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Guide to 2014 Meteor Showers: The Quadrantids Peak First

Skies over Cartersville should be mostly clear, except for slight chances of precipitation Wednesday and Thursday nights.

2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. Photo Courtesy of NASA
2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. Photo Courtesy of NASA

Fireworks will fly in the skies over Cartersville this New Year's night, and they'll have nothing to do with the holiday.

The Quadrantids, the last meteor shower of 2013—and the first of 2014—began Dec. 28, with the meteor shower peak set for Jan. 3. 

On the East Coast, look up between 2 and about 5 a.m. The weather forecast for Cartersville is mostly favorable for viewing the Quadrantids: Mostly clear skies during the peak, except for slight chances of precipitation Wednesday and Thursday nights, according to the National Weather Service.

NASA's list of 2014 meteor showers says to expect about 80 meteors per hour at the peak, which comes with a new moon setting early—meaning a dark sky for the show.

The radiant will be located in the northern tip of the constellation Bootes, meaning only observers living in the northern hemisphere will be able to see this meteor shower in the night sky. 

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