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THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA STANDING COMMITTEE ON OBSERVATIONAL ACTIVITIES Bulletin No. 2 METEOR SECTION Meteor observing is a field in which amateurs without specialized equipment can make an important contribution. The prime requirements are enthusiasm, knowledge of the constellations, and a willingness to stay awake when the majority of citizens are sleeping. Other things being equal, more meteors are observed between midnight and dawn than between dusk and midnight. With some thought, it becomes apparent that thos arriving before midnight have to overtake the earth, while those in the early hours of the morning are meeting the earth bead-on. Thus the latter will tend to be brighter with more of then. Meteor observing is a field in which the junior member of a Centre can come into his (or bert) own. In Ottawa, we have two groupe of experienced observers composed of high school students (Riflorest and Queensway). If you are thinking of starting Cr expanding a meteor observing group, include high school pupils in your recruiting - after a short period of training the students will develop into very effective observers. The first bulletins of the Meteor Section will deal with topics such as setting up a visual observing station, the type of information gathered by visual observers, and the recovery of meteorites after a suspected fall. Later bulletins will deal with meteor photography and spectroscopy, telescopic meteors, and the collection of fire- ball reports from untrained observers. I would like to stress that these bulletins will attempt to transmit advice fran one amateur to another, and will not be formu- lating hard and fast rules. If you have ideas of your own, go ahead and try them art and please let me know the results. Your comments on these bulletins will be welcomed along with news of the activities of your group in the meteor observing field, but NOT the data you have collected. Please mail this to: Meteor Centre, National Research Council, Ottawa 2, Ontario, where Dr. Peter M. Millman will feed it to his hungry computers. A number of brilliant fireballs have been observed recently; it is important to remember that most of the people from whom fireball observations can be collected do not know what they have seen. Reports of flying saucers, or unconfirmed stories of planes crashing in flames, unexplained noises from the sky and other peculiar happenings should be investigated - otherwise the chance of a meteorite recovery may be lost. Remember, reporters and others in the mass-communication field cannot be expected to be familiar with meteoritic phenomena. It is instructive to read the reports of the meteorite which fell in Barwell, England, last Christmas Eve (see SKY AND TELESCOPE July 1966, p.7, and Journal of the British Astronomical Association April 1966, p.192), art compare this with the published account of the Bruderheim meteorite of March 4, 1960 and the Peace River meteorite of March 31, 1963 (see JOURNAL of the R.A.S.C., October 1961, p.218 and June 1964, p.109, respectively). The comparison reflects great credit on our meteorite recovery experts in Western Canada and the final story of the fireball of September 17, 1966 should reflect similar credit on us in Ontario!