Meteor shower Jan. 4

The Quadrantid meteor shower takes to the skies Jan. 4, but it’s a tough one for Ontario and North Woods stargazers. The weather outside is frightful for skygazing, of course, and the nature of the Quadrantids means peak times only last a few hours close to twilight. Best viewing is actually from western North America. The shower emanates from its “radiant” located in the Bootes constellation, and the shower’s name comes from an old constellation that was removed from the charts by international agreements in the early 20th century. Remember to mark Aug. 11 on your calendar for the Perseid meteor shower… much better viewing weather!