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Professional Tips for Taking Better Meteor Photos
03 August 2021

Professional Tips for Taking Better Meteor Photos

Mary McIntyre talks you through some professional tips to help you take better meteor photographs, and best of all, you don't need a high-end camera to do it.

By Mary McIntyre Nee Spicer FRAS
2021 Perseid meteor shower
03 August 2021

2021 Perseid meteor shower

The debris stream from Swift-Tuttle is quite widely dispersed so the Perseid Meteor Shower is active from 17th July until 24th August, with the peak occurring overnight on 12th / 13th August.

By Mary McIntyre Nee Spicer FRAS
How to increase your chances seeing more Perseid meteors
28 July 2021

How to increase your chances seeing more Perseid meteors

August gives us the opportunity to witness another spectacle in the night skies, not a comet this time, but a meteor shower, in this instance, the Perseid Meteor Shower, which begins in late July but peaks on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August.

By John Maclean FRAS
Rare carbonaceous chondrite meteorite recovered
08 March 2021

Rare carbonaceous chondrite meteorite recovered

Fragments of the fireball that streaked across our skies on 28 February 2021 have been found. Confirmed by NHM as carbonaceous chondrite type meteorite.

By Peter Campbell-Burns
Fireball meteor 28 FEB 2021 at 9:54 pm
01 March 2021

Fireball meteor 28 FEB 2021 at 9:54 pm

Slow moving fireball spotted across the UK on 28 FEB 2021 at 9:54 pm

By Richard Kacerek
The Italian New Year's meteorite has been found
06 January 2020

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
Long duration meteor over the skies of Southern England
09 September 2019

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
Perseids Meteor Shower 2019
01 August 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
Halley's Comet
18 May 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
Eta Aquarids meteor shower 2019
03 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
UKMON network celebrates 7 years
06 April 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
Sprites Captured by UKMON Meteor Stations on the morning of 5th March 2019
17 March 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
Meteor camera comparison
12 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
Pi-Based Stratum 1 GPS Time Server
11 February 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
ARDUINO-based GPS/NTP time server
05 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
Geminid Meteor Shower 2018
11 December 2018

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 FRAS
Leonid Meteor Shower 2018
11 November 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
Fourth UKMON Collaboration Meeting, Cardiff
26 October 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
UKMON sets up a camera for The Sky at Night
05 September 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
UKMON team invites you to join us for the 2018 Perseids meteor shower
04 August 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
Perseids Meteor Shower 2018
25 July 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 FRAS
A small sporadic meteor marks a milestone for the William Perkin School
23 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
The Lyrids Meteor Shower 2018
16 April 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 FRAS
Geminid Meteor Shower 2017
05 December 2017

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 FRAS
Full report on a fireball night 24-25 November 2017
03 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
UKMON Collaboration Meeting, Natural History Museum, November 2017
01 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
UKMON expands
23 November 2017

UKMON expands

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

By Richard Kacerek
Perseids 2017 from Wilcot
15 August 2017

Perseids 2017 from Wilcot

Perseid meteor shower 2017 as seen from our Wilcot camera.

By Richard Fleet
Get ready for the 2017 Perseids
28 July 2017

Get ready for the 2017 Perseids

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

By Peter Campbell-Burns
Top 5 meteor showers by UKMON
20 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
UKMON Meteor Archive June 2017 update
08 June 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
KDM-6101G Camera Review
29 May 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 Peter Campbell-Burns
Sprites Galore
28 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
Possible Tau Herculids activity, 30 June
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
Eta Aquariids shower is now active
28 April 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
First Fripon camera in the UK
17 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
Get ready for 2017 Lyrid meteor shower
07 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
UKMON celebrates 5 years!
06 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
First look at 2017 Quadrantids
03 April 2017

First look at 2017 Quadrantids

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

By Richard Kacerek
Stream Identification, Orbit Dissimilarity and D-Criterion
28 March 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
UKMON Launches New Website
23 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
William Perkin School joins UKMON
11 November 2016

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
UKMON Summary, July 2016 by Steve Bosley
15 July 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
Composite images of 2015 Perseid meteor shower
14 October 2015

Composite images of 2015 Perseid meteor shower

By Richard Kacerek
Chi Cygnids
20 September 2015

Chi Cygnids

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

By Chris Curtis
3 Sprites on 12 August 2015
15 August 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
Interesting fireballs in EDMOND database in 2014 – part 2
02 March 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
Interesting fireballs in EDMOND database in 2014 – part 1
21 January 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
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