Latest news on what's happening with UKMON meteor network

The Italian New Year's meteorite has been found

A first meteorite for the FRIPON-Vigie-Ciel network! It was found in Italy using cameras of the Italian fireball network PRISMA

By Asma Steinhausser on 06 January 2020

Long duration meteor over the skies of Southern England

In the early hours of the morning of 8th September 2019 at 04:51:33 UTC a meteor streaked through the skies of southern England causing observers to wonder what was afoot.

By Steve Bosley on 09 September 2019

Perseids Meteor Shower 2019

One of the major meteor showers of the year, An eagerly awaited, annual astronomical event, from mid July to the last week of August

By John Young on 01 August 2019

Halley's Comet

After observing the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower recently I was curious to learn more about Halley's Comet. I had not paid it much attention, other than being aware that it existed.

By John Young on 18 May 2019

Eta Aquarids meteor shower 2019

Eta Aquarids are a major annual meteor shower, a debris left after the famous Halley's Comet. The shower started on April 19th and can be observable till May 28th 2019

By John Young on 03 May 2019

UKMON network celebrates 7 years

A small meteor on 6 April 2012 marks the birth of the United Kingdom Meteor Observation Network and a thriving community of astronomers

By Richard Kacerek on 06 April 2019

Sprites Captured by UKMON Meteor Stations on the morning of 5th March 2019

Several UKMON stations have recorded a storm that produced very interesting sprites.

By Steve Bosley on 17 March 2019

Meteor camera comparison

Chris Dakin runs a comparison test between the standard UKMON meteor detection camera setup and the new Sony IMX291 based IP camera running on Raspberry Pi

By Chris Dakin on 12 March 2019

Pi-Based Stratum 1 GPS Time Server

Having a good source of accurate time is vital for meteor observation. Typically, UKMON observation stations will use remote NTP servers accessed via the Internet but this presents a particular challenge for remote sites with no, or poor, internet connectivity.

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 11 February 2019

ARDUINO-based GPS/NTP time server

project describes the construction of an NTP (Network Time Protocol) Stratum-1 Time Server using a GPS source and an Arduino Mega 2560 microcontroller

By Edward Cooper on 05 February 2019

Geminid Meteor Shower 2018

This year has flown by and once again it is Geminids time! One of the highlights of the winter months, the shower is active from the 8th until 17th December. The peak is predicted to occur at around 08:00 GMT on the morning of 14th December

By Mary McIntyre Nee Spicer on 11 December 2018

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018

The Leonid Meteor Shower peak activity is on 17-18 November 2018. Comet 55P/Tempel–Tuttle trail of debris through the Solar System is the cause of this annual meteor shower.

By Richard Kacerek on 11 November 2018

Fourth UKMON Collaboration Meeting, Cardiff

Members of UKMON gathered at the National Museum Wales in Cardiff on 20th October 2018 for its fourth collaboration meeting.

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 26 October 2018

UKMON sets up a camera for The Sky at Night

In July UKMON was delighted to receive a call from The Sky at Night asking if we could help with a broadcast.

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 05 September 2018

UKMON team invites you to join us for the 2018 Perseids meteor shower

UKMON is pleased to announce that is relaunching its ground-breaking UKMON Live service in time for the 2018 Perseids. UKMON team invites you to join us for this spectacular display.

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 04 August 2018

Perseids Meteor Shower 2018

The Perseids Meteor Shower is without doubt one of the highlights of the astronomy calendar. It has a really broad spread of activity, which starts around 23rd July and continues until around 16th August.

By Mary McIntyre Nee Spicer on 25 July 2018

A small sporadic meteor marks a milestone for the William Perkin School

UKMON and the Natural History Museum are helping students at the William Perkin School to set up their Meteor camera

By Peter Campbell-Burns on 23 July 2018

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 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 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 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 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