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First meteor shower of 2020 to light up Norfolk skies

Everything you need to know about how to watch the next meteor shower. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Everything you need to know about how to watch the next meteor shower. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Keep your eyes on the skies, the first meteor shower of the year is due to peak this weekend.

Signs of the Quadrantid meteor shower began in the tail end of December, but the event peaks in early January.

Meteor showers usually occur when particles of comet debris enter our atmosphere and burn up, appearing as shooting stars.

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The Quadrantid shower, however, is a product of an asteroid.

This year the spectacle of the Quadrantid shower will be most visible from dark on January 3 and will peak at dawn on Saturday, January 4.

While the peak of the shower won't be until the early hours, there's a good chance you'll see shooting stars during the later part of the evening so you won't have to stay up too late to catch a glimpse.

It will be visible to the naked eye so there is no need for any equipment, just let your eyes adjust to the dark and look out for fast and bright meteors with fine trains.

For the best views find a safe location that is away from sources of light pollution such as street lights and where you can scan the whole sky.

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