Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight: How to See 2011 Quadrantids
Moonless night to provide ideal backdrop for sky show.
During the peak, around 1 a.m. UT on Tuesday, upward of a hundred shooting stars an hour may be visible in dark, rural areas, astronomers estimate.
The Quadrantids will be best viewed in Europe and Central Asia. North American observers will see the trailing end of the peak in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
"What better way to kick off the year than to have nature provide a fireworks show in the form of a meteor shower," said Conrad Jung, staff astronomer at the Chabot Space & Science Centre in Oakland, California.
The Quadrantids are considered one of the most reliable and productive of the annual meteor displays, Jung said, but they're not as well