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    Astronomy 161: Meteors and Meteor Showers
    Descriptions and explanations of what causes meteors, as well as the history of
    its study.

  • Meteors and Meteor Showers Interplanetary space is littered with rocks tens of meters in diameter or less

  • Hannover, 1995 Perseid Shower, 1996 Peekskill, 1992 The left image shows the path of a fireball recorded over Hannover, Germany

  • The middle image shows a fireball recorded in the 1996 Perseid meteor shower by the

  • Meteor Showers Meteors enter our atmosphere on a regular basis

  • These periods are called meteor showers

  • Further, during meteor showers (which usually last a few days), the majority of the meteors appear to come from a particular point in the sky, called the radiant of the shower

  • The adjacent figure illustrates the position of the radiant for the Leonid Meteor Shower, and here is a time-exposed image showing clearly the for the 1995 Lyrid Shower

  • The meteor shower is commonly named after the constellation in which this radiant is found, and occurs annually during a well-defined time period

  • For example, the Perseid meteor shower occurs every year from about July 25th through August 18th, with a peak on August 12, and has its radiant in the constellation Perseus

  • In this shower, the typical maximum number of meteors that can be seen per hour at its peak is about 70, which is 10 times the rate of sporadic meteors

    Leonid meteor storms: NASA's Leonid Multi-Instrument Aircraft ...
    NASA's Multi-instrument Aircraft Campaign gives you up to date news, information,
    and links related...

    Observing Meteor Showers
    A month-by-month guide with basic tips.


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    International Meteor Organization
    The leading amateur meteor organization in the world. Information about observing
    techniques, meteor...

  • The collection of meteor observations by several methods from all around the world ensures the comprehensive study of meteor showers and their relation to comets and interplanetary dust

  • The year looks set to be one of two unequal parts, with chiefly poorly-placed shower peaks through to the end of July, then a lot of virtually moonless shower maxima till mid December

  • The major Perseids and Geminids come off especially well, along with the possible Draconid epoch and Orionid maximum in October, the Taurids and Leonids in November, and most of the cluster of minor showers in early December

  • It contains the revised Working List of Visual Meteor Showers as published in WGN 34:3 last June

  • More | The Lyrid meteor shower exhibited normal activity in 2006

  • The profile below is compatible with a peak time of solar longitude 32.32 degrees as it is listed in IMO's Shower Calendar

    Meteor Shower Observing
    Main showers dates.

  • Meteor Shower Observing - Catching A Falling Star - Several times a year the Earth passes through the debris trains left in space by passing comets

  • Although you'll be able to see meteors or "shooting stars" all night, for most meteor showers the best time to observe the highest number of meteors per hour is in the pre-dawn hours

  • If you've never seen a meteor shower under a dark country sky, you will be amazed! Meteor Shower Peak Dates Typical # of Meteors/Hour Quadrantids Jan

    Meteor shower could be feast for eyes and ears

  • By Richard Stenger CNN (CNN) -- Although usually tame, the annual Bootid meteor shower could put on impressive fireworks over North America, delighting the eyes and ears of meteor enthusiasts tuned in to the show

  • MESSAGE BOARD INTERACTIVE (Courtesy: Marshall Space Flight Center) The shower, which seems to originate in the constellation Bootes, just to the left of and above the Big Dipper handle, normally produces only a modest crop of streaking meteors

  • No one knows what will happen during this shower

  • Although the shower peaks on June 27th, it takes place at lower intensities from June 26th until July 2nd

    Leonid meteor shower expected to peak overnight Wednesday

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    Includes the sun, the Northern Lights, shooting stars, and almanac.

  • We will continue to cover major space weather events, meteor showers and research news in our section

    Comets, Meteors, and Myths
    From, suggests evidence that a giant comet impact and associated meteor
    storms could have...

  • 18 peak of the Leonid meteor shower, you'll be watching a similar but considerably less powerful version of events which some scientists say brought down the world's first civilizations

  • Showers of debris wafting through space -- concentrated versions of the dust trails that create the Leonids -- would have blocked the Sun and delivered horrific rains of fire to Earth for years

  • 'There is no scientific reason to doubt that the break-up of a giant comet might result in a shower of cosmic debris, ' Peiser said

    Pagine di Paolo Bussola su astronomia el'osservazione di satelliti artificiali.

  • METEORS A global clearinghouse; the place to share your meteor-shower observations with other interested amateur astronomers

  • Information concerning past and future apparitions of the Leonid shower, which may produce an impressive meteor storm in 1998 or 1999

    meteorobs - Meteor Observing Mailing List
    A forum for meteor observers of all levels. Mailing list, mailing list archives,
    FAQ, how to view...

  • All messages sent to the mailing list are distributed to all its subscribers, and are then stored in an archive accessible on the World Wide Web at: , or more conveniently, organized month-by-month at: You can also use a Web form to : for example, you could view all past articles relating to the suspected 'Xi Bootid' meteor shower by searching for the keyphrase 'xi bootid' in our Web form..

  • You can even sign up to receive 'meteorobs' (indirectly) through this site! Here's another wonderful tool for browsing and searching 'meteorobs', and many other astronomical mail archives, which also covers our posts back to 1997: Want to read about the LEONIDS? Here is an entire page devoted to the subject of meteor showers and meteor storms , and how they relate to one another

  • And in particular, look for our critical list of Web links related to the Leonid meteor shower! If you want to learn still more about the Leonids, we highly recommend the 'NAMN Notes' for November 2002, which contained very complete information about the predictions beforehand, and about how best to observe the Leonids last year: Clear skies! <>


    Meteor Shower: The Aussie Smallville Home
    Episode guide, fan art, news, poll, and link to mailing list.

  • Meteor Showers - The Aussie Smallville Home Search: The Web Angelfire « | » // // This site is a member of WebRing

    Views of the Solar System: Meteoroids and Meteorites
    General information, data, pictures. Also features educator's guides to
    micrometeorites, impact craters...

  • When Earth's orbit intersects a meteor stream, the meteor rate is increased and a meteor shower results

  • A meteor shower typically will be active for several days

  • A particularly intense meteor shower is called a meteor storm

  • Sporadic meteors are believed to have had a gradual loss of orbital coherence with a meteor shower due to collisions and radiative effects, further enhanced by gravitational influences

  • There is still some debate concerning sporadic meteors and their relationship with showers

    The Perseid Meteor Shower
    Information, observation and history. Updated yearly in July.

  • The Perseid Meteor Shower Updated for 2006; Perseids, perseid meteors, perseids, Key Dates: August 11, 2006 and August 12, 2006; meteor; When to Watch; Where to Look in the Sky; Where to Watch From; How to Watch; What to Expect; Perseus | The Perseid Meteors: Nature's Cosmic Fireworks Introduction F or several weeks in early August, Earth will be bombarded by lots of extra-terrestrial debris

  • Indeed, August is the best time to witness the meteor shower called the Perseid

  • (The solar system consists of the Sun, the planets and all the other objects in this region such as comets and asteroids.) Particularly prolific periods for meteors are called meteor showers

  • Each time the Earth passes through such a region during its journey around the Sun, a meteor shower takes place

    AMS Meteor Oberservations
    Automated Meteor Observations at the Astronomical Observatory of the University
    of Ghent.

  • Such a dusty region causes enhanced meteor activity, called a 'meteor shower'

  • Famous meteor showers are the Perseids (in August), the Geminids (in December), etc

  • Knowledge of these meteor showers, together with their intensity and duration, allows one to obtain additional information about the dust distribution in our Solar System

  • Obviously, these hour counts can be used for the detection and investigation of meteor showers

  • On the 3th of January, enhanced activity, due to the presence of the Bootide meteor shower, is clearly visible

    Skywatch - Shooting stars, meteors, meteor showers, auroras ...
    A calendar of events of upcoming aurora, meteor showers, eclipses, planets, and more.

  • This section will let you know of upcoming celestial events, such as meteor showers, lunar and solar eclipses, and much more, which may help you identify an object you see in the sky in or around the day of the events

  • If you have any news articles or information related to upcoming meteor showers, eclipses, etc., please let us know! Send email to, "Director @" Find out &quotWhats Up&quot tonight in your area, by visiting the: Other Useful Links: December 2003 November 2003 October 2003 September 2003 August 2003 June 2003 May 2003 January/February 2003 November 2002 October 2002 September 2002 August 2002 May 2002 Throughout the month: January 2002 Photos of the Aurora from October 2001

    OH5IY Information on meteorscatter and meteor showers
    Introduces the Meteorscatter (Compact MS-Soft and Compact VM-Soft) software to
    new users and provides...

    North American Meteor Network
    An amateur organization covering observation and providing information about
    sporadic and meteor activity.

  • Welcome to the North American Meteor Network homepage - dedicated to coverage of sporadic and meteor shower activity

  • The current issue of news and notes for meteor observers Meteor Observing Target Dates for A Calendar of Meteor Showers NAMN will concentrate on Observing Aids: A program designed to use the IMO predefined star count areas Charts for determining sky conditions and meteor magnitudes Various report forms for submitting observations MEMBER OF: PARTNER WITH: This site was awarded a by the Los Angeles Times with recognition going to the Original material by and

    Astronomy Calendar
    Features different views of the night sky, constellations, stars, planets, and
    other celestial wonders.

  • In general, meteor showers are best viewed after midnight

  • 13 Moon near Pleiades 19 Saturn above Crescent Moon (dawn) 22 Annular Solar Eclipse () 23 Autumnal Equinox (12:03 a.m.) 26 Crescent Moon near Jupiter [click on image for full view] October 9 Moon near Pleiades 16 Saturn below Crescent Moon (dawn) 21 Orioinid Meteor Shower 24 Crescent Moon near Mercury & Jupiter 29 Daylight Saving Time Ends [click on image for full view] November 8 13 Saturn above Moon (dawn) 17-19 Leonid Meteor Shower 25 Best morning appearance of Mercury [click on image for full view] December 4 Moon near Pleiades (M45) 13-14 Geminid Meteor Shower 18 Jupiter, Mars & Moon together (dawn) 21 Winter Solstice (7:22 p.m.) The next lunar eclipse visible from N.J


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