MOSCOW, January 3 (Sputnik) – The first meteor shower of 2015, known as the Quadrantids, is expected to peak on January 3 – 4, according to NASA.
The Quadrantids, first observed in 1825, are famous for their bright fireball meteors. NASA describes them as "larger explosions of light and color that can persist longer than an average meteor streak."
The annual meteor shower is best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, it can best be observed from the central and Southwest US, according to the Washington Post. The Guardian reports those living in Europe and Asia have the best chance of catching the event.
Stargazers are advised to choose a place away from big cities to escape light pollution. "Be patient — the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse," said NASA.
The meteor shower is named after the constellation of "Quadrans Muralis", created by Jerome Lalande, a French astronomer, in 1795.