Meteor Showers

More Camelopardalids: Persistent Trains and that Satellite Fuel Dump Cloud

by Nancy Atkinson May 27, 2014

The first ever Camelopardalids Meteor Shower ended up being more of a drizzle than a shower, said astrophotographer John Chumack. “The new shower had very few meteors per hour, I estimated about 8 to 12 per hour, most were faint, but it did produce a few bright ones, as seen captured by my Meteor Video […]

Read the full article →

Astrophotos: Views of the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

by Nancy Atkinson July 30, 2013

Did those of you in the northern hemisphere have a chance to look for the Delta Aquarid meteors? Ever-faithful astronomer and astrophotographer John Chumack captured this view overnight from his observatory near Dayton, Ohio. Can you see the two meteors in this frame? Below is another shot from John taken on July 29 using his […]

1 comment Read the full article →

Watch for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Weekend

by David Dickinson July 26, 2013

The meteor shower drought ends this weekend. The northern summer hemisphere meteor season is almost upon us. In a few weeks’ time, the Perseids — the “Old Faithful” of meteor showers — will be gracing night skies worldwide. But the Perseids have an “opening act”- a meteor shower optimized for southern hemisphere skies known as […]

Read the full article →

Observing Alert: Rare Meteor Shower May ‘Outburst’ on June 11

by Bob King June 10, 2013

Back on June 11, 1930 three members of the American Meteor Society (AMS) in Maryland saw a half-hour-long bright outburst of meteors from the little constellation Delphinus the Dolphin. No one had predicted the shower, but it came out of nowhere and hasn’t been seen since. Attempts to catch a repeat performance in subsequent years met with […]

1 comment Read the full article →

June Arietids – The Invisible Meteor Shower You Just Might See

by Bob King June 6, 2013

I’ve never seen an Arietid meteor and chances are you haven’t either. Peaking on June 7-8, the Arietid (AIR-ee-uh-tid) meteor shower is one of the strongest of the year with a maximum rate of 50-80 per hour. But there’s a rub. The shower radiant, the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to radiate, is […]

Read the full article →