When to Watch the Peak of Quadrantid Meteor Shower

PHOTO: A meteor streaks past stars during the annual Quadrantid meteor shower in Qingdao, Shandong province, Jan. 4, 2014.Reuters
A meteor streaks past stars during the annual Quadrantid meteor shower in Qingdao, Shandong province in China, Jan. 4, 2014.

It's almost time to catch the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower -- considered by NASA to be one of the best annual meteor showers.

This year, the Quadrantid meteor shower will peak Sunday night into Monday morning, NASA said. Meteor rates peak between 3 a.m. and dawn.

The Quadrantids peak during early January each year. While most meteor showers peak for two days, this one is harder to spot because it only peaks for a few hours.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is also known for its bright, fireball meteors. During its peak, 60 to 200 meteors can be seen per hour under perfect conditions, NASA said.