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Ooh! Aah! New Year's Fireworks Courtesy of Mother Nature

The Quadrantids meteor shower began Dec. 28 and peaks Jan. 3.

2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. (Photo courtesy NASA.)
2014 Guide to meteor showers: the Quadrantids peak. (Photo courtesy NASA.)

Written by Todd Richissin

Fireworks will fly in the skies over Maryland New Year's night, and they'll have nothing to do with the holiday.

The Quadrantids, the last meteor shower of 2013—and the first of 2014—begins on Dec. 28, with the meteor shower peak set for Jan. 3.

On the East Coast, look up between 2 a.m. and about 5 a.m. Theweather forecast for this area is favorable for viewing the Quadrantids: Mostly clear skies during the peak.

NASA's list of 2014 meteor showers says to expect about 80 meteors per hour at the peak, which comes with a new moon setting early — meaning a dark sky for the show.

The radiant will be located in the northern tip of the constellation Bootes, meaning only observers living in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to see this meteor shower in the night sky.

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