Meteors come to Kingman skies

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Tonight the Quadrantid shower will peak in the night and early morning skies, making it possible for millions of people around the world to see the light-filled attraction. 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 International Meteor Organization lists the peak time as January 4 at 02:00 UTC, which for us in Arizona translates into January 3 at 19:00 MST (7:00pm) so you won't even need to stay up late to catch the big show! The meteors will be visible anywhere in the sky.

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

'The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter-only a few hours'.

History: The meteor shower is named after the constellation Quadrans Muralis, which was first observed in 1795, CNN reports. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24.

He continues by saying that in 2003, an astronomer by the name of Peter Jenniskens "tentatively identified" the parent body of the Quadrantids as rocky-bodied asteroid 2003 EH1, as opposed to an icy comet. Give your eyes roughly 10 minutes to adjust to the dark. And if you live in a city, it's best to leave and find a stargazing spot with little to no light pollution. Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend.

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