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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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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 annual minimum so there is not much to look forward to this month except …

Taken from the 59th street pier in Ocean City, New Jersey at 5:00 am on February 16, 2015. This meteor was bright green and lit up the sky for a few seconds, traveling downwards towards the horizon over open ocean. It was to the right of a rising milky way and crescent moon.

While conditions are favorable for meteor observing during this period, hourly rates are expected to be low, especially from the northern hemisphere. There are no “real” radiants active during this period plus sporadic rates are low as seen from the northern hemisphere. These low rates can be blamed on the…

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This week sees the moon finally giving way to dark skies but the meteor activity will be slow despite the absence of moonlight. Most of the activity this week is reserved for observers in the southern hemisphere as there are 3 active radiants in the southern constellation of Centaurus.


Milkyway over Santa Barbara

During this period the moon will hinder attempts to view meteor activity, especially during the more active morning hours. Later in the week the evening hours will be free of moonlight but activity at that time is expected to be very low.

fireball   Minnesota on September 12, 2014.

February is the start of the fireball season, when an abundance of fireballs seem to occur. This lasts well into April and seems to occur mostly during the early evening hours…

Perseid Meteors Source Lake by Wesley Liikane

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Monday January 26th. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local standard time (LST) for observers located in mid-northern latitudes…


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

This period is dominated by numerous weak radiants best observed during the morning hours. The moon reaches its new phase on Tuesday January 20th. At this time the moon is located near the sun and cannot be seen at night.

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 >