If you want to start the new year off on a celestial note, the Quadrantids meteor shower of 2021 will peak over Canada this weekend and it's the first one of the year.

Typically, this one can produce more than 100 meteors per hour when moonlight isn't obstructing the view but there's a narrow window of time to see it happen.

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January 3

when the Quadrantids meteor shower peaks

The Quadrantids meteor shower peaks for only a couple of hours and is best seen from more northern areas because its radiant point (where it appears to originate to viewers) is north in the sky.

According to EarthSky, your chances of seeing shooting stars are greater between 2:00 a.m. and dawn on January 3.

You can find the radiant point near the Big Dipper in the north-northeastern sky after midnight and higher just before dawn.

However, meteors will streak across all parts of the sky, not just where the radiant is.

Since the moon will be in its waning gibbous phase, the bright light will obstruct your view a bit but you should still be able to see some shooting stars.

Speaking of space, it was recently announced that Canada will send an astronaut around the moon and it will make history.

 
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