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Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

September offers longer nights in the northern hemisphere that tend to be less hazy than those experienced in mid-summer. In the sky, no major showers are visible from either hemisphere but the northern hemisphere enjoys the advantage of higher sporadicRead More >

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Perseid Meteors, Agust 12th 2015 (composite photo) – Palm Springs, CA, USA © Ken Miller Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Time During this period theRead More >

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Perseid Meteor, Agust 12th 2015 – Central Texas, USA © Jared Tennant Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Time During this period the moon enters theRead More >


Our friend Chris Crawford is running an crowd-sourced program to measure the spatial distribution of Perseids. Anybody with an Android smartphone can participate. You simply download the app. It has all the instructions you need. Basically, you just watch Perseids,Read More >

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Perseids 2011 (composite photo) – Omu Peak, Romania © Alex Tudorica Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Time During this period the moon reaches its newRead More >

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Composite Image of the Perseids Meteor Shower 2013- Germany – © mLu.fotos The Perseid is the most gifted Meteor Shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The Perseid offers a consistently high rate of meteors every year (up toRead More >


Videos of a slow moving, large bright fireball started popping up online shortly after a major fireball event seen from Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. If you witnessed this event, please fill out an official fireball report with the International MeteorRead More >

A meteor from the Perseid meteor shower is seen zipping through the sky in Hungary in August 2012.

Meteor activity kicks into high gear in August as seen from the northern hemisphere. The main reason for all this activity is the Perseid shower that peaks on August 13th. This shower is active most of the month and remains above the level of the sporadic background for a week centered on August 13th

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Time During this period the moon reaches its full  phase on Thursday July 30th. At this time the moon isRead More >


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Over two dozen witnesses reported a bright, slow moving fireball over central Texas last night slightly after 9:00 PM local time. Most reports were clustered around Austin and San Antonio. An analysis of the witness reports estimates that the fireballRead More >

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Northern Lights and 2 meteors – 18.03.2015 Finland by Dave Grubb Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Time During this period the moon reaches its firstRead More >

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© Aurora and Meteor – June 22, 2015 – 9:56PM Saco, Maine USA Patrick Fennell – Follow Patrick on Facebook Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local DaylightRead More >


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The AMS received over 150 reports of a bright fiery object traveling from the south west to the north est over Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The long duration time, witness descriptions and long distance of travel suggest this object was some type of space debris.

Geminid Fireball over Mount Balang ©  Alvin Wu - Dec. 2014

Geminid Fireball over Mount Balang © Alvin Wu – Dec. 2014 During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Wednesday July 1st. At this time the moon will be located opposite the sun and will lie above theRead More >

Meteor over Arizona

For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 10 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 15 for observers viewing from the southern tropics. Evening rates are reduced this week due to moonlight.


 Alpha Centaurid Meteor Shower @ 40,000 ft by Colin Legg Photography

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 4 for observers viewing from the southern tropics (latitude 25 S.). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 9 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 12 for observers viewing from the southern tropics.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Milky Way and a Lyrid Meteor, 2013 by Jeff Berkes

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Milky Way and a Lyrid Meteor, 2013 © Jeff Berkes Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Time During this period the moonRead More >

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June is another slow month for meteor activity. There are no major showers active in June and only the Anthelion source can be counted on for continuous activity. Even the Anthelion radiant is located so far south this time of year that rates rarely exceed two per hour as seen from the northern hemisphere.


Two meteors in one shot by Stephen Rahn - 08/15/2011

Two meteors in one shot by Stephen Rahn – 08/15/2011 Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local Daylight Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Time During this period the moon reaches its first quarterRead More >

Rocky Raybell

For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 7 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 12 for observers viewing from the southern tropics. The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes…

Rocky Raybell

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 2 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 3 for observers viewing from the southern tropics (latitude 25 S.). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 9 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 13 for observers viewing from…


Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Saving Time

Radiant Positions at 10pm Local Daylight Saving Time Radiant Positions at 1am Local Daylight Saving Time Radiant Positions at 4am Local Daylight Saving Time May is a fairly slow month for meteor activity. The Eta Aquariids are very active theRead More >

Barry Simmons

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 2 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 3 for observers viewing from the southern tropics (latitude 25 S.). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 9 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 15 for observers viewing from the southern tropics.

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The American Meteor Society received over 50 reports so far about a fireball event in Maryland and southern Pensylvania on April 17th around 9:10pm EDT. Observers from as far north as Toronto in Canada reported seeing a bright light inRead More >


Debbie DiCarlo

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Saturday April 18th. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will not be visible at night. Next week the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but it will set prior to midnight and will not interfere with viewing during the more active morning hours.

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‘To Catch A Falling Star…’ – Penmon, Anglesey, UK – A meteor captured at 1:16am on Apr 20th. 2014 @ Kris Williams It is not a Lyrid otherwise it should be originating from the radiant near Vega at the top-rightRead More >

Colleen Gino

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 4 for observers viewing from the southern tropics (latitude 25 S.). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 7 …


Matthew Moses

The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 1 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 3 for observers viewing from the southern tropics (latitude 25 S.). For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 4 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 6 for observers viewing from the southern tropics.

Matthew Moses

Meteor activity picks up a bit during April as the Lyrids become active during the month. They are active from the 18th through the 25th, with a pronounced maximum on the 23rd. Sporadic rates during April are steady as seen from both hemispheres with southern observers enjoying twice the activity that can be seen from the mid-northern hemisphere.

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The estimated total hourly meteor rates for evening observers this week is near 3 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 4 for observers viewing from the southern tropics. For morning observers the estimated total hourly rates should be near 7 for observers situated at mid-northern latitudes and 10 for observers viewing from the southern tropics.


© Ruslan Merzlyakov - Vortex of star trails created using Photoshop - Stenbjerg, Thy National Park, Denmark. March 2015.

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Friday March 20th. At this time the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours and will interfere with meteor observing if not kept out of ones field of view.

AMS Event #638-2015 - Reports

The AMS received nearly 150 reports this morning of a bright fiery object traveling from the east to the west over southern Wyoming and northern Colorado. AMS Event #638-2015 – Witness Reports Many of the witnesses reported a slow movingRead More >

 Meteors and Northern Lights over Snæfellsnes glacier, Iceland – Feb 20th, 2015 – © Diana Robinson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dianasch/)

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Friday March 13th. At that time the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises near 0100 local daylight saving time. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours effectively ruining the remainder of the night for meteor observing…


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As seen from the northern hemisphere, March is the slowest month for meteor activity. No major annual showers are active and only a few very weak minor showers produce activity this month. The sporadic rates are also near their annual minimum so there is not much to look forward to this month except …

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The American Meteor Society received over 195 reports from western states last night (February, 23th 2015) about a slow moving grouping of fireballs traveling from the south east to the north west. Witness reports indicate, the object travelled over aRead More >

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The American Meteor Society received over 230 reports so far about a bright fireball event in northern Florida just east of Jacksonville. Observers from as far north as August GA reported seeing a bright light in the sky. Over 48Read More >


Taken from the 59th street pier in Ocean City, New Jersey at 5:00 am on February 16, 2015. This meteor was bright green and lit up the sky for a few seconds, traveling downwards towards the horizon over open ocean. It was to the right of a rising milky way and crescent moon.

While conditions are favorable for meteor observing during this period, hourly rates are expected to be low, especially from the northern hemisphere. There are no “real” radiants active during this period plus sporadic rates are low as seen from the northern hemisphere. These low rates can be blamed on the…

Fireball Witness Reports

A bright fireball was seen and reported near Pittsburgh in the early morning on February 17th. The AMS has received over 120 eye witness reports from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and New York. Three witnesses from the Pittsburgh area reported hearingRead More >

Screenshot of a video captured on a dash cam from YouTube user Josh Sherborne - NZ Fireball February 11th, 2015.

A bright fireball was spotted in New Zealand on February, 11 2015 around 10 PM NZDT – (11/02/2015 09:00 UT), with sightings from Whangarei in the north all the way to upper South Island. Screenshot of a video captured onRead More >


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This week sees the moon finally giving way to dark skies but the meteor activity will be slow despite the absence of moonlight. Most of the activity this week is reserved for observers in the southern hemisphere as there are 3 active radiants in the southern constellation of Centaurus.

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During this period the moon will hinder attempts to view meteor activity, especially during the more active morning hours. Later in the week the evening hours will be free of moonlight but activity at that time is expected to be very low.

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February is the start of the fireball season, when an abundance of fireballs seem to occur. This lasts well into April and seems to occur mostly during the early evening hours…