This talk outlines where meteors are from, why we have meteor showers and how to observe them.
Michael describes the meteor science that amateur astronomers can play an active role in.
In particular, the talk outlines how to detect meteors using visual techniques, with cameras and via radio.
The talk also outlines why it's useful to observe meteors as part of a group effort.
Michael OConnell is the former chairperson of the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies and Midlands Astronomy Club.
Aside from assisting Dunsink Observatory with outreach projects and organising the annual SOLARFEST solar conference,
Michael is an active member of NEMETODE, a group of amateur astronomers across the UK and Ireland who monitor the night sky for meteors.
During his free time, Michael observes the night sky from his observatory in Monasterevin, Co Kildare.