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Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

The Quadrantrid meteor shower is already underway, and is expected to really light up the sky Friday.

2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. (Photo courtesy NASA.)
2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. (Photo courtesy NASA.)

Fireworks will fly in the skies over Rhode Island 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 — began on Dec. 28, should light up the sky for New Year's and will peak on Jan. 3. 

On the East Coast, look up between 2 a.m. and about 5 a.m. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is not ideal for Rhode Island, with snow showers expected late in the week, but there's a chance for some clear skies, especially Tuesday night.

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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