Author Archives: Robert Lunsford

About Robert Lunsford

Bob has been interested in the stars as far back as he can recall His first experience with meteors was a biggie, the 1966 Leonid shower. In 1980, a major awaking occurred. He received a sample copy of Meteor News. He was amazed to learn there was a group actually devoted strictly to meteor observing! He joined the group also started to view some of the minor showers list among the pages of Meteor News. Lastly, he was contracted by Springer Publishing in 2007 to write a book on observing meteors. The book is now available and hopefully will be a useful guide to all interested in the enjoyable field of meteor observing. More info about Robert Lunsford →
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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 >

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 >


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 >