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 →
Perseid Meteors Source Lake by Wesley Liikane

Perseid Meteors Source Lake by Wesley Liikane Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time Radiant Positions at Midnight Local Standard Time Radiant Positions at 5am Local Standard Time During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on MondayRead More >

Perseid Meteor Shower seen over Mobius Arch, Alabama Hill (2013) - Kartik Ramanathan

Perseid Meteor Shower seen over Möbius Arch, Alabama Hills, CA (2013) – Kartik Ramanathan Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude Radiant Positions at Midnight Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude Radiant positions at 4am Local StandardRead More >

Meteor over Mercedes County Observatory, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011) @Luis Argerich - http://goo.gl/8hNvTm

Meteor over Mercedes County Observatory, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011) @Luis Argerich – http://goo.gl/8hNvTm Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude Radiant Positions at Midnight Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude Radiant positions at 4am Local Standard TimeRead More >


Quadrantid meteor over Alberta, Canada (2011) Photograph by Yuichi Takasaka, TWAN - ©

Quadrantid meteor over Alberta, Canada (2011) Photograph by Yuichi Takasaka, TWAN – © 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 occursRead More >

Dee Campton - December 14, 2014 @ 22:03. Martinsville, Virginia looking SE.

Dee Campton – December 14, 2014 @ 22:03. Martinsville, Virginia looking SE. Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude Radiant Positions at Midnight Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude Radiant positions at 4am Local Standard Time fromRead More >

Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Monday December 22th. At this time the moon is located near the sun and cannot be seen at night. Later next week the waxing crescent moon will enter the eveningRead More >


Geminid meteor over Colțești, Romania - ©   Sergiu Bacioiu

Geminid meteor over Colțești, Romania – © Sergiu Bacioiu The week before Christmas is not one usually devoted to meteor observing. That is unfortunate as an obscure shower known as the Ursids reaches maximum activity during this period. It isRead More >

Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Sunday December 14th. At this time the moon rises near midnight local standard time (LST) and will remain in the sky the remainder of the night. Viewing conditions improveRead More >

The Geminid meteor shower is now active and will reach maximum activity on Saturday evening/Sunday morning December 13/14. Activity is currently low with less than 5 meteors per hour appearing from this source.  Rates are usually twice this number butRead More >


Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Saturday December 6th. At this time the moon lies in the sky all night long and obscures all but the brightest meteors. Toward the end of this period the moonRead More >

Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude

No matter where you live, the first half of December provides some of the best meteor activity of the year. Unfortunately this year the bright moon will hamper the viewing of this activity. In the northern hemisphere the sporadic ratesRead More >

Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time from 40N Latitude

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Saturday November 22. At this time the moon is invisible at night and will not interfere with meteor observing. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter theRead More >