2014 Lyrid Meteor Shower

By: LaddObservatory, 4:01 PM GMT on April 23, 2014

Images from the Lyrid meteor shower of Apr. 21-22, 2014.

The camera is mounted in a weather proof box on the roof of Ladd Observatory at Brown University in Providence, RI. For each image north is at right, west at bottom, and the zenith is near the center. The field of view is about 140 by 90 degrees. The camera uses a red / near infrared filter to reduce the brightness of the city lights. Each exposure is 10 seconds.

Live images from the camera are...


Updated: 4:10 PM GMT on April 23, 2014


By: LaddObservatory, 9:09 PM GMT on February 11, 2013

During the Blizzard of Feb. 8-9, 2013 there were reports of thunder and lightning amidst the heavy snowfall and high winds. The lightning detector on the roof of Ladd Observatory recorded a great deal of activity late Friday night into Saturday morning with the peak occurring just before midnight. Most of the strikes were along the southern coast of Rhode Island, but some were observed about 350 miles to the south over the ocean.

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2012 Geminid Meteor Shower

By: LaddObservatory, 4:54 PM GMT on December 19, 2012

The Geminid meteor shower peaked on Dec. 13 - 14, 2012. At Ladd Observatory we operate an automated camera on the roof which takes an image of most of the sky every 10 seconds. There were many small meteors and a number of medium meteors that we captured during the night. Here are the four best images.


Updated: 4:55 PM GMT on December 19, 2012

Watching the skies for meteors

By: LaddObservatory, 9:02 PM GMT on January 22, 2012

There are some times during the year when a number of meteors can be seen in the sky. For example, the recent Quadrantid meteor shower during the early morning hours of January 4th. But late January is not usually a time that you would expect to see meteors. It is possible, though.At the Ladd Observatory we've been testing a sky camera to watch for interesting phenomena in the night sky. The camera has a field of view of 90 by 140 degrees which can take an image of ...


Updated: 9:23 PM GMT on January 22, 2012

2012 Quadrantids

By: LaddObservatory, 9:33 AM GMT on January 04, 2012

There is a digital camera in a weather proof box mounted on the roof of Ladd Observatory. The camera has a wide field ("fish eye") lens that can take an image of nearly the entire sky. North is to the right, and east is at top.Tonight is the Quadrantid meteor shower. The camera has been running for most of the night taking 10 second exposures. The first image shows a spectacular meteor in the same part of the sky as the planet Mars which is the bright dot behind the...


Updated: 8:19 PM GMT on January 04, 2012

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