Annual meteor shower should be visible in southern Colorado

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During its peak in early January, anywhere from 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour in ideal conditions.

The Quadrantids meteor shower is set to peak overnight between Thursday, January 3 and early Friday, January 4.

The Quadrantids, named after an extinct constellation, are known for their bright fireball meteors and being one of the best meteor showers of the year, according to NASA.

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

Britons will only get seven hours and 49 minutes of daylight before they may be able to see the peak of the shower, providing the sky is clear.

It's most visible to people living in the northern hemisphere, which means we should be in a great position to see all the action. If you venture out away from city lights Thursday evening and night and look for the Big Dipper, your chances of seeing a healthy amount of shooting stars are pretty good.

'The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter-only a few hours'. The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid. It will be visible throughout North America the night of January 20 and early morning of January 21.

"The name Quadrantids comes from the constellation Quadrans Muralis (Mural Quadrant), created by the French astronomer Jerome Lalande in 1795", wrote Bruce McClure on EarthSky. You'll want to face northeast. Once you're warmly dressed and in the dark, allow for your eyes to adjust. The phenomenon, known as a transit, will not reoccur until November 13, 2032.To avoid eye damage, viewers will need solar filters like those used during the Great American Eclipse.

Between January 20 and 21, a rare super blood moon total lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America, western areas in Europe and Africa, and a partial lunar eclipse will be visible in central and eastern Africa, Europe and Asia. Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend.

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