One of the best displays of “shooting stars,” or meteors, peaked overnight, but should still be reining down ‘on earth’ tonight, but it’ll will run into some stiff competition from a bright moon, and maybe cloudy skies here.
Stargazers here in Charlotte, and around the world, for that matter, are hoping for clearer skies, but if cloudy skies do spoil our view, don’t worry. You can also track the meteor shower online – of course you can in this digital age!
NASA scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will provide a live webcast of the Quadrantid meteor shower through Friday , to capture the peak of the annual “shooting stars” display.
You can watch the meteor shower on SPACE.com here, courtesy of NASA’s webcast.
Per that website, tonight’s display is courtest of the “Quadrantid meteor shower (pronounced KWA-dran-tid), which kicks off the annual meteor shower schedule every January. To paraphrase Forrest Gump: The Quadrantids are like opening up a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get! Indeed, the “Quads” are notoriously unpredictable.”
Check it out tonight by simply looking up, or viewing on the website, or, you can wait a a few months for another celestial spectacular – per Space.com, “It’s being called the “comet of the century” — a dazzling astronomical display that may prove to be brighter than the full moon. Comet ISON may give us earthlings a “once-in-a-lifetime light show” if it appears in the sky …about October 2013 through January 2014.
See you outside tonight, I’ll be the one in the jammies and warm coat!