Quadrantids Meteor Showers (Peak time and Condition)


Quadrantids is one of the greatest meteor shwoers in a year. The maximum of solar longitude is at 283°.15 by IMO.
Radio Meteor Observation is also able to observe a strong activity every year. Since a strong activity is not longer, observable meteor echoes are less than annual year under bad condition such as low radiant elevation or below of horizon. Maximum peak in radio is also observed at 283°.15.

Information of Quadrantids

Name (code)Quadrantids (010 QUA)
ActiveVisual(IMO)Dec.28th – Jan.12th
Radio(IPRMO)Jan.2nd – Jan.5th
Radiantα = 230°.1 / δ = +48°.5
featureZHR(max):120, r=2.1, V:41km/s
Radio) Maximum Activity Level=4.0 FWHM:-0°.35/+0°.30
Parant Comet96P/Machholz 1

Reference and Useful Links

2021 Meteor Shower Calendar (International Meteor Organization)
– A new Working List of meteor showers (Rainer Arlt et al), WGN 34:3(2006)
– Meteor Shower Workbook 2014 (J.Rendtel), International Meteor Organization (2014)
– Major and Daytime Meteor Showers using Radio Meteor Observation in the World covering the period 2001-2016(H.Ogawa and C.Steyaert), WGN 45:4(2017)
The American Meteor Society (AMS)

Conditions in the future (2021-2025) for Radio Meteor Observations

Below lists are observig conditions for radio meteor observers in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025. This is listed for radio observers (NOT for visual observers). You can see visual observing conditions as following AMS site.
icon Conditions for Visual Observers (by AMS)

Conditions in North America

Time : Standard Time

YearPeak Time and Condition (λ=283°.15)Comments for Radio Obs.
YearPeak Time and Condition
2021Jan 3rd 10hbestJan 3rd 09hbestJan 3rd 08hbestJan 3rd 07hbestJan 3rd 06hbestunder best condition !
2022Jan 3rd 16hnormalJan 3rd 15hgoodJan 3rd 14hgoodJan 3rd 13hbestJan 3rd 12hbestwestern is better condition
2023Jan 3rd 23hnormalJan 3rd 22hnormalJan 3rd 21hnormalJan 3rd 20hnormalJan 3rd 19hnormallow radiant elevation
2024Jan 4th 05hbestJan 4th 04hbestJan 4th 03hbestJan 4th 02hgoodJan 4th 01hgoodbetter condition in eastern
2025Jan 3rd 11hbestJan 3rd 10hbestJan 3rd 09hbestJan 3rd 08hbestJan 3rd 07hbestunder best condition

Major cities (example)
AST(Halifox, etc.), EST(NewYork,Ottawa, etc.), CST(Cicago, etc.), MST(Denver, etc.), PST(LosAngeles, etc.)

Conditions in Other region

Time : Standard Time (NOT daylight-saving time)

YearPeak Time and Condition (λ=283°.15)Comments for Radio Obs.
YearPeak and Condition
2021Jan 3rd 14hbestJan 3rd 15hbestJan 3rd 19hBadJan 3rd 23hGoodEurope is better
2022Jan 3rd 20hNormalJan 3rd 21hNormalJan 4th 01hBadJan 4th 05hBestthe best in East Asia
2023Jan 4th 03hbestJan 4th 04hbestJan 4th 08hbestJan 4th 12hbestIndia is best condition
2024Jan 4th 09hbestJan 4th 10hbestJan 4th 14hgoodJan 4th 18hgoodbest condition in Europe
2025Jan 3rd 15hbestJan 3rd 16hbestJan 3rd 20hbadJan 4th 00hgoodunder horizon in India

GMT:United Kingdom, CET:Itarly, IST:India, JST:Japan

Results of Quadrantids by Radio Meteor Observations

Result of Quadrantids is recorded by worldwide radio meteor observers.
icon Result of Quadrantids