This is the best time to see tonight’s Quadrantid meteor shower

Dark skies are a must if you want to get the best view of the shower

Dark skies are a must if you want to get the best view of the shower

The UK is about to be treated to a dazzling celestial display as up to 100 shooting stars scorch through the sky every hour.

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.

This Quadrantid meteor made an appearance over New Mexico in 2013.

Expect to see about 80 meteors per hour, but there could be as many as 200.

The peak only lasts for a few hours - not a few days like most meteor showers. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle", NASA explains.

'Fireballs are larger explosions of light and colour that can persist longer than an average meteor streak. The "best" time will be late in the evening.

For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky.

The skies are predicted to be reasonably clear across the country tonight.

If you want to check your chances for seeing them, Time and Date has a helpful guide too. "So that is definitely going to make them look brighter".

"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.

Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness - without looking at your phone - so meteors are easier to spot.

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