Last year was a banner year for stargazing. Between the total solar eclipse and some excellent meteor showers, there were many reasons to look up.
There's no solar eclipse this year, but there are still plenty of dazzling stellar displays to get excited about. Bill Cooke, who leads NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, helped pinpoint the meteor showers that are worth getting excited about this year.
To watch any of these meteor showers, you need to get far from the city. Find an open area where you can see to the horizon and, most importantly, where the sky is dark. The Dark Sky Finder app is a useful tool to help you find a spot to set up shop. It's also recommended you give yourself about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness. Then the show will appear at its most brilliant.
Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until April 22 for the first peak night following the Quadrantids in early January. Until then, you can plan for a blue moon total lunar eclipse, which will take place on January 31.