Happy New Year from BASMO

New year celebrations caught by the all sky camera.

Below are the daily and hourly meteor counts for December, the peaks for the Geminids and Ursids are clearly shown. Unfortunately Graves went off line between 20:00 on 13/12/17 and 08:00 on 14/12/17. The increase in activity on 31st is beginning of Quadrantids, which will be peaking on the 3/4 Jan.

Here is a comparison with December 2016, Graves went off line last December for most of the 29th Dec.

This final plot shows the daily meteor activity throughout 2017, the major showers are marked, for more information on meteor showers go to

Happy New Year

Pete Hill


December Meteor Activity.


Happy new Year to one and all, have attached the daily and hourly meteor rates for December.














The Geminids peaked over the 13th/14th dec, with max activity at 04:00 on the 14th.The gradual increase in activity from the 8/9th due to activity from several other minor showers over the period 8th – 12th, the lack of any other activity accounting for the sharp cut off after the 14th. The Ursids peaked on the 22nd, slight increase on 18th possibly due to combination of Ursids and other minor shower.















No activity logged between 09:00 on 28th and 23:00 on 29th, consensus is that Graves was offline, maintenance possibly??.

A quiet end to the month, look out for the Quadrantids January 3th/4th, 11pm to early hours, luckily moon is not a problem.



Pete Hill

Geminid Meteor Shower


below are plots of Geminid activity as picked up by reflected radar from Graves.

First Plot shows Daily activity from 1st Dec to 15th Dec, Geminids peaking over the 13th / 14th. The fall off of activity is also a lot greater than the build up.

gemdailypeakLooking in detail at the hourly  count over the period of the 12th -15th Dec, the peak activity occurred during the period from 12:00 on the 13th to approx. 12:00 on the 14th.



Next up are the Ursids, peaking Dec 22/23 with radiant in Ursa Minor, this comet shower is associated with comet 8P/Tuttle, the moon won’t be a problem, so lets hope for clear skies.


Pete H.