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Science Meteor shower, first of 2014, peaks on Friday

Meteor shower: For those in North America, the sun interfered with the peak of the usually spectacular Quadrantid meteor shower on Friday.

By Joe RaoSPACE.com Skywatching Columnist / January 3, 2014

Roberto Porto

Early each January, the Quadrantid meteor shower  provides one of the most intense annual celestial fireworks displays, with a brief, sharp peak lasting only a few hours. That peak occurs Friday (Jan. 3), but this year the sun will spoil the show for stargazers in North America.