are Nasa's tips for viewing the Quadrantids: 'Come prepared for winter weather with a sleeping bag, blanket or lawn chair.

Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. If you're able to find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors could be visible every couple of minutes from late evening until dawn.

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