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 →

The next few nights will provide the best Orionid rates of the year. The peak is predicted for the night of October 21/22 but the maximum is not sharp so rates will be near maximum between October 20-24. The exactRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Wednesday October 15th. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and will be above the horizon from midnight onward. Although not perfect, theseRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

Meteor activity in general increases in October when compared to September. A major shower (the Orionids) is active most of the month along with many minor showers. Both branches of the Taurids become more active as the month progresses, providingRead More >


Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Wednesday October 1st. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near midnight local daylight time (LDT).  This weekend the waxing crescentRead More >

Radiant Positions at 10pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Tuesday September 23rd. At this time the moon is located near the sun and is not visible at night. This weekend  the waning crescent moon will rise just before theRead More >

1936-heatmapj

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 >


1936-heatmapj

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 >