The Quadrantids provides one of the most intense annual meteor showers, with a brief, sharp maximum lasting but a few hours.
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NASA officials are saying this year’s Quadrantid meteor shower is not to be missed.
“The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching,” NASA officials said in a posting on the space agency’s website.