A weird meteor shower this Friday and Saturday

This won’t be a great meteor year, since a Full Moon will blow out the beloved summer Perseids. But right now, Friday and Saturday nights, January 3 and 4, we’ll have the worthy Quadrantids.

Everything about them is weird. They seem to share an orbit with an asteroid instead of a comet – a fact only uncovered ten years ago. Moreover, the meteors seem to stream away from an extinct constellation.

A meteor shower’s radiant is the place from which the meteors seem to emanate. The radiant point of this shower is an area inside the constellation Bo . . .

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