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Shower, Storm and Leonids Links
The following links will provide you with detailed information on the annual
November meteor shower called the "Leonids", as well as interesting accounts and
scientific details about the exciting Leonid outburst events of 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, and 2002!
If you would like to learn more about past and possible future METEOR STORMS,please see the following Web page:
The above "Meteor Storms" page contains a compilation
of all the critical Web links and resources, compiled
as of mid-October 2002. This page is worth extensive
browsing: try to follow as many of these links as you
can, if you wish complete information on the Leonids!
To learn more about the reliable annual events called "meteor showers",
including the major one each November known as the Leonids, see:
Here is a set of other sites providing much more detail about the
theory of meteor storms, the realistic prospects for seeing an outburst from
the Leonids, and how to watch for such an outburst should it occur!
http://www.imo.net/news/leohints.html (Mirror is here.)
http://www.imo.net/leo02/ (Mirror is here.)
A great starting point for learning more about meteors in
general is Gary Kronk's "Comets and Meteor Showers" Page at:
You can also quickly learn more about meteors by chatting with meteor
observers! If you have access to Internet Relay Chat or "IRC", you
can access the channel "#namn" on server "irc.dal.net" at these times:
EASTERN TIME: UNIVERSAL (GREENWICH MEAN) TIME:
Every Monday, 8:00pm Every Tuesday, 1:00am (12:00am in Summer!)
Every Saturday, 11:00am Every Saturday, 4:00pm (3:00pm in Summer!)
Why not download an IRC client for your own PC or Mac!
Anomalous Meteor Phenomena - Philip M. Bagnall
Mr. Bagnall's wonderful summary of the more intriguing
meteor phenomena occasionally reported by even the most
experienced observers, looked as it had disappeared from
the Internet - but I have attempted to rescue it at least
temporarily, in this mirror on meteorobs.org...
I have also rescued Mr. Bagnall's slightly outdated, but
still highly readable Meteor Observer's Calendar:
Finally, a link to his Meteorite pages are preserved
in the Meteorites section of this Links page (below).
Here are contacts for people interested in OBSERVING meteors:
The North American Meteor Network:
Contacts: NAMN Staff <email@example.com>
Mark Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Lew Gramer <email@example.com>
International Meteor Organization:
Contacts: Robert Lunsford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rainer Arlt <email@example.com>
Sirko Molau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
IMO has authoritative introductory materials for visual observers:
http://www.imo.net/visual (Mirror is here.)
Note that IMO's Web site has a mirror as well, if the above is unavailable:
The American Meteor Society:
Contacts: Robert Lunsford <email@example.com>
Jim Richardson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dr. David Meisel, SUNY Geneseo, New York
Visual observers in particular can browse two introductory pages:
Introduction to Visual Meteor Observing
Suggestions for Visual Meteor Observations
The Dutch Meteor Society:
Contacts: Hans Betlem general info <email@example.com>
Olga van Mil - visual <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Marc de Lignie - video <email@example.com>
Of particular interest are both their visual and video
observation pages to be found via links on the main page
above. (NOTE: Be careful with this site if you are using
an older Web Browser! It can crash Netscape 3 for example.)
Slovenian Astronomical Society Orion:
Contacts: Javor K and Jure A and Jure Z <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is an extremely active young group of meteor (and
other) observers in Slovenia. Astronomsko Drustvo Orion
were the sponsors of the 2001 IMC [International Meteor
Conference], and are also very active in meteor outreach
and education, sponsoring annual meteor observing camps
for young people and new observers.
Physics Association of the University of Aveiro:
Contacts: Paulo Heleno <email@example.com>
For Portuguese speakers, this site maintained by the
FISUA (Associac„o de Fisica da Universidade de Aveiro)
covers all the basics of meteor science and observing.
The FISUA also have a Portuguese language mailing list
called "Lusometeoros". Subscribe via the Web at:
Ankara Universitesi Astronomi Arastirma Toplulugu:
Contacts: H. Tugca Sener <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For observers in Turkey, there is an amateur meteor
observing group which is called ASART. They are a
group of students, active in both radio and visual
meteor observing, based at Anakara University.
Other Astronomy Links
The 'meteorobs' list is intended exclusively for the
discussion of meteors and closely related topics. There
are several other mailing lists on the Net devoted to
topics of potential interest to meteor enthusiasts.
Also, if you are a person who just wants to "enjoy the
shooting star show" with friends and family on a dark,
clear night, there are some links below for you!
- MeteorShowers - Announcement List for MAJOR Meteor Shower events
This great email list is run by a 'meteorobs' reader,
but unlike our list it's VERY LOW VOLUME. (Only a few
emails per year!) Anyone who just wishes to
receive a short "announcement" email telling them when
a particularly rich meteor shower peak is about to
occur, should subscribe to MeteorShowers. (Note that
MeteorShowers is not a discussion list: only
the administrator of the list may post to it!)
- Spaceweather.com - News about meteor showers, aurorae, etc.
This is a wonderfully informative site, always kept
up to date with the latest exciting activity in our
near-earth environment! If you prefer to receive a
few "alert" emails each month, about meteor showers
aurorae (northern/southern lights), and similar fun
events, Spaceweather also runs a public email list!
- NASA Science News - Latest NASA research for the public
Dr. Tony Phillips of NASA runs this wonderful site,
which is updated daily with features and news items
related to the very latest NASA Research. Tony has
a particular interest in meteor showers, and getting
the public involved in observing them. If you prefer
to receive a few "alert" emails each month, the NASA
Science News site also provides a public email list!
- VIDEOASTRO - Video Astrophotography forum & resource
Little mention of meteors(!) on this video astronomy
forum, but discussions range over "video imaging with
telescopes/wide field lenses, video cameras/recording
equipment, image digitizing/processing, telescopes and
lenses, solar, lunar and planetary astronomy"...
- ASTRO - General Astronomy & Astrophysics Mailing List
- Dr. Paul Rybsky, administrator
If you have ANY sort of general astronomy question,
whether about which eyepiece to buy for your refractor
or about how time distorts near black holes, the
ASTRO list is for you! One warning though for new
subscribers: thanks to it's non-specific nature, ASTRO
is often extremely busy...
- ShallowSky - Lunar and Planetary Observing Mailing List
Devoted to the amateur observation, study, and discussion
of all the planets and moons in our solar system.
- netastrocatalog - Amateur Deep-Sky Observing Mailing List
Devoted to amateur "Deep Sky" observing: nebulae, star clusters,
variable and multiple stars, and galaxies are all objects
of interest on this list. Mainly focused on observing
these objects however: questions of a more theoretical
nature about them are usually better answered on ASTRO
or the 'sci.astro.amateur' NewsGroup...
- MPList - The Minor Planets Mailing List
Devoted to amateur scientific discussions about the
observation, study, and science of comets and asteroids.
Please note that discussion on meteorobs will
sometimes touch on comets and/or asteroids as well,
as these objects are the parent bodies of meteoroid
streams (and so of meteor showers)!
- cometforum - The Comet Observers' Forum
Portuguese comet observer Alfredo Pereira's wonderful
Web site is devoted loosely to amateur observation of
comets, though there is also useful information at
this site for Eclipse chasers, meteor shower watchers,
and other observers of 'ephemeral' astronomical events.
- meteorite-list - Meteorite Mailing List
Devoted to discussing hunts for, identification of,
scientific studies in and general topics surrounding
meteorites. These are the bodies which impact
earth after some bright meteor events, so there may be
cross-talk between meteorite-list and meteorobs.
You will also find an extensive list of links to other
meteorite-related resources at the same site:
- meteorite - Meteorite and Tektike Mailing List
An alternative to 'meteoritecentral.com', but also with
definite commercial focus. There may sometimes be cross
postings between the meteorite forums and the meteorobs
mailing list and this Web site.
- The Meteoritical Society - Web site and printed publication
Not an Internet forum, but "An international non-profit
organization devoted to the study of: extraterrestrial
materials and history, including asteroids, impact
craters, interplanetary dust, lunar samples, meteors,
meteorites, tektites, and the origin of the solar system."
- The Meteorite Market - commercial meteorite site
Though this site is commercial (they offer meteorites
for sale), their Web site is entitled "A place to buy
meteorites ... or just learn about them". And they do
provide lots of information and links about meteorites:
classification, recognition, formation, cratering, etc.
- Meteors and Meteorites - Philip M. Bagnall
Mr. Bagnall's gracious prose and interesting statistics
had disappeared from the Internet - but they're at least
temporarily rescued in this mirror on meteorobs.org...
- SeeSat - Satellite Observation Mailing List
Devoted to observation, identification, and discussion
of artifical Earth satellites. Since these bodies are
frequently observed by meteor watchers during recording
sessions, there is occasional cross-posting between
seesat and meteorobs.
- SARA - Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers Mailing List
Society dedicated to all aspects of amateur radio
astronomy, including radio meteor research. SARA
maintains an automated maillist which may be joined
by sending "subscribe sara" to the SARA MajorDomo Server.
- ARA - Amateur Radio Astronomers' Chat Room
An alternative group to SARA. Their mailing list
has folded, however they do maintain a
Radio Astronomy Webchat Room.
Topics discussed may include radio meteors...
- MeteOptic - Meteorological Phenomena Mailing List
Devoted to discussions of solar and lunar halos, arcs,
rainbows, and other related phenomena. Also frequently
discusses Noctilucent Clouds and other topics more
closely related to meteor observing and science.
- HALO - Atmospheric Halos (informational website)
A source of authoritative information on the Web, by
one of the most prominent halo scientists and authors,
Les Cowley. If you have a question about halos, you'll
either find an answer, or the right person to ask here!
- CCNet - the Cambridge Conference Mailing List
All serious topics related to Near Earth Objects (NEOs),
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), historical Earth
impacts, or any similar studies are most appropriately
addressed on this CCNet mailing list.
- Dark-Sky - Light-Pollution Issues Mailing List
To subscribe, place the words "subscribe drksky-list"
alone in the body of an email to "email@example.com".
- Astronomy Expert (UK) - general astronomy site
AstronomyExpert was formed to offer a unique reference point
on astronomy. The site "provides extensive information about
celestial phenomena [...] outside Earth's atmosphere".
- IMO-NEWS - Official Maillist of International Meteor Organization
- http://www.imo.net (Mirror is here)
For members of IMO and associated scientists. Posts
to this list are very strictly limited to immediate
need, and to serious meteoric topics.
- Or browse and search listings at these "List of Lists" sites: