I absolutely love stargazing in January. The cold nights can undoubtedly be a challenge! But with determination and bundling up, it’s worth it! Nights are long, with some of the brightest constellations of the year with their hidden celestial gems.

Shamokin 2022 stargazing kicks off with a bang! One of the better annual meteor showers of the year, the Quadrantids, peaks the night of this Monday-Tuesday, January 3-4. What’s great about the Quadrantids this year with a new moon this week we’ll have darker skies. Without moonlight you may see ten to twenty meteors or “shooting stars” an hour, and possibly many more in the countryside. The best time to watch for them will be from about 3 AM to the start of morning twilight on the 4 th . The best way to see them is to lie back on reclining chair, covered with enough blankets, and roll your eyes all over the dome of the sky.

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