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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 >


Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time

During this period the moon wanes from half illuminated to nearly its new phase. During this entire period the moon is only visible during the morning hours, allowing dark skies prior to midnight. This weekend the waning crescent moon willRead More >

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Professional photographer Wes Eisenhauer was filming the Milky Way galaxy in South Dakota, when he noticed something moving out of the corner of his eye. After replaying his timelapse footage, he spotted a nice meteor explosion. Shot on October 16th,Read More >

Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Friday November 14th. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises near 2300 (11pm) local standard time (LST) as seen from mid-northernRead More >


Radiant Positions at 8pm Local Standard Time

As seen from the northern hemisphere, meteor rates continue to be strong in November. While no major activity is expected this month, the two Taurid radiants plus the Leonids keep the skies active. The addition of strong sporadic rates makeRead More >

Radiant Positions at 9pm LDT

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday October 30th. At this time the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and sets near  2300 local daylight time as seen from mid-northern latitudes. TheRead More >

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 >