The first major meteor shower of 2014 is the Quadrantid shower – best in Northern Hemisphere locations. This shower has a notoriously narrow peak, but predictions might be off by a few hours. Best bet: before dawn January 3 in the western hemisphere or before dawn January 4 in the eastern hemisphere. January 3 or 4, 2014 before dawn, the Quadrantids Although the Quadrantids can produce over 100 meteors per hour, the sharp peak of this shower tends to last only a few hours, and doesn’t always come at an opportune time. In other words, you have to be in the right spot on Earth to view this meteor shower in all its splendor.