A spectacular meteor shower is happening over Canada this week

Quadrans Muralis resurrected. Credit Dave Dickinson

Quadrans Muralis resurrected. Credit Dave Dickinson

The best time to watch the Quadrantid shower is from late night January 3 until dawn on January 4.

In ideal conditions, observers have seen anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors per hour in this particular shower, though the viewing window is notoriously short. That's when the Quadrantid Meteor Shower is expected to peak. While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly. While viewers in Asia and Europe will witness between 60 and 100 streaking meteors per hour, viewers in the United States and Canada may only see 25.

Singapore Science Centre advised stargazers to check the star map as the shower will appear near the constellations Bootes, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

The MET office advises that the best way to see a meteor shower is to stay away from any light pollution such as heavily lit areas of urban towns and cities. Unlike the Perseids and Geminids, the peak for this particular shower only lasts several hours.

The Quadrantids, which has been ongoing since the last couple days of December, has a reputation for being hard to observe, though Thursday night is your best chance. Skies will likely be mainly to entirely clear in Michiana and surrounding parts of Indiana, Michigan and IL.

The Quadrantids get their name from Quadrantid Muralis, a constellation - no longer recognized as one - first spotted between Boötes and Draco in 1795. Most meteors come from comets, but Quadrantids come from the asteroid or "rock comet" 2003 EH1.

'Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible.

On January 5 and 6, depending on where you live, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in China, in North and South Korea, in Japan, in Russian Federation, and over the North Pacific Ocean and the Aleutian Islands.

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