Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky On Thursday

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(CNN) — Skywatchers will be setting their alarm clocks for the early morning hours Thursday when the annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks.

This year’s show in the sky may not produce as many highlights for some viewers because of light from the moon, NASA said in a statement.

Meteor watchers can expect to see 60 to 200 meteors an hour streak across the sky, NASA said.

The streaking light show won’t last long, NASA says — only a few hours in the “wee morning hours” before dawn, the statement said. Prime sky-watching time will vary by location.

The Quadrantids were first noted in 1825 and got their name from the constellation of Quadrans Muralis, which is no longer considered a constellation by astronomers, according to NASA.

The material that is burning up in Earth’s atmosphere during the Quadrantids likely comes from a comet that broke into fragments centuries ago, NASA…

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