First meteor shower of 2015 to peak this weekend; hopefully visible in NC

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The first meteor shower of the year is set to peak this weekend and will hopefully be visible in North Carolina, weather permitting. reported that the Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to peak at 9 p.m. Saturday. The best viewing hours are said to be between midnight Saturday and dawn Sunday.

But the Quadrantids may be difficult to watch this year due to a nearly full moon. Parts of Europe and Asia are predicted as the best places for viewing.

The celestial event is named after the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis and has always been the first meteor shower of every New Year.

NASA predicts that the meteor shower could boast about 80 meteors an hour at peak times.

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