UKMON News

Latest news on what's happening with UKMON meteor network


The Lyrids Meteor Shower 2018

The spring months can be a quiet time for meteor spotters, but we do have one worthwhile shower in April and that is The Lyrids

By Mary McIntyre Nee Spicer on 16 April 2018


Geminid Meteor Shower 2017

The Geminids meteor shower is one of the highlights of the astronomy calendar, despite the cold temperatures in December. The shower is active from the 8th until 17th December

By Mary McIntyre Nee Spicer on 05 December 2017


Full report on a fireball night 24-25 November 2017

24-25 November 2017 was a special night we saw two major fireball events, reported by a large number of public

By Jakub Koukal and Richard Kacerek on 03 December 2017


UKMON Collaboration Meeting, Natural History Museum, November 2017

Members of UKMON gathered at London’s famous Natural History Museum on 18th November for its third collaboration meeting

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 01 December 2017


UKMON expands

With addition of 4 new cameras UKMON meteor detection network expands even further

By Richard Kacerek on 23 November 2017


Perseids 2017 from Wilcot

Perseid meteor shower 2017 as seen from our Wilcot camera.

By Richard Kacerek, Richard Fleet on 15 August 2017


Get ready for the 2017 Perseids

The Perseids is perhaps the most well-known of all the meteor showers

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 28 July 2017


Top 5 meteor showers by UKMON

UK Meteor Observation network has been collecting data for more than five years and gathered a good amount of data for numerous meteor showers.

By Richard Kacerek on 20 July 2017


UKMON Meteor Archive June 2017 update

Data archive update now brings UKMON total to 127,419 single meteors and 67,368 orbits

By Richard Kacerek on 08 June 2017


KDM-6101G Camera Review

KDM-6101G camera uses tried and tested Sony Effio 1/3” chip and is a worthy replacement of older types

By Richard Kacerek & Peter Campbell-Burns on 29 May 2017


Sprites Galore

Friday 27th May 2017 a large storm rapidly formed over Devon and Cornwall. Wilcot camera detected a record 23 sprites in a single night

By Richard Fleet on 28 May 2017


Possible Tau Herculids activity, 30 June

This year radiant is most favourable for observers in South and Eastern Africa, the Middle East, and most of Asia, but we will be looking out regardless

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 28 May 2017


Eta Aquariids shower is now active

The Eta Aquariids is currently active (April 19th to May 26th) but rates will be very low until the week surrounding the night or maximum activity (5th May)

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 28 April 2017


First Fripon camera in the UK

French Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation Network reaches UK and UKMON joins the effort

By Jim Rowe on 17 April 2017


Get ready for 2017 Lyrid meteor shower

Annual Lyrid meteor shower is active from 16 to 25 April 2017 with the peak time on the morning of 22 April. With no interference by the Moon we should be able to see around 20 meteors per hour.

By Richard Kacerek on 07 April 2017


UKMON celebrates 5 years!

The UK Meteor Observation Network is celebrating 5 year anniversary since it recorded the first meteor

By Richard Kacerek & Peter Campbell-Burns on 06 April 2017


First look at 2017 Quadrantids

UK Meteor Observation network recorded 337 Quadrantid meteors during 2017 peak.

By Richard Kacerek on 03 April 2017


Stream Identification, Orbit Dissimilarity and D-Criterion

One of most basic things we look to discover when we record a meteor is whether it is a stream meteor, and if so, which stream

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 28 March 2017


UKMON Launches New Website

UKMON is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. Radically different and very exciting website is now server-less on Amazon Web Services architecture

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 23 March 2017


William Perkin School joins UKMON

UKMON is working with the William Perkin School to encourage the next generation of meteor observers

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 11 November 2016


UKMON Summary, July 2016 by Steve Bosley

Steve Bosley prepared mid-2016 report of UKMON activity and interesting events captured by the network

By Steve Bosley on 15 July 2016


Composite images of 2015 Perseid meteor shower

By Richard Kacerek on 14 October 2015


Chi Cygnids

New meteor shower Chi Cygnids has been announced, given IAU number 757

By Chris Curtis on 20 September 2015


3 Sprites on 12 August 2015

On 12 August 2015 Perseid Meteor shower was about to peak and across the channel a storm was brewing

By Richard Kacerek on 15 August 2015


Interesting fireballs in EDMOND database in 2014 – part 2

Let’s take a peek at some more interesting bolides from the EDMOND network database

By Jakub Koukal on 02 March 2015


Interesting fireballs in EDMOND database in 2014 – part 1

With the continued growth of meteor detection networks across Europe and increased coverage of the sky many more bright fireballs or even “bolides” are being recorded

By Jakub Koukal on 21 January 2015