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Meteor showers: When and how to watch

By: Katherine Butler on Aug. 9, 2012, 12:12 p.m.
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Photo: Jeff Berkes

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The Quadrantids (winter)

The Quadrantids, shown here over Maryland, are a meteor shower that peaks each January. They come from an asteroid called 2003 EH1, which NASA believes may be the result of a comet that broke apart a few centuries ago. First discovered in the 1830s by the astronomer Adolphe Quetelet of Brussels Observatory, they are named for the constellation of Quadrans Muralis. They are visible only in the Northern Hemisphere and are known for putting on an “intense” annual meteor show.