The first meteor shower of 2023 will peak tonight above the UK

Virgin Radio

3 Jan 2023, 11:31

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If you're a stargazer, you'll be happy to know that the first meteor shower of 2023 will peak tonight.

Subject to a clear sky, you could witness up to 100 shooting stars in the night sky.

Called the Quadrantids meteor shower, it comes around every January.

The meteor shower is the debris from the asteroid 2003 EH1.

It will be particularly visible in the northern hemisphere.

Be prepared to set an alarm, as the peak will take place at 3am tomorrow morning, Wednesday 4th January.

The weather forecast is currently said to be cloud cover.

There is also a 91% waxing gibbous moon forecast, which means there will be a lot of illumination from the moon. This light could stop you from seeing the meteors.

If you are lucky enough to find a gap in the cloud cover, facing northeast is your best bet.

As well as dealing with the light of the moon, be sure to stay away from trees, tall buildings or streetlights.

Your eyes also need time to adjust to the darkness to see the shooting stars, so it's advised to be outside for about 30 minutes first.

The Quadrantids are named after a constellation called ‘Quadrans Muralis’.

It is no longer recognised as a constellation.

NASA says: "Most meteor showers have a two-day peak, which makes catching sight of these other meteors much more possible,"

"The Quadrantids peak, on the other hand, is much shorter—only a few hours."

Tonight is the best chance you have, so fingers crossed the sky will clear.