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 →
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 >

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

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 >


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 >

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 >