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The first meteor shower of the year is *tonight*—here’s how to watch it


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The New Year is already off to a strong start—especially astrologically. Even though the first week of 2018 is only halfway through, a giant meteor shower is already on the books—for *tonight.*

According to Quartz, the Quadrantids—a shower that occurs from the end of December to beginning of January—is ringing in 2018 from outer space for a few hours tonight and tomorrow morning. Right now, the show is set to peak between 3 and 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, with up to 40 meteors per hour.

The show is set to peak between 3 and 4 p.m. EST, which is pretty early for stargazing hours. But you’ll still be able to see the magic happen throughout the night and early morning.

Obviously the peak hour is pretty early for stargazing: not only are you probably stuck at work, but it might not even be dark outside, depending on where you live. But, once it does get dark, all you need to do is find a spot away from bright city lights to witness some of the magic for yourself.

If you’re having trouble spotting the meteor shower, first give your eyes some time to adjust, as it can take up to 30 minutes to get used to the darkness (no need for eclipse glasses this time, though!), Quartz reports. Then look for the Little Dipper and Big Dipper: The Quadrantids takes place right below, so if you keep your eyes glued, you might see one of them fly past. Is there a more out-of-this-world way to kick off 2018? Nope. Didn’t think so.

Going to miss this meteor shower? Fly to Iceland and see the northern lights instead. Or go on a desert escape and stay at one of these dreamy Airbnbs.

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