5 Reasons the Meteor Shower Should Force You Out of Bed

meteor showerI bet you thought the holidays were all over and that there was nothing to look forward to, but you'd be wrong. There's a meteor shower happening tonight! It's like God's light show from above -- better than anything seen in Vegas, for sure. So snap out of your post-holiday blues and get excited to watch the Quadrantids rain down from the sky at a rate of about 100 per hour. Between the wee hours of 3 a.m. and dawn EST, you'll be able to see what looks like a ton of shooting stars streaking through the night. I don't know about you, but sounds pretty rad to me.

So here are 5 reasons why you should get you out of bed tonight, head out into your yard and watch it all go down. Oh, and sorry Southern hemisphere! The Quadrantids meteor shower is only visible by us here in the North.

  1. You've said you've always wanted to see a meteor shower ... now's your chance! Every time news comes around that there will be some awesome space-related event, you think to yourself, man, I should really check that out. Well come on, it's the new year, time to start making some moves. The Quadrantids are a great meteor shower to pop your sky staring cherry -- weather reports say it will be clear and cool, great for observing the shower. Also, it'll be easy to see. With a prediction of over 100 shooting stars a minute, it's sure to be worth your time.
  2. You want to reconnect with your spouse/children/dog/neighbor/goldfish you wear in a jar around your neck. A meteor shower is an excellent excuse to get cozy with someone. Grab a blanket or three, some hot cocoa, and go lay on the ground. Hello bonding experience!
  3. You love burning balls of tiny particles. Who doesn't? The Quadrantids meteor shower consists of just that: Thousands of fiery fragments that broke off from a comet more than 200 years ago. They burst into flame, and into oblivion, once they enter the Earth's atmosphere, giving we Earthlings one heck of a show.
  4. You like intensity. This meteor shower may not last that long, but it's one of the most passionate showers of the year. More streaks per hour than most others of its kind.
  5. You want to show off. Anyone who sets their alarm and lies in their yard in frigid temps to watch a meteor shower will always have some bragging rights. It'll be so easy to weave into conversation, too. Someone will so Oh my, it's so cold outside and you can respond with It's not nearly as cold as that time I was all science-y and curious and got up at 3 a.m. to watch the Quadrantids!

NASA expects the peak of the shower to be around 2:30 to 3 a.m. EST, so prepare accordingly!

Are you going to try and catch the meteor shower?


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