Quadrantid meteor shower 2017
Quadrantid meteor shower 2017 is expected to peak on 3 January Reuters

The Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to hit its peak on 3 January. The shower got its name because they appear to radiate from the location of an obsolete constellation known as Quadrans Muralis.

Jane Houston Jones, from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said the shower peak lasts just for few hours. She said: "The Quadrantids are associated with an asteroid -- 2003 EH1. It is thought to be the nucleus fragment from a comet break-up in the 1490s. It was classified as an asteroid when it was discovered by a near-Earth asteroid telescopic survey in 2003."

According to Spacedex, astronomy enthusiasts in Singapore have the best chance of seeing the Quadrantid meteor shower on 4 January between 9:00pm - 04:30am (SGT).

How to Watch Quadrantid meteor shower 2016

  • To get the best view, people are advised to find an area away from city and street lights.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for overnight temperatures. Keep in mind that night time temperatures can be significantly colder than those in the day time, in some parts of the world.
  • Have something comfortable to sit on - a good reclining chair, sleeping bag or ground pad (experts suggest you lie flat on your back and look straight up).

It is also possible to watch the Quadrantid meteor shower live online via Slooh. The website will be hosting a live event beginning 3 Januray, 8:00 PM EST.