Quadrantids meteor shower (Jan. 3-4) To see the Quadrantids, find a spot with little light pollution and look towards the north-northeast between the North Star and the Big Dipper. With the first quarter moon of the year setting shortly after midnight on Jan. 3, viewing conditions should be decent to take in the beauty of 2017's first light show.
Quadrantids meteor peaks in 2012 ... The Quadrantid meteor shower, the first of 2012, should be at its best between 3 a.m. and dawn, Eastern time, on Jan. 4. The Quadrantids are often the most intense of the year's regular meteor showers, but also one of the shortest. They happen when Earth passes through the narrow trail of debris left by an asteroid, and only last a few hours.