At the start of the new year, the first meteor shower of 2020, the Quadrantid meteor shower, is about to hit. The activity period of the Quadrantid meteor shower is usually short- or spectacular. The meteor shower peaks around January 4 each year, when up to 200 meteors per hour will cross the night sky.
According to the American Meteor Society, most meteor showers last up to two days, but like the Meteor Shower, it’s usually only about six hours.
According to NASA, the Quadrantid meteor shower can travel in the atmosphere at a speed of 25.5 miles (41 kilometers) per second. This can help create many bright “fireball” meteors that emit longer durations of light when they explode in the night sky than normal meteors.
Another factor that excites the quadrant meteor shower is that they are made up of larger particles of material dating back to an asteroid or a “zombie comet” that might be called 2003 EH1.