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The next few nights will provide the best Orionid rates of the year. The peak is predicted for the night of October 21/22 but the maximum is not sharp so rates will be near maximum between October 20-24. The exactRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday October 23th. At this time the moon is located near the sun and cannot be seen at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the earlyRead More >

Iowa Fireball - Time Lapse   (CANON 6D 35MM @ f1.4 10" ISO1600 - 10

Ben Lewis took this time-lapse on October 16th, 2014 between 4:30AM and 4:50AM CET (CANON 6D 35MM @ f1.4 10″ ISO1600 with a 10″ delay between frames.) These pictures are very unique: we can cleary see the train left behindRead More >


Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Wednesday October 15th. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and will be above the horizon from midnight onward. Although not perfect, theseRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

Meteor activity in general increases in October when compared to September. A major shower (the Orionids) is active most of the month along with many minor showers. Both branches of the Taurids become more active as the month progresses, providingRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Wednesday October 1st. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near midnight local daylight time (LDT).  This weekend the waxing crescentRead More >


Four Fireballs across United States - September 24th, 2014 - AMS Events #2305, 2306, 2307 and 2308-2014

Four large unique fireball events were reported to the AMS last night. Event #2305-2014 was seen at approximately 1:11 local time (EDT) in FL and GA. Event #2306-2014 – Over 420 witnesses from IL, IN, MI, OH and WI reportedRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Tuesday September 23rd. At this time the moon is located near the sun and is not visible at night. This weekend  the waning crescent moon will rise just before theRead More >

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The American Meteor Society has received over 300 reports of a bright fireball occurring over a wide area in the eastern USA. It occurred near 10:55pm EDT on the evening of September 14, 2014. There were a wide range ofRead More >


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The American Meteor Society has received nearly 300 reports of a bright fireball occurring over Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. This object appeared near 8:25pm PDT on the evening of September 13, 2014. Many observers commented on the intense greenRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Tuesday September 16th. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises near midnight local daylight time (LDT) for observers located in mid-northernRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Monday September 8th. At this time the moon is located opposite the sun and is present in the sky all night long. This will be the worst week of theRead More >


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 >

3D Trajectory of Alabama Fireball

2 large fireballs were seen and reported by many witnesses on August 23rd, 2014. The first one was seen primarily from Illinois and Indiana. Witnesses from Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin also reported the phenomena shortly after it occurred (August 24thRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Monday August 25th. At this time the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. Late in this period the thin waxing crescent moon will enter theRead More >


Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Sunday August 17th. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise between midnight and 0100 local daylight time as seen fromRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday August 10th. At this time the moon is located opposite the sun and will be in the sky all night long. Later this week the waning gibbous moon willRead More >

Examples of Perseid meteors as seen at 4am local daylight time while facing northeast.

Examples of Perseid meteors as seen at 4am local daylight time while facing northeast from mid-northern latitudes. Conditions for viewing the Perseids are not favorable this year. The full moon will occur on August 10 and the shower peaks onlyRead More >


3D Trajectory of Alabama Fireball 2014-08-02

Over 65 witnesses have reported a bright fireball over Alabama Saturday night around 10:20 PM Eastern Time. Witnesses from Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Kentucky reported the phenomena shortly after it occurred. The fireball was captured on three of theRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

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 12. This shower is active most of the month and remainsRead More >

These are examples of Delta Aquariid activity seen from 40 degrees north latitude while facing south near 0300 local daylight time on July 30. These are examples of Delta Aquariid activity seen from 20 degrees south latitude while facing southRead More >


Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Saturday July 26th. At this time the moon will located near the sun and will be invisible at night. Later this week the waxing crescent moon will enter the eveningRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Saturday July 19th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will rise near midnight LDT (Local Daylight Time) as seen from mid-northern latitudes. This weekend the moon will hamper morningRead More >

AMS 1511-2014 Virginia Fireball

An bright fireball was seen over Virginia on July, 17 2014. Preliminary reports place the time of the event near 10:15 PM EDT. So far, this fireball has been reported by over 80 witnesses across East Coast. The fireball was seen from primarilyRead More >


Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday July 5th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will set near midnight LDT (Local Daylight Time) as seen from mid-northern latitudes . The morning hours will be freeRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

Meteor season finally gets going in July for the northern hemisphere. The first half of the month will be much like June. After the 15th though, both sporadic and shower rates increase significantly. For observers in the southern hemisphere, sporadicRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Friday June 27th. At this time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise a few hoursRead More >


Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday June 19th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise between midnight and 0100 local daylight (LDT) time as seenRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Thursday June 12th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon most of the night as seen from mid-northern locations. This weekendRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday June 5th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 0100 local daylight time (LDT) as seen from mid-northernRead More >


Camelopardalid Meteors

Much to the disappointment of all, it appears that Comet 209P/Linear has been dust poor for a long time as very few meteors have been reported during the expected maximum last night and this morning. While scientists can pinpoint theRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Wednesday May 28th. At this time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise a couple ofRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Wednesday May 14th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 0100 local daylight time as seen from mid-northernRead More >


AMS Event 2014-1127 – Trajectory

Erratum: the previous article stated only one major fireball were witnessed on May 15 – it looks like there were 2 of them… 2 large fireballs were seen and reported by many witnesses on May 15th 2014. The first oneRead More >

Possible Meteors from P209 as Seen from Mid-northern Latitudes

Possible Meteors from P209 as Seen from Mid-northern Latitudes On the evening/morning of May 23/24, 2014, the possibility exists that a major meteor display may occur as seen from the North American longitudes of the northern hemisphere. On May 24,Read More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Wednesday May 14th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will be present in the sky all night long. This weekend the waxing gibbous moon willRead More >


Daytime Fireball Over Ontario – AMS Event 2014-1062 - Trajectory

An extremely bright daylight fireball was seen from Ontario and the state of New York earlier today. Preliminary reports place the time of the event near 4:16 EDT with a brightness rivaling the sun. Below is a map of theRead More >

Eta Aquariid meteors as seen from mid-northern latitudes just before dawn

Eta Aquariid meteors as seen from mid-northern latitudes just before dawn The Eta Aquariids (ETA) are active between April 19 and May 28. The strongest activity is usually seen near May 7, when rates can reach 25-30 meteors per hourRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Tuesday May 6th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will be present in the evening sky until it sets aroundRead More >


Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Tuesday April 29th. At this time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise only during theRead More >

After three months of low rates, April ushers in two major showers and a temporary upswing in meteor activity. The first of these showers is the Lyrids, which are active from April 16 through the 25th. Activity for this showerRead More >

Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Tuesday April 22nd. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near 0200 local daylight time (LDT) as seen from mid-northernRead More >