Announcements

Huge Fireball caught on Video over Maine (USA)

The IMO and the American Meteor Society have received more than 330 reports so far about a fireball event over Northeastern US on May 17th 2016 around 12:50am EDT (4:50 UT). The fireball was seen primarily from Maine but witnesses from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Québec (Canada) also reported the event.

The fireball has been caught by the webcam of the Portsmouth harbour:

IMO #1750-2016IMO Event #1750-2016 - Ground trajectory and Witnesses location

More info (photos, videos and maps) about this fireball can be found on the American Meteor Society website.

WGN 44:2 out now

WGN 44-2

The April 2016 issue of the IMO Journal is now in print. It will be mailed shortly and subscribers can also immediately access the journal in PDF format. The contents this month:

  • About the definition of meteoroid, asteroid, and related terms (J. Borovička)
  • Letter — The CMN catalogue of orbits for 2013 (Croatian Meteor Network)
  • A surprise southern hemisphere meteor shower on New-Year’s Eve 2015: the Volantids (IAU#758, VOL) (P. Jenniskens, J. Baggaley, I. Crumpton, P. Aldous, P.S. Gural, D. Samuels, J. Albers, R. Soja)
  • Observation error propagation on video meteor orbit determination (SonotaCo)
  • Results of the IMO Video Meteor Network — November 2015 (S. Molau, S. Crivello, R. Goncalves, C. Saraiva, E. Stomeo, J. Kac)
  • Results of the IMO Video Meteor Network — December 2015 (S. Molau, S. Crivello, R. Goncalves, C. Saraiva, E. Stomeo, J. Kac)

Front cover image: New Year's Eve meteor shower. Illustration: Danielle Futselaar/SETI Institute.


Bright Fireball over South of the Netherlands on March, 25th 2016

The International Meteor Organization received over 50 reports so far about a fireball event over the Netherlands on March 25th 2016 around 23:00 GMT. The fireball was seen primarily from Belgium and from the Netherlands but witnesses from France, Luxembourg and the UK also reported the event.

If you saw this fireball, please report it here.

Below is the ground trajectory of the fireball’s entry plotted by the IMO using data from the witness sightings. This map shows also the location of the witnesses.

IMO #1157-2016IMO Event #1157-2016 - Ground trajectory and Witnesses location
This event has been caught on tape by Klaas Jobse from Oostkapelle (the Netherlands):
The fireball has also been captured by the French Network FRIPON (Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation Network) from Lille, Arras et Cappelle la Grande (North of France).
IMO#1157-2016 IMO Event #1157-2016 - Image by FRIPON

Very large fireball over UK

The International Meteor Organization received over 45 reports so far about a fireball event over UK (England) on Thursday, March 17th 2016 around 3:16 GMT. The fireball was seen primarily from England but witnesses from France and the Netherlands also reported the event. We expect more reports today.

If you witnessed this event please fill an official fireball report.

Below is the map of the first witnesses location and the first estimation of the ground trajectory:
Below is a video of the event caught from London by a Twitter user.
Below is a video of the event. It was recorded by out Church Crookham station (https://www.ukmeteornetwork.co.uk/2016/03/huge-fireball-17-march-2016-at...)

WGN 44:1 out now

WGN 44-1

The February 2016 issue of the IMO Journal is now in print. It will be mailed shortly and subscribers can also immediately access the journal in PDF format. The contents this month:

  • Janus (C. Verbeeck)
  • Erratum: Observation of April alpha Capricornids (IAU#752 AAC)
  • Erratum: χ Cygnids observation in Japan
  • Erratum: Results of the IMO Video Meteor Network — August 2015
  • Confirmation of the χ Cygnids (CCY, IAU#757) (J. Koukal, J. Srba, J. Tóth)
  • CAMS detection of P-R evolved cm-sized meteoroids (P. Jenniskens)
  • STRATO 02/2015 – The Perseids 2015 stratospheric balloon mission (J. Koukal,, J. Srba, L. Lenža, J. Kapuš, J. Erdziak, R. Slošiar)
  • R suite for the Reduction and Analysis of UFO Orbit Data (P. Campbell-Burns, R. Kacerek)
  • Results of the IMO Video Meteor Network — September 2015 (S. Molau, S. Crivello, R. Goncalves, C. Saraiva, E. Stomeo, J. Kac)
  • Results of the IMO Video Meteor Network — October 2015 (S. Molau, S. Crivello, R. Goncalves, C. Saraiva, E. Stomeo, J. Kac)

Front cover image: Fireball on 2015 March 11 from Benningbroek, The Netherlands. Image courtesy: Jos Nijland.

WGN 43:6 out now

WGN 43-6

The December 2015 issue of the IMO Journal is now in print. It will be mailed shortly and subscribers can also immediately access the journal in PDF format. The contents this month:

  • From the Treasurer — IMO Membership/WGN Subscription Renewal for 2016 (M. Gyssens)
  • Solar Longitudes for 2016 (R. Arlt)
  • International Meteor Conference 2015 report (D. Pavela)
  • Details of the Proceedings of the International Meteor Conference, Mistelbach, Austria, 27–30 August 2015 (P. Roggemans, J.-L. Rault)
  • Minor kappa-Cepheid (751 KCE) activity on 2015 September 21 (J. Rendtel)
  • χ Cygnids observation in Japan (Y. Shiba)
  • Results of the IMO Video Meteor Network — July 2015 (S. Molau, J. Kac, S. Crivello, E. Stomeo, G. Barentsen, R. Goncalves, C. Saraiva, M. Maciewski, M. Maslov)
  • Results of the IMO Video Meteor Network — August 2015 (S. Molau, S. Crivello, R. Goncalves, C. Saraiva, E. Stomeo, J. Kac)

Front cover image: Green and blue persistent train from a Perseid on 2013 August 13 from Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation. Image courtesy: Vladimir Usanin.