Intense peak of meteor shower early Saturday morning

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Image National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand

"The Quadrantids, which peak during early-January each year, are considered to be one of the best annual meteor showers".

While it's expected to be cloudy with a chance of snow showers overnight in metro Detroit, the first major meteor shower of 2020 is expected to happen overnight Friday into Saturday.

The Quadrantids are caused by the trail of debris left by 2003 EH1, an object astronomers think is a rock-comet - nearly an asteroid, not quite a comet.

For a brief peak period the Quadrantids are as intense as any other meteor shower.

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"During its peak, 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour under flawless conditions", Nasa experts explain.

The lesser known Quadrantid meteor shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Bootes.

The shower is technically visible now through January 10th; however, the most meteors are expected to be visible around 3:20 am ET this evening. These meteors don't have elaborate trains, however, they sometimes create bright fireballs in the sky. "In less than 30 minutes in the dark, your eyes will adapt and you will begin to see meteors".

Photographer Jeff Berkes captured several Quadrantid meteors in this long-exposure image taken in the Florida Keys on January 2, 2012, during the annual Quadrantid meteor shower.

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Meteor showers, also known as shooting stars, are caused when pieces of debris enter the planet's atmosphere at high speeds. And indeed at this time of year, meteor watching can be a long, cold business. The Dubai Astrology Group will be gathering in the Al Qudra Desert to watch, and you can join them too, with tickets for the event priced from Dhs120 per adult and Dhs70 per child.

Obviously, the less light around you will allow a better view.

Gassert says if you live in the city you may catch a glimpse of the meteor shower, but in order to see it best, you should drive as far as you can outside of the city lights.

From Earth's perspective, meteor showers cluster around a certain point in the sky called the radiant.

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