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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 >

Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday April 15th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will be above the horizon all night long. Observers in the western hemisphere who have clearRead More >


Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Sunday April 6th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 0200 local daylight time (LDT) as seen from mid-northernRead More >

Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

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 22nd. Sporadic rates during April are steady as seenRead More >

Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Sunday March 23rd. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local daylight time for sites located at mid-northernRead More >


Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday March 16th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will be above the horizon all night long. As the week progresses the moon will notRead More >

Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday March 8th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will set between midnight and 0100 local standard time for sites locatedRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

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 annualRead More >


AMS Event #532-2014 - Heat Map

A large and bright fireball was seen and reported by approx. 100 witnesses across Northern US East Coast (February 24th 2014, 9:11pm EST – February 25th 2014, 2:11pm UT). The fireball was seen from primarily New Jersey but witnesses fromRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Saturday February 22nd. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight LST (Local Standard Time) as seen from mid-northernRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon begins at its full phase then wanes down to nearly one-half illuminated by Friday February 21st. This will be the worst period of the month to try an view meteor activity as the moon willRead More >


Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Friday February 14th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will remain above the horizon all night long as seen from mid-northern latitudes. This weekend theRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

February offers the meteor observer in the northern hemisphere a couple of weak showers plus falling sporadic rates. This may not seem too exiting but you never know when surprises are in store. An errant earthgrazer from the Centaurid complexRead More >

AMS Event #312-2014 - "Mid West Fireball" - January 28th, 2014 - 2D Trajectory

The American Meteor Society has received over 100 reports of a bright fireball seen from mid western states at approximately 8:30 PM local eastern time. Witnesses from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania reported an extremely largeRead More >


Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday January 30th. At this time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise near 0200 localRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Friday January 24th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local standard time (LST). This weekend the waningRead More >

AMS Event #92-2014 - Heat Map

A large, bright, long duration fireball was seen and reported by hundreds of witnesses last night across New England (January 12th 2014, 5:20pm EST – 22:20 UT.) Witnessed reported the brightness greater than the full moon. The fireball was seenRead More >


Radiant Area for Possible ISONids Meteors

Radiant Area for Possible ISONids Meteors There have been several articles published about the possibility of meteor activity from Comet C/2012 S1 ISON. During the inbound portion of the comet’s orbit, the comet passed approximately 2 million miles from theRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Wednesday January 15th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will above the horizon all night long. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will set duringRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

January is best known for the Quadrantids, which have the potential of being the best shower of the year. Unfortunately this shower is short lived and occurs during some of the worst weather in the northern hemisphere. Due to theRead More >


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Examples of Quadrantid meteors seen near 5am local standard time on Jan 3 while facing north The Quadrantids or January Bootes are active from January 1st through the 10th each year. They reach maximum activity on either the 3rd orRead More >

AMS Event #3434-2013 Trajectories

The AMS has now received 1489 reports which makes this event the most widely reported fireball occurrence since the fireball list was resurrected back in 2005. Witnessed described a fireball as bright as the Sun that fragmented into many partsRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Wednesday January 1st. At this time the moon will lie near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the lateRead More >


Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Wednesday December 25th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local standard time (LST). This weekend the waningRead More >

The 2014 Meteor Shower List is presented in four separate parts. The showers are broken down by intensity with major, minor, variable, and weak showers being separated into their own groups. The general public and news agencies are encouraged toRead More >

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The AMS has received over 40 reports so far about a fireball over central Tennessee last night around 8:20 central time. The event was captured by two cameras in the NASA All Sky Fireball Network operated by Bill Cooke ofRead More >


Radiant Positions for 40N Latitude at 7pm Local Standard Time

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Tuesday December 17th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long as seen from the northern hemisphere. This weekendRead More >

Arizona Fireball - December 10th, 2013 - 7:12 PM MT

Over 30 witnesses from Arizona and New Mexico reported a brilliant fireball last night a little after 7:00 PM Mountain Time. A large percentage of reports indicated a delayed boom which generally means the bolide penetrated deep into the atmosphere. ClickRead More >

Examples of Geminid meteors seen near 0330 local standard time on Dec 13 from latitude 50N

The Geminid meteor shower is normally the strongest shower of the year, often producing in excess of 60 meteors per hour at maximum activity. This year though, the nearly full moon will interfere with viewing this spectacle. The display isRead More >


Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Monday December 9th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local standard time (LST). This weekend the waxingRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

No matter where you live, the first half of December provides some of the best meteor activity of the year. In the northern hemisphere the sporadic rates are still strong plus you can also count on strong activity from theRead More >

Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Monday November 25th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local standard time as seen from mid-northernRead More >


Radiant Positions at 7pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday November 17th. At this time the moon will lie opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long as seen from mid-northern latitudes. As the weekRead More >

Radiant Positions at 8pm LST

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Saturday November 9th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will lie 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near 2300 (11pm) local standard time as seen fromRead More >

Heat Map – AMS Event #2765-2013

215 witnesses have reported a large fireball over Southern California on November 6th around 7:50pm PST (3:50 on 11/7 UT). The fireball was seen from primarily California, but witnesses from Arizona, Nevada and Utah also reported seeing the fireball. At least oneRead More >


Radiant Positions at 8pm LST

As seen from the northern hemisphere, meteor rates continue to be strong in November. While no major activity is expected this month, the two Taurid radiants plus the Leonids keep the skies active. The addition of strong sporadic rates makeRead More >

Preliminary trajectory – AMS Event #2677-2013

The American Meteor Society has received numerous (355 so far) reports of a major fireball event over the Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada on October 30th just before  6:00am PDT (7:00 MDT). The fireball was seen primarily from the Portland,Read More >

Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Saturday October 26. This weekend the half-illuminated moon will rise near midnight and will remain in the sky the remainder of the morning. Successful meteor observations can be obtainedRead More >


Heat Map – AMS Event #2595-2013

Over 95 (so far) witnesses reported a large fireball over New Jersey on October 24th around 7:15am EDT (11:15 UT). The fireball was seen from primarily New Jersey and Maryland, but witnesses from Connecticut, Washington D.C., North Carolina, New York,Read More >

Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon wanes from its full phase to nearly one-half illuminated. This weekend the full moon will be in the sky all night long and will spoil any chance of viewing good meteor activity. Toward the endRead More >

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Lancaster Meteor

Preliminary trajectory - AMS Event #2456-2013

Over 104 (so far) witnesses reported a large fireball over Lancaster County (PA) last night (10/14) around 8:25 PM local EDT (0:25 on 10/15 UT.) The fireball was seen from primarily Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia but witnesses from Washington DC, Connecticut,Read More >