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Today's Meteor Activity

The 'Today's Meteor Activity' graphic shows the averaged daily Meteor Activity provided by the Radio Meteor Observing Bulletin (RMOB). It's updated every hour. This graphic is free for linking to from your own website by using this link


As usual, Quadrantids open the list of meteor showers of the year.
Quadrantids maximum is typically rather sharp, with ZHR varying in the range 60-200 hr-1.
Its maximum in 2017 is expected to occur on January 3rd, 14h UT, with ZHR = 120 hr-1. This peak time is is based on data collected from IMO in 1992 (the best observed return of the shower ever analyzed), and was confirmed by radio results in most years since 1996.
Mass sorting of particles across the meteoroid stream related to the comet 96P/Machholz and the minor planet 2003 EH1 may make fainter meteors reach maximum up to 14 hours before the brighter ones.
It has also to be noted that in few returns since year 2000, a radio maximum has followed the main visual maximum by some 9-12 hours.
For 2017 there are no predictions for high rates or any extra peak; Jeremie Vaubaillon's modelling even indicates a density below the average.

For Radio Observers, the (Theoretical) UT peaks for upcoming showers in January 2017 are as follows:

Active: December 28 - January 12
Maximum: January 3, 14 UT (λsol= 283.15 degs)
ZHR: HIGH (120 hr-1)

Active: January 15 - January 25
Maximum: January 20 (λsol= 299 degs)
ZHR: low

(Source: IMO)

2017 Quadrantids Overview

2017 Quadrantids meteor activity has been below average, but still reasonable, with ZHR around 80 hr-1 at peak. Activity plot, derived from visual observations, can be found on IMO Website.