2022’s Quadrantid meteor shower peaks today!

Photographer Jeffrey Berkes took the image of the Quadrantid meteor shower over the Florida Keys in 2012. (Image credit: Photographer Jeffrey Berkes )

Of the ten biggest annual meteor showers, just two could produce over 100 per hour: the December Geminids and the January Quadrantids, due to peak this Monday (Jan. 3).

Every year, Earth briefly encounters the Quadrantid meteor shower in early January. Using constellations as a guide, Quadrantid meteors, or “Quads,” appear to fan out from a spot in the night sky midway between the Big Dipper’s handle and the four stars marking the head of Draco, the dragon.