Quadrantid meteor shower due over Norfolk January 2019

Dark skies are a must if you want to get the best view of the shower

Dark skies are a must if you want to get the best view of the shower

The Quadrantids have been known to produce some 50-100 meteors in a dark sky.

Because this peak is so brief, some parts of the world may not be able to see the shower.

The sky will come alive Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Quadrantids meteor shower peaks.

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Expect to see about 80 meteors per hour, but there could be as many as 200.

With a moon-free sky on January 3, the Quadrantid meteor shower has a good chance of high visibility against a dark sky in northern latitudes.

Best chances: Those in the Northern Hemisphere, like Europe and nearby areas, will have the best chances to see it, Fox 6 reports. They move at 26 miles per second, which is slow for shootings stars, according to the Washington Post.

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The International Meteor Organization predicts the peak of the shower to be at 2 a.m. coordinated universal time, which is around 7 p.m.in Kingman, according to a conversion chart at https://earthsky.org. Meteors originate from leftover comet particles and bits of broken asteroids. Those in Europe could wind up seeing the most meteors, which can range from 60 to over 100 during ideal conditions. To spot meteors best, look for the Big Dipper, and follow the arc of its handle to Arcturus, which is a bright star, the brightest in its constellation of Bootes.

Experts recommend dedicating at least 45 minutes to viewing the meteor shower - as eyes can require up to 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness.

For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky.

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