Meteor Watches

The meteor special interest group is primarily interested in observing meteor showers. The Meteor Showers page under Research has general information on the various meteor showers and links to other information and resources. See the What's Up page for any WCAC scheduled meteor watches.

 Family Astronomy: April Lyrids Meteor Shower Star Party - 8:30 p.m., Sat., April 21, 2012
Join us at The Wilderness Center Astronomy Education Building. This is the evening of The Wilderness Centers Earth Day event. More information can be found at the links below: (close the new window to return)

Family Astronomy: Aurigid Meteor Watch Sat., Sept. 1, 8:30 p.m. (2007)

The Aurigid Meteor Shower was a nice evening to pull up a blanket, lawn chair and be with friends and family. Although the peak was later in the night, the 30 or so in attendance  did see a stray or two every now and then. Thanks to Joann for bringing refreshments and all those who volunteered in the observatory, parking lot and on the sundial.

Family Astronomy: Perseid Meteor Watch Sat., Aug. 11, 9:30 p.m. (2007)
The Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most active meteor showers of the year, with an estimated predicted fall of 40-80 meteors an hour! Unlike last year, the Moon didn't  interfere with viewing. We started at dark, but the viewing was best after midnight. About 40 people brought a comfortable lawn chair and/or blankets for the evening chill. Thanks to Joann for bringing refreshments and all those who volunteered in the observatory, parking lot and on the sundial.

Perseid meteor watch Friday, August 11, 2006.

We had over 50 guests and observed from The Wilderness Center's parking lot and observatory. Thanks to Joann Ballbach for coordinating and to Rick and Norma Breehl, Bill Castro, Brian Gray, Fred Grosse, Denny Hann, Gene Rickenbrode, Dave Ross, Ken Schneller, Barb Vaughn, John Waechter and John Weiss for helping.

If you are a club member and would like to get involved with the WCAC-Meteor group contact Bill Castro.

The Leonids Meteor Shower-1999

The 1999 Leonids  peaked on the evening of Wednesday November 17th and the morning of Thursday November 18th. The best viewing was reported over Europe and parts of the Middle East at 0210 hours UT on the 18th.

WCAC 1999 Leonid Observations - Reports from WCAC members about their meteor shower watches at Southeastern Ohio (with a picture of a Leonid, a sporadic and Venus), Walsh College and individuals in their backyards.

Additional information on meteor showers in general can be found at:

Observing Meteor Showers - NASA site on meteor showers.

Basics of Meteor Observing - Sky and Telescope magazine.

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Last updated March 4, 2012 by Bill Castro