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  • Subdued Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks Today: What to Expect

    The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks today (Jan. 3), but don't get your hopes up for a spectacular sky show.

    The Quadrantids are flaring up on the heels of Monday's (Jan. 1) Full Wolf supermoon, the brightest full moon of 2018. Most of the meteors will therefore get drowned out by the glare of Earth's nearest neighbor, which will still be large and bright in the sky.

    Indeed, some experts predict that observers under dark skies will see about a dozen meteors per hour overnight tonight. The highest rates will likely come in the wee hours of Thursday morning (Jan. 4), when the Quadrantids' "radiant" — the point from which the meteors seem to emanate — will be high in the sky.


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