PUBLISHED: 21:19, Mon, Jan 4, 2021 | UPDATED: 21:19, Mon, Jan 4, 2021
The Quadrantids meteor shower is the first of its kind in 2021, with the shower taking place every January and in previous years it has produced as many as 100 meteors per hour. This year's peak came on the night of January 3, when a series of shooting stars darted through the night's sky as Earth passed through the debris left behind by the asteroid 2003 EH1. As Earth passes through the specks of rock and dust left behind by the asteroid, the particles hit Earth's atmosphere and create the illusion of shooting stars.
While the peak of most shooting star displays last for days, the Quadrantids only last a matter of hours.
According to NASA, the reason the peak is so short is because of the “shower’s thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle”.
However, some of the Quadrantids will still be visible tonight.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
According to Time & Date, Earth began its voyage through the stream on December 28.
Meteor shower tonight: Can I still see the Quadrantids? (Image: GETTY)
Can I still see the Quadrantids tonight? (Image: GETTY)
Although Earth is well out of the midst now, the planet is still colliding with specks of the asteroid and will continue to do so