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Quadrantids Meteor Shower to show in Philadelphia early on 1/3 1/4
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/03/13 3:48 am | updated: 01/03/13 3:48 am
 
The Quadrantids meteor shower, which can potentially be the best natural lightshow of the year, will be visible Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Viewing conditions will be good around the Philadelphia area with partly clear skies but it will be quite frigid with temperatures only about 25 degrees. The moon is in a waning gibbous phase which could add to the light pollution and wash out dimmer meteors.

The peak is predicted to be somewhere around 2:30 to 3 a.m. on Jan 3rd, though Quadrantids meteors are "notoriously unpredictable" in terms of intensity. NASA says it will be a "brief, beautiful" show. Any time from Jan 2-4 could see the possibility of 80 meteors an hour.

If you don't want to go outside and watch, you can always check out this live stream:



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If you do venture out, be sure to bundle up considerably, and do not stay out too long. The Quadtrantids will appear to radiate about one third up in the east north east sky just underneath the handle of the up turned "Big Dipper". The best bet would be to look straight up. The best place to view the sky and any meteor show in Philadelphia is away from the city lights and in an open field so you can see the entire night sky.

 
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