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The Quadrantids meteor shower will be helping to kick off the new year with a bang, displaying up to 80 meteors per hour on Friday.
Sky watchers can expect the first big astronomical event of 2013 to happen just as the New Year begins to unfold.
The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is due to reach maximum in the predawn hours of Friday, Jan. 4. The Quadrantids are notoriously unpredictable, but if any year promises a fine display, this could be it.
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