If you’re lucky enough to live in the Northern hemisphere, especially in Europe, and your night sky is clear, you may see the annual Quadrantid meteor shower. If the meteor shower's name sounds odd, it's probably because it doesn't sound like it's related to a constellation, like other meteor showers. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists -- at least, not as a recognized constellation.
The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Bootes and Draco, was not included in the International Astronomical Union's list of modern constellations.
The meteor shower radiates between the Big Dipper and Bootes.
Like the Geminid meteor shower, the Quadrantid comes from a mysterious asteroid or "rock comet," rather than an icy comet, which is unusual. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once.
You can expect to see around 80 meteors per hour, but as many as 200 could be visible. Because the meteors have large particles interacting with the atmosphere, the Quadrantids are known for bright, colorful fireball meteors.