Meteor shower: 'It's the morning of Jan. 3 or nothing'

Meteor shower: 'It's the morning of Jan. 3 or nothing'
False-color image of a rare early Quadrantid, captured by a NASA meteor camera in 2010. (NASA/MEO/B. Cooke)

EUGENE, Ore. - If the weather cooperates - and you happen to be up and about before dawn Thursday - look north: you might catch a glimpse of the 2013 Quadrantid meteor shower at its peak.

NASA said the first meteor shower of the new year will be at its peak before the sun rises.

If you have dark, cloudless skies, you might see some of the 120 meteors expected to flash across the sky each hour.

And it's now or never.

"Unlike the more famous Perseid and Geminid meteor showers, the Quadrantids only last a few hours, so it's the morning of Jan. 3 or nothing," the space agency said on its website.

Viewing tip: Get away from a city, and let your eyes adjust to the dark for 30 to 45 minutes. Avoid looking at dash or flash lights; they can mess up your night vision.