The Quadrantid meteor, one of the shortest and strongest meteor showers of the year will streak across the night sky this weekend, for just around 6 hours.
It is expected to peak Friday night into Saturday morning. It is considered to be one of the best annual meteor showers. Quadrantids are known for their bright “fireball” meteors, brighter than average meteors. The Quadrantids come from Asteroid 2003 EH1 and were first observed in 1825. The radiant point is considered to be the constellation Bootes, near the Big Dipper. The Quadrantids are best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere during the night and early morning hours. The peak is estimated to arrive at 3:20 a.m. ET on January 4, according to the American Meteor Society. Although the moon will be 58% full, it shouldn't affect skygazers in North America except on the West Coast.
The shower's short peak is because only a small stream of particles interacts with our atmosphere. One of the best spots to catch the upcoming Quadrantid meteor shower in the US will be Jackson Lake State Park. It is limiting light pollution in a few ways and is “dark skies friendly.”