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First meteor shower of the year takes place early Thursday

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:02 AM

Stargazers will be treated to a meteor shower Thursday morning but they'll have to get up early to see it.

The Quadrantids meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours with a maximum rate of about 80 per hour, varying between 60 and 200, according to NASA. However, light from a waning moon which will be about 50 percent full could wash out part of the show, NASA reports.

The meteor shower, which originates from an asteroid, will only last a few hours, unlike others that can last days, according to NASA. The Quadrantids could be part of a comet, which broke apart several centuries ago. The meteors will enter the earth's atmosphere at 90,000 mph and burn up 50 miles above the Earth's surface, according to NASA.

To observe the shower, look in the area of the North Star in the hours before dawn.

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