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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 >

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 >

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 >