THE APPROACHING SHOWER OF JANUARY METEORS (QUADRANTIDS).—This shower will probably reappear on the nights following January 2 and 3. The best time to observe it will probably be on the early evening of January 3. Mr. T. W. Backhouse, of Sunderland, who has devoted much attention to this meteoric system during a long period of years, concludes that the maximum will occur on the morning of January 3. At that time, however, the gibbous moon will be shining and high in the sky. On the evening of the date mentioned our satellite will not rise until between io and 11 p.m., and in the dark sky between about 5.30 and 7 p.m. meteors should be abundant. The radiant point at 232 + 52° (8° S. of 1 Draconis) will be due north at about 8.40 p.m., at an altitude of only 14° seen from the latitude of Greenwich.