Welcome to the home of the American Meteor Society, Ltd., a non-profit scientific organization established to inform, encourage, and support the research activities of both amateur and professional astronomers who are interested in the fascinating field of Meteor Astronomy. Our affiliates observe, monitor, collect data on, study, and report on meteors, meteor showers, fireballs, and related meteoric phenomena. Please note that the AMS does not deal in meteorites, meteors that have reached the surface of the Earth. If you feel you have a meteorite or have questions dealing with meteorites please direct them to one of the many individuals or organizations that are easily found on the internet that deal specifically with meteorites.
We are an organization of amateur and professional meteor scientists and observers founded in 1911, with a common goal of studying meteors: – bright fireballs, the annual meteor showers, and the random sporadic meteors that appear every night. It’s an exciting field where amateurs equipped only with their eyes can make valuable scientific observations.
Anyone, regardless of prior knowledge or skill, interested in observing meteors and advancing meteor science is welcome to become a member of the AMS. We also welcome casual browsers just looking for information on meteor showers; please look through the many resources available on our site for you.
As we enter our second century, we invite everyone to join us on our journey in exploring meteor science -the most exciting field in astronomy. Comments and Questions may be directed to the AMS Operations Manager Mike Hankey.