The first meteor shower of 2016 is peaking
Behold the majestic celestial display, the first for the New Year when the Quadrantid meteor storm will reach its peak early Monday morning with a spectacular show of ‘shooting stars’ most likely over North America and Europe.
Weather permitting, observers in the eastern regions of the United States and Canada will be in position for the maximum activity from the Quadrantid meteor shower, reports Space.com
The meteor shower is expected to come into view about 3 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) when the the radiant of the shower will be well up the dark northeastern sky. This is perfect timing – it falls right in our prime meteor-watching hours before dawn.
The meteors appear to radiate from a spot on the sky midway between the last handle star of the Big Dipper and the head of Draco, the Dragon. The radiant is actually located within the boundaries of the constellation of Boötes, the Herdsman, so we might expect them to be called the "Boötids."