January is normally a dark and grey month with a full moon at its start. In 2011 the new moon in the early part of the month means that the quadrantid meteors should be visible. This shower is associated with the asteroid 2003 EH1. At the shower maximum which is expected to be at approximately 8pm EST on the 4th of Jan under clear skies, the sky watcher should observe between 30 to 50 meteors per hour.

The radiant of the shower is the now defunct constellation of Quadrantid which was removed from the list in the early 19th century. The location of the radiant is shown below.