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iN VIDEO: New year 2021 starts with a meteor shower

The first meteor shower of 2021 is best viewed on the night of Jan. 3.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Quadrantid Meteor Shower YouTube video
January 01, 2021 - 8:00 AM

The new year gets underway with the first meteor shower of 2021.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is known to produce between 50 and 100 meteors an hour in a dark sky, but their peak is extremely narrow.

This year’s event will be most visible from late at night on Jan. 2 until dawn on Jan. 3.

According to, the best viewing time for Kamloops and Okanagan residents will be during the predawn hours of Jan. 3, but meteor showers are notorious for being difficult to predict accurately. It may pay to take a few glances at the nighttime sky at different hours of the night.

The waning “Cold Moon” of Dec. 29, is the last of 13 full moons in 2020. It’s appearance in the night sky may reduce visibility of the Quadrantids, but it’s still worthwhile keeping an eye out for them, as they are considered one of the better annual meteor showers, according to NASA.

Seeing the meteor shower may be a matter of luck this year, with Environment Canada calling for mostly cloudy skies and a chance of showers Saturday, Jan. 2 through Monday, Jan. 4.

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