Friday, December 31, 2010

Get Set Go! Quadrantids 2011

The Quadrantids are in sight. The timings have been digested. All we can do now is wait and watch for the best! This post is a successor to the previous one on the Quadrantids. While the previous post had lot of detail, this post will even out the facts.

For AFA's previous detailed post on the Quadrantids, and to know in detail about the meteor shower, please visit this link.


Active Start Date - 1st January
Active End Date - 10th January

Peak Date - 3rd and 4th January
Maximum Activity - January 4, 1h 10m UTC i.e. 6:40 am IST

Timings for India - Best Time to Observe is from 11:00 pm to 4:30 am on January 3-4. Look for the pole star in the North. Pole Star to be visible from 8:30 pm onwards on January 3, and Bootes (the radiant) will be visible from about 10:30 pm onwards. Try to get away from cities for the best loacation!

The Association of Friends of Astronomy (Goa) is planning a 'Official' overnight observation for the Quadrantids Meteor Shower 2011.


  1. Hi,

    It will be great to join you guys for observing the meteor showers.

    Will the observation be done from the Public Astronomical Observatory or will be at some remote location? I suppose since the meteors are going to be around the horizon, it will be best to observe from outside the city where there are no lights. Either way do share the details.


  2. @ Piyush.... we are planning the observation at the observatory itself. Going to a remote location was given a thought, but we had a shortage of senior members accompanying us :( Yes, this meteor shower will not be so grand, but expect around 50 meteors the whole night! Hop in, pay us a visit!

  3. hey atharv i think the max. activity timing is at 4:30 n not 6:30........ plz do confirm.........


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