Month: September 2016

Meteor Activity Outlook for 1-7 October 2016

During this period the moon reaches it new phase on Saturday October 1st. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will not be visible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will set during the evening hours, allowing a moon-free view of the more active morning hours.

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Another long but slow trail meteor over Portugal

Fireball atmospheric trajectory over Portugal A long and slow trail meteor with an absolute magnitude estimated of -2, captured on 29th September early morning by four PMN (Portuguese Meteor Network) systems; TEMPLAR1 and TEMPLAR2, RO2 and RO3. RO3 summed image (near Lisboa). Rui Gonçalves calculated its trajectory, velocity and initial mass. It was detected from 94.7 km to 72.1 km with an initial velocity of 19.5 km/s. The estimated photometric mass is around 5 g. Corrected absolute magnitude versus time. Velocity fit versus height. Ground projection from UFO...

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Bright Taurid fireball on Sept. 27 (at 20:47 UT)

A mag. -10 fireball was recorded over Spain by the cameras operating in the framework of the SMART Project on Sept. 27, at 20:47 UT (22:47 local time). The meteoroid hit the atmosphere at 30.6 km/s and the luminous phase began at a height of 111 km. The terminal point was located at an altitude of 75 km. The calculated orbital elements show that the bolide belongs to the Northern Taurids meteor shower. The following YouTube video shows the footage obtained from two meteor-observing stations, and also the atmospheric path of the meteor: https://youtu.be/tNBUbnkUOHg...

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Cometary fireball on 27 Sept. 2016 (at 3:11 UT)

This fireball overflew the Mediterranean Sea on 27 Sep. 2016 at 3:11 UT ( 5:11 local time). The event was produced by a meteoroid from Comet P/2005 T4 (SWAN) that impacted the atmosphere at about 250000 km/h. It started at a height of 130 km over the sea level and ended at an altitude of 84 km. It was recorded by several meteor-observing stations operating in the framework of the SMART Project in Spain. The bolide belongs to the September omicron-Orionids meteor...

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Kappa Leonids on Friday 23/9

On Friday, September 23 at 13 UT the RAMBO system has revealead a weak evidence of the Kappa Leonids shower, who reached a double hourly rate in comparison to sporadic. The maximum occurred fifteen minutes after the forecast (at solar longitude 180.7). The amplitude and analysis of the  echoes durations suggests meteoroids of low masses. RAMBo research Group Associazione Astrofili Bolognesi Web site: http://www.ramboms.com Mail:        ...

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