Chance to see meteor shower in skies over north-east tonight

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Though the moon may block out the full light show, on April 23 you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle", NASA explains.

The sky will come alive Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Quadrantids meteor shower peaks.

If you miss the meteor shower, you can check out the super blood wolf moon at the end of the month on the 21st.

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During clear, dark conditions, 50 to 100 meteors per hour can be seen during the peak, but EarthSky warns that because the peak falls in a narrow window of a few hours, viewers will need to be on their toes.

Whether you live there or are willing to make the venture be sure to head down to the Southern Hemisphere to witness the spectacle of a total solar eclipse. However, because that's in early evening, at 6 p.m. The eclipse will take place on July 2.

For people in North America, that won't be the case this year. While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly. Skies will likely be mainly to entirely clear in Michiana and surrounding parts of Indiana, Michigan and IL.

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The Quadrantids arrive in the skies each year in the first week of January. The International Meteor Organization estimates that the peak will occur at 7 a.m. Friday and will appear to originate near the handle of the Big Dipper asterism.

The Quadrantids may not be the most famous meteor shower, but it can be one of the most scenic and intense.

What celestial events are you excited to see this year?

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