Wednesday morning, Space.com announced that they will have a live feed webcast of the Quadrantid meteor shower early Thursday morning, January 3, 2013 during its peak of shooting stars; the news has created an Internet buzz for those who will not be able to watch because of poor weather conditions. The Quadrantid meteor shower include some of the best shooting stars of the year, but this year a bright moon may make viewing difficult in some areas.
Every early January, the spectacular natural fireworks of the Quadrantid meteor showers display across the skies around the world. The Quadrantid meteor showers are typically very unpredictable and sometimes they are bright and hundreds of meteors can be seen, and in other years very few are seen. But most of the time they are intense and amaze and delight sky watchers around the world.
The full moon shone on Dec. 28 and sometimes this can interfer with viewing a meteor shower. The peak time for the 2013 Quadrantid meteor showers will last just a few short hours; the best viewing will take place between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. according to Space.com. Check local weather forecasts for clear skies.
NASA and Space.com will air a live webcast early Thursday and Friday morning of the 2013 Quadrantid meteor shower and they will keep live video on the site for those who miss the live feed. To view the live feed, click here.
See the video to the left.
To see an incredible slideshow of photos from past meteor showers, click here.
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Sources: Space.com and NASA
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