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A spectacular meteor shower is happening over Canada this week

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Sandy Nunez | 06 January, 2019, 03:08

If you missed out on a few meteor showers, or eclipses, don't worry, 2019 has got you covered.

According to the American Meteor Society, the shower is expected to reach its peak in the US between midnight and dawn Friday. It's important to remember that we likely won't see 50-100 meteors each hour in the United States, but the potential is there to see up to 50 depending on when exactly the peak occurs.

Tonight, the Quadrantids meteor shower will reach its peak for a few glorious hours.

You should face northeast but try to keep an eye on the entire sky. Compared with most other meteor showers, these are unusual as they are thought to have originated from a passing asteroid. Luckily, this year the moonlight-which can make it harder to spot the Quadrantids-won't have a dawn glare, according to the American Meteor Society.

The next meteor shower you'll see is called the Quadrantids, and it's going to peak in the night sky. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".

Like the Geminid meteor shower, the Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid or "rock comet", rather than an icy comet, which is unusual.

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Smashing at the Earth's atmosphere at 150,000 miles per hour, expect to see 20-40 meteors per hour. reports the closest approach of the full moon will coincide with a total lunar eclipse on January 21.

EarthSky, at, says meteors will come from the northern sky with the radiant point making a right angle with the Big Dipper and the star Arcturus.

The Quadrantids arrive in the skies each year in the first week of January.

As the Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through cosmic debris.

The Ursid meteor shower and Geminid meteor shower will also take place in December from December 4 to December 22.

This year's event as rare.