Look up!: Quadrantid Meteor Shower is First of New Year

Look up!: Quadrantid Meteor Shower is First of New Year

Stargazers could see 100 an hour at peak early Wednesday morning.
Watching the skies early in 2012 may pay off with the arrival of the Quadrantid meteor shower.

It's the first meteor shower of the New Year and will peak Wednesday morning at around midnight, Mountain Time.

Officials at NASA say people could see meteors at a rate of 100 an hour.

However, unlike the more well-known Perseid and Geminid meteor showers, the Quadrantids will only be around for a few hours, so skywatchers will have a less of a time to see them.

The Quadrantid meteors originate from an asteroid called 2003 EH1, and were first seen in 1825.

Click here for more information, including where to look in the sky to see the meteor shower.
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