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Guide to 2014 Meteor Showers: The Quadrantids Peak First in Oakdale

Clouds might prevent us from seeing the Quadrantrid meteor shower peak on Friday.

2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. Credit: NASA
2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. Credit: NASA
Original post by Todd Richissin

Fireworks will fly in the skies over Oakdale this New Year's night, and they'll have nothing to do with the holiday.

The Quadrantids, the last meteor shower of 2013—and the first of 2014—begins on Dec. 28, with the meteor shower peak set for Jan. 3. 

In the area, look up between 2 a.m. and about 5 a.m. The weather forecast for the area is questionable for viewing the Quadrantids. It will be very cold, so bundle up if you plan to view them this week.

NASA's list of 2014 meteor showers says to expect about 80 meteors per hour at the peak, which comes with a new moon setting early—meaning a dark sky for the show.

The radiant will be located in the northern tip of the constellation Bootes, meaning only observers living in the northern hemisphere will be able to see this meteor shower in the night sky. 

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