Month: August 2016

Meteor Observations from Southern California 31 Aug 2016

I had an unexpected night off of work so I thought I would take advantage of the clear skies and try to view some meteors. After a 3 hour nap I woke and headed east to darker skies. Unfortunately the sky was clear all the way to the coast so the skies from my mountain site was not a good as it could have been. The previous night had a thick blanket of fog covering the city which I could have used this morning. Still, a limiting magnitude of +6.5 only 50 miles from a city of over 1 million people is not too bad! I faced due north to concentrate on the Aurigids.  Activity was about what I expected. I never have seen many AUR’s on August 31st no matter the predicted date of maximum. September 1st has always been the best morning. This morning was no different even though the first meteor of the night was a nice magnitude 2 AUR skimming the northern horizon. I didn’t see another AUR all night long. I did notice 3 meteors that intersected near 4:40 (070) +48, which is close to the old position listed for the AUR’s. The current AUR radiant lies close to theta Auriga, on the eastern portion of the constellation. It would be interesting to hear what others saw.  – Totals were low for the other...

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Stunning fireball on August 30

This bolide was observed over the South of Spain on 30 Aug. 2016, at 01:57 UT (03:57 local time). The meteoroid impacted the atmosphere at about 130.000 km/h and produced a fireball that began at a height of 97 km over the Mediterranean Sea. The event ended at an altitude of about 37 km over Andalusia...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 27 August-2 September 2016

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday September 1st. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will be invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise a few hours before dawn. This will allow unimpeded meteor observations nearly all night long. Even when the moon is above the horizon it will be too thin and too low in the sky to cause problems.

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Perseids observation by RAMBo

In these graphics the Perseids activity seen by RAMBo. Also the narrow peak centered on Aug. 11 at 23h20m UTC is well seen. More information about our project can be read in the article: RAMBo: the “Radar Astrofilo Meteorico...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 20-26 August 2016

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday August 25th. At this time the moon will lie 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local summer time (LST) for observers located at mid-northern latitudes. This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise around 2100 LST and will remain above the horizon the remainder of the night. The bright moon will obscure many of the fainter meteors that would otherwise be seen in a darker sky.

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