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Annual Meteor Shower in Progress

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Watchers of the night sky are currently on the lookout for a meteor shower called “quadrantids” that appears around this time every year.

Dr. Mark Hammergren is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

“The earth is passing through a stream of debris left by an extinct comet, a comet that’s no longer seen,” Hammergren says. “So when the earth passes through this debris the little bits of gravel and fluff burn up in the atmosphere, we see those as meteors or shooting stars.”

Dr. Hammergren says the best time to see the meteor shower is in the early morning hours.

But he says quadrantids might be difficult to see this year because of the bright light from the full moon.

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