Quadrantids meteor shower peaks tonight through Friday morning

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HARRISONBURG, Va (WHSV) — The sky will come alive Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Quadrantids meteor shower peaks.

The first meteor shower of 2019 is quite unique. The peak only lasts for a few hours — not a few days like most meteor showers.

The peak will be roughly from midnight through dawn on Friday morning. Roughly 11 meteors per hour will be visible at the peak and they will have a bright orange appearance.

To view this meteor shower, look for a spot away from street lights. Give your eyes roughly 10 minutes to adjust to the dark. The meteors will be visible anywhere in the sky. The good news is that this year, the moon will be in a new phase, meaning the moonlight will be dull and won't interfere with viewing.

The bad news: We do have a fair amount of clouds Thursday night, but any breaks should allow for viewing.

If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st.. The moon will actually appear bigger and brighter due to its close proximity to the Earth.