Quadrantid Meteor through Trees 2011 (image by Jeff Berkes Photography)
The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak around 3am local time tonight. According to NASA.gov:
The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching.
Peaking in the wee morning hours of Jan. 4, the Quadrantids have a maximum rate of about 100 per hour, varying between 60-200. The waxing gibbous moon will set around 3 a.m. local time, leaving about two hours of excellent meteor observing before dawn. It’s a good thing, too, because unlike the more famous Perseid and Geminid meteor showers, the Quadrantids only last a few hours — it’s the morning of Jan. 4, or nothing.
I so want to see this tonight but don’t want to drive the two+ hours out of NYC just to escape the light pollution. Instead I’ll probably just stare at NASA’s live Ustream embed on their page.