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Look to the north-east on the night of the 3rd January, and early morning of the 4th January, to see the Quadrantid Meteor Shower.
Unfortunately this year, a waning gibbous Moon will washout all but the brightest meteors.

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"Quadrantid Radio" Meteor forward scatter stream from Tata, Hungary (89.7 MHz).

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A meteor shower named for a constellation that no longer exists might be partially washed out because its peak occurs Sunday before dawn, three days after the full moon, which occurs tonight and might or might not be a "blue moon," depending on whose definition of "blue moon" you go by.
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Quadrantid meteor shower to occur January 3-4

The Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to occur on the night of January 3-4, 2010. Scientists predict that approximately 40-80 bright blue meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes and some will blaze halfway across the sky. These meteors will travel very fast, many of them at about 25-1/2 miles per second.
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A Tokyo company has successfully photographed the Quadrantid meteor shower occurring at the same time as an aurora in Alaska.
The shot, capturing the mysterious green and white glow of the aurora, was taken by Yuzo, a venture company located in Mitaka, Tokyo.
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan said the meteor shower peaked in the predawn hours of Sunday, with more than 30 meteors per hour observed in some places in Japan.

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One of the strongest and most reliable annual meteor showers will arrive before sunrise Saturday, bringing an unusually good display of celestial fireworks to sky watchers across western North America.
Astronomers expect the Quadrantid meteor shower to peak at about 6 a.m. Arizona time, when observers may spot several dozen meteors an hour, weather permitting.

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 One of the three best, but least-observed, meteor showers will be making an appearance Friday night to early Saturday morning.
The Quadrantid shower offers up a veritable flotilla of bits of comets, with more than 100 meteors visible an hour.


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The parent body of the Quadrantids is the near-earth asteroid 2003 EH1.
In fact, Quadrantids' parent body was unknown until 2003, when astronomers did some serious math and associated the shower with the asteroid. Presumably, the debris stream that makes the Quadrantids was created when a comet designated C/1490 Y1 broke up five centuries ago.

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