Stargazers across the UK could be in for a treat over the next few days, as the Quadrantids meteor shower takes place alongside a partial eclipse of the sun.
The partial eclipse will occur with the top left corner of the sun blocked by the moon at dawn, and will peak on January 4th.
The Quadrantids are a regular meteor shower that occurs around the first week each January.
While not the biggest and brightest, the Quadrantids are certainly above average and – if the sky remains clear – could provide an average of around 40 meteors per hour.
These will originate from the north and north east, around the familiar Plough constellation.
It was only two weeks ago some may have been lucky enough to observe the full eclipse of the moon just after the Winter Solstice.
However, snow and cloud that covered much of the UK is likely to have reduced visibility for many people.
Now the skies are clearer, there remains a chance of a more propitious start to observing the heavens.
Incidentally, earth’s natural orbit around the sun will be at its closest annual point on January 4th as well.