Skywatching: Meteor showers peak tonight

SKYWATCHING — The peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower peaks tonight around 11 a.m. or midnight into early Wednesday, with an estimated 40 to 100 meteors per hour.

The best viewing may come a few hours later when the moon sets, according to a story in the Denver Post. Sporadic meteors may be seen a few days after the peak.

Meteor showers, which occur when Earth passes through debris shed by comets and asteroids, are usually named for the constellation from which they appear to radiate.

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