I have been waiting for the moon to pass its last quarter phase so I can catch some of the mid-July activity. Unfortunately our area has been plagued by clouds so I had to wait until this morning to finally get a peak at the meteor activity. The sky was mediocre and very hazy, especially in the west toward San Diego. I decided to face southward to catch some of the early activity in that part of
Dear meteor observers,

I was having a look at the 2017 IMO Meteor Shower Calendar, and especially looking for activity prospects for the 2017 Perseids maximum, and I read that the forecast ZHR for the Perseid activity peak was 150...
As I do not think any activity enhancement is predicted, I wa sthus wondering why the predicted maximum ZHR was so high for 2017. Does anyone have an explanat
recent by Robert Lunsford (admin)  ·  3 days ago at 6:30 am
A fireball with 32 reports in the Fireball Database dropped a meteorite in Broek in Waterland, close to Amsterdam.

Here the event information: http://fireballs.imo.net/imo_view/event/2017/132

And the information about the meteorite recovery can be found here: http://karmaka.de/?p=12971

I find it nice to compare the visual reports and the final recovery place. Enjoy!

recent by Karl Antier (admin)  ·  3 days ago at 6:13 pm
A new forecast for possible activity in 2019 can be found here:

In short, a small outburst with ZHR up to 10 could be produced by 1939 trail at 7:44 UT on 24 May 2019, and a secondary outburst with ZHR up to 5 due to 1994-2009 trails is possible around 11 UT on 24 May 2019.

recent by Karl Antier (admin)  ·  3 days ago at 6:12 pm
Bill Ward posted Jun 6 at 10:37 am
Is there anyone going to the IMC that would be willing to do a workshop on how to generate the 3D maps showing meteor trails over the ground.
Not being an expert my own attempts have not worked.
I'd really like to see how it's done properly and I'm sure there would be plenty of other people interested too!

PS. I tried to create this topic in the IMO/IMC secti
recent by Derek Robson  ·  Jul 16 at 10:32 pm
imo_admin posted Jun 23 at 2:21 pm
In case you missed it, everything is here: http://imc2017.imo.net/

I went out to my porch around 12:45 am for a smoke, Looked up to admire the sky, I witnessed 4 shooting stars before i could even finish my ciggarette , takes only 10 to 13 minutes to smoke. By chance i saw 4 shooting stars ( meteors ) within 13 minutes . On this the 31 of May 2017 in Prescott, AZ, looking to the south west .

recent by Robert Lunsford (admin)  ·  Jun 2 at 12:01 am
Mikhail Maslov posted Jan 8 at 3:27 pm
Hello all,

We are aware of potentially strong tau-Herculid shower in 2022. However my modelling shows that there are some chances for activity in 2017 on May 30 at 17:24 UT.
I suggest that if any activity appears, it should very low, perhaps, at the level of separate meteors, but their brightness is expected to be high, so even 1-2 such meteors could make a lot of fun. Details are here:
recent by Robert Lunsford (admin)  ·  Jun 1 at 11:56 pm
Morteza Ghodrati Khakestar posted May 31 at 11:28 pm
This is probably about this link:
That was a abscure shower near the herculids. I see four shooting stars that emanated from herculids. Quchan, Mashhad, Khorasan-razavi province, Iran. May 30,2017. At 21:30 to 23:45 local time.

recent by Robert Lunsford (admin)  ·  Jun 1 at 11:53 pm
I managed to view the Lyrid maximum for 2 hours from my new house located 20 miles east of San Diego. This was the first meteor observation from my new vantage point and I have found that it gives me an increase of at least 1 full magnitude right out the front door! Anyway, I faced toward the NE at an elevation of 60 degrees between the hours of 2:15 PDT to 4:15 PDT (9:15-11:15 UT). I counted 29
recent by Karl Antier (admin)  ·  May 14 at 9:38 pm
I was off work Monday morning so I thought I would take advantage of the clear skies and view some meteor activity. Despite the good sky I was a bit disappointed in the rates as I only counted 11 meteors during the 2 hour session. 9 of these meteors were sporadic, 1 Anthelion, and only 1 eta Aquariid were seen. I was especially disappointed in the ETA rates as I thought for sure that they would b
Ben Dawson posted Dec 24 '16 at 12:03 am
From looking at fireball reports and the IMO calendar, it seems that the overwhelming majority of meteor observers are northern hemisphere based.
Is there anyone else south of the equator on here?

recent by Ben Dawson  ·  Mar 26 at 10:14 pm
Hi all,

As a lifetime amateur astronomer I have always been fascinated by meteor showers. I've never being a serious meteor observer, but meteors always attracted me with their natural beauty.

I found it very frustrating by the fact the only tool to estimate showers activity, the Fluxtimator is so clunky and hard to use. It sure was really cool in 1999, but today is 2017 and our expectati
recent by Robert Lunsford (admin)  ·  Mar 19 at 10:59 pm
John Drummond posted Feb 5 at 2:00 am
Hi. I just joined the IMO today. I have been sporadically observing meteors for ~40 years (visual). I'm wondering if the old observations are useful to the IMO and whether I should add them as visual observations. I have records since the late 1990s - about 50 observations (I have yet to find my old observing records book - too many house moves). Historically I sent them to the NAMN. Your thought
recent by Karl Antier (admin)  ·  Mar 12 at 10:21 am
This year RAMBo has recorded a strong Ursidi activity.
In the attached graphics you can see that the maximun has begun at 270,800 of solar longitude.
The first graphic shows the mass behaviour, the second one (red) shows the Hourly Rate.
More informations on our web site

Lorenzo Barbieri

recent by Michel Vandeputte  ·  Feb 23 at 7:40 am
Both the North American Meteor Network (NAMN) website and meteorobs mailing list have been offline for the past couple months. Efforts to resolve server issues for the NAMN site were not successful. It appears now that our domain has been hacked and may be potentially unsafe to visit. Therefore, I have decided to end the online NAMN presence. You should refrain from visiting the site, and remove
recent by Mark Davis  ·  Feb 16 at 1:00 am
Dear meteor observers,

I just realized, while reading the 2017 IMO Meteor Shower Calendar, that Mikhail Maslov made some predictions about a potential meteoric activity linked to 249P/LINEAR, with potential activity on April 20th, 2017, around 16h 33min UT. Meteoric activity would be associated to small meteoroids, so meteors may be faint, or only radio detectable.
Does anyone (Mikhail, or
recent by Karl Antier (admin)  ·  Jan 26 at 3:37 pm
Ben Dawson posted Dec 23 '16 at 11:24 pm
When observing minor showers for the first time, is it worth trying to do an association with a known shower, or leave the shower column blank and just fill in the magnitude distribution and number seen columns?
The IMO guide seems to suggest that this is the way to go.

recent by Ben Dawson  ·  Dec 27 '16 at 11:34 pm
Michel Vandeputte posted Dec 19 '16 at 9:04 am
I observed the Geminids from my home town during the night Dec 13-14. Skies cleared up from the south around 0.30 UT. I went to my observing site up in the local hills and watched the shower for 5.25 hours Teff between 01.05 - 06.20 UT. Despite the presence of a full moon, meteor rates were pretty great with hourly visual counts of 44 - 57 - 45 - 44 and 30 Geminids (Lm 4.9 up to 5.1). At the end
Dear meteor/Geminids observers,

Here is an interesting view of the Geminids (thanks Tioga for the forward), as we could observe them from the stratosphere! Interesting to see how a meteor behave in real time, from a different point of view. Must be much harder to associate meteors to a defined radiant from there ;-)

Don't forget to
Recorded over Copenhagen, Danish: København
Meteor seen in the sky for 10 seconds.

Read more at https://xissufotoday.space/2016/11/a-bright-fireball-in-the-sky-over-denmark-november-28-2016.html

People from all over the country have reported seeing a fireball streak through the sky at about 18:25.

On December 11th 2016 evening, the Spanish sky was lit up at 22:25 local time (21:25 UT) thanks to a very bright fireball which magnitude was below that of the full moon (magnitude estimated to -15±2)

Read more at https://xissufotoday.space/2016/12/new-video-meteor-fireball-from-observatory-ridge-in-spain.html

The event was recorded by several fireball and meteor observing stations
december 13 evening in Switzerland
was doing live streaming
caught at least one fireball
go to timeline 1:15:51 in this video


many more meteors here and there, just no time yet to look it all up ( 3h of stream recorded )

camera used Sony A7s and lens Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 , pretty good combo for lowlight. Exposure/ISO/shutterspeed set on pur
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