For a couple of hours after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Quadrantids meteor shower will be putting on a show for anyone willing to get up (or stay up) for it. According to NASA, “the Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour,” which, weather permitting, should make for a pretty cool sight. If your New Year’s resolution was to sit outside in the cold while craning your neck, you’re in luck. Video of the Quadrantids meteor shower from two years ago after the jump.
NASA explains what you’ll be seeing:
Like the Geminids, the Quadrantids originate from an asteroid, called 2003 EH1. Dynamical studies suggest that this body could very well be a piece of a comet which broke apart several centuries ago, and that the meteors you will see before dawn on Jan. 4 are the small debris from this fragmentation. After hundreds of years orbiting the sun, they will enter our atmosphere at 90,000 mph, burning up 50 miles above Earth’s surface — a fiery end to a long journey!