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The Alpha-Centaurids meteor shower peaks tonight for Southern Hemisphere skywatchers

The annual meteor shower the Alpha-Centaurids will peak on Wednesday (Feb. 8). Skywatchers will see the meteors from the Centaurids at any time its apparent point of origin in the constellation of Centaurus, or radiant point, is above the horizon. 

While the peak of the Alpha-Centaurids meteor shower, which lasts from Jan. 28 to Feb. 21, will be visible to observers in the Southern Hemisphere, viewers in Northern Hemisphere regions will miss out. This is because, for locations such as New York City, the radiant point of this particular meteor shower never rises above the horizon.

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