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Hoosiers can catch the first major meteor shower of 2020 this weekend

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 06:49:20-05

INDIANAPOLIS — What a week! A new year, a new decade and a meteor shower known for spitting out 'fireballs' across the sky.

The first major meteor shower of this decade — the Quadrantid — will be visible over North America this weekend and will peak during the evening hours of January 3 and the early hours of January 4.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, the narrow peak window may be tough to catch without dedication and clear skies, but attempting it could be worth the effort.

Unlike most meteor showers, the Quadrantids originate from an asteroid and are known for their fireball meteors, according to NASA, which are brighter and longer-lasting than your average meteor.

During peak hours, you could see as many as 80 meteors per hour streak across the sky. Face toward the northeast between midnight and dawn on January 3 to January 4 for the best view.

For more on what's 'UP' for the month of January, watch the video from NASA below.

🌠 Morning meteors
🔴 Mars meets its "rival”
🌙 The Moon comes around for another visit with Venus

Find out when and where to look up:

— NASA (@NASA) January 1, 2020