Look up! The first meteor shower of the year peaks tonight

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

NASA describes the Quadrantids as "one of the best annual meteor showers", known for their "bright fireball meteors".

The shower peaks Thursday night, though observers may catch sight of stray Quadrantid meteors through the middle of January.

The last time that Qatar had an encounter with meteor showers was back in November previous year when annual meteors "Taurid and Leonid" appeared in the skies of Doha.

If clouds thwart viewing plans, both NASA and Slooh will provide live streams of the meteor shower. It's important to remember that we likely won't see 50-100 meteors each hour in the United States, but the potential is there to see up to 50 depending on when exactly the peak occurs. However, the peak will only last a few hours.

You can visit Time and Date for a better idea if you'll see it or not.

The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Bootes and Draco, was not included in the International Astronomical Union's list of modern constellations.

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Finding a location that has a clear view of the entire night sky is key.

Compared to other meteor showers such as Geminids or Orionids, the Quadrantids can be harder to observe due to their small peak time.

The meteors will appear throughout the evening, but will be easiest to see in the early hours of Saturday morning, when it's dark. You'll want a wide, unobstructed view as well.

Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

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