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An Internet forum for meteor observers of all levels
What is 'meteorobs'?
Email list 'meteorobs', and this Web site, are dedicated to
discussions relating to meteor astronomy and observing. The
'meteorobs' list is an open forum for amateur astronomers at
all levels (and the professionals whose research they provide
data to) to share their knowledge, interest, and observations
of meteors. ("Meteor" is a scientific name for falling star,
the bursts of light which are produced when a dust particle,
also called a "meteoroid", enters the earth's atmosphere.)
If you have just seen a very bright light in the sky which you
suspect is a "fireball" (i.e., bright meteor), please report it!
Such sightings are of great interest to the scientific community, and
your report may help locate a meteorite! See our "Frequently Asked
Questions" page for more information on Reporting Fireballs.
If you would like to find out how YOU can see a "Shooting Star
Show" in your area, please take the time to review in detail our
pages on How to View Meteor Showers.
If you are interested in subscribing to the 'meteorobs' mailing list, you may
use the MeteorObs Subscription Web form now!
Otherwise, you may post a (moderated)
message to the list even if you are not a subscriber.
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: http://www.meteorobs.org/maillist/maillist.html, or more conveniently, organized
month-by-month at: http://www.meteorobs.org/maillist/maillist-months.html
You can also use a Web form to search the Web
archive by keyword: 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...
"Yahoo!" also maintains a searchable and browsable archive of 'meteorobs',
which covers all posts since January 1997. 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 North American Meteor
Network's "NAMN Notes" for November 2002, which contained very
complete information about the predictions beforehand, and about how
best to observe the Leonids last year: