Look to the Sky Tonight for a Great Show

An early-morning a meteor shower tomorrow could produce over 100 shooting stars per hour.

If you're interested in stargazing and astronomy, the Quadrantids meteor shower should be a great show for you to watch tonight.

A USA Today article posted yesterday explained what makes this shower different from some of the others.

The shower is called the "Quads" by astronomers, says Bill Cooke, who tracks "space rocks" as director of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. "They're one of the more active meteor showers of the year, but they're not seen by many people" because they occur in early morning hours in winter, he says. "It's very cold around that time, so people don't want to go outside."

Tonight's weather is going to be very cold; weather.com says the low tonight will be 1 degree Fahrenheit. The cold weather should help keep the skies very clear though.

Many areas around Hopkinton make for great viewing because of the low amount of light pollution. The farther you get away from South Street and Main Street the better off you may be.

If you do brave the cold tonight, be sure to upload any pictures you take of the showers to neighborhood gallery. Maybe you can help your warm-blooded neighbors enjoy a show they may otherwise miss.


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