Month: May 2016

Meteor Activity Outlook for 28 May-3 June 2016

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Sunday May 29th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will rise shortly after near 0100 local summer (LST) and will remain above the horizon the remainder of the night. While the half-illuminated moon is bright, successful meteor observations can be obtained by simply keeping the moon out of your field of view. Conditions improve with each passing night as the moon wanes and rises later morning.

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EDMOND database 2016 from January to March

Introduction The weather in the first third of the year 2016 in Europe was not favorable. Nowadays (May 26, 2016) there are in the EDMOND database (Kornoš et al., 2014a) data from the following networks: CEMeNt (Central European Meteor Network, cross-border network of Czech and Slovak amateur observers); FMA (Fachgruppe Meteorastronomie, Switzerland); HMN (Hungarian Meteor Network or Magyar Hullócsillagok Egyesulet, Hungary); NEMETODE (Network for Meteor Triangulation and Orbit Determination, United Kingdom) and UKMON (UK Meteor Observation Network, United Kingdom). The presented results are thus partial and they do not include results of all national networks from the first third of the year 2016. Results (wide-angle...

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The bright fireball of 25 March 2016 over Belgium and the Netherlands: some early results

This short contribution gives preliminary analytical results (trajectory, radiant and orbit) for a slow brilliant magnitude –12 fireball that appeared over the Dutch-Belgian border on 25 March 2016, 23:00:45 UT. This fireball was widely observed by many casual observers in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany. It was photographically captured by three Dutch and two Belgian all-sky stations, allowing triangulation of the fireball trajectory. Trajectory, radiant and orbit were determined using TRAJECT 2.5-beta and METORB 9.0. The entry angle was steep (66° with the horizon). With an end height of only 18.8 km and clear deceleration in the speed...

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First issue of the e-Zine MeteorNews

The first issue of the new e-Zine MeteorNews has been released! While the website meteornews.org has been created to offer rapid dissemination of meteor related news, the PDF journal should assure a permanent archiving tool for the online published topics. After a first year of tests, the plan is to register the content of MeteorNews with the ADS abstract service from 2017 onwards. No membership and no registration is required, the e-Zine can be downloaded for free: eMN_2016_1 (May...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 21-27 May 2016

During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Saturday May 21st. This is the worst time to try and view meteor activity as the glare from the moon will obscure all but the brightest meteors. Conditions improve slightly as the moon wanes and rises later in the evening. Unfortunately early evening meteor rates are very low, moon or no moon.

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