Annual meteor shower should be visible in southern Colorado

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

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

Check this Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map to see the position of the radiant (the origin) in the night sky above your location at specific times.

For viewers in North America, the Quadrantids will peak at the wrong time relative to Earth's rotation. Unlike the Perseids and Geminids, the peak for this particular shower only lasts several hours.

The Quadrantids are known for bright, colorful fireball meteors due to the large particles of an asteroid interacting with our atmosphere.

Those who didn't get their fill of fireworks on New Year's Eve will soon have another chance to look at the sky in awe, as the first meteor shower of 2019 is expected to peak Thursday evening and continue into early Friday morning.

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The spectacular show, which graces the sky every January, is expected to crest between 9 and 10 p.m. EST Thursday, according to the International Meteor Organization.

Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas.

The Quadrantids show will begin late Thursday and run through dawn Friday in a dark sky unlit by a moon, and the southwestern and central USA will offer the best views.

Debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, a celestial object that orbits the earth every 133 years will trigger the Perseid meteor shower between July 17 to August 24. It is not now included on the International Astronomical Union's list of constellations. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".

The network has also listed the three "best practices" for watching meteor showers. Just a few days later, a partial solar eclipse will take place this weekend.

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