Month: May 2017

Exeter fireball from UKMON

On 27 May 2017 at 10PM a large meteor/fireball was spotted by members of public. It was warm and clear saturday evening with many people enjoying the weather when UKMON started to receive first reports. Quick alert was sent though the network with a match from Exeter camera. UK Meteor Observation Network names the fireball events by a station name that reported it first and this is a first one for Exeter. So far over 50 public reports have been collected by IMO Fireball report website, event is marked as Fireball event 1768-2017. The fireball was exceptionally bright, it was...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 27 May – 2 June 2017

During this period the moon reaches its first quarter phase on Thursday June 1st. At that time the moon is located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set between 0100 and 0200, depending on your location. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will be present in the evening sky but will not interfere with meteor observing as it sets shortly after dusk.

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Bright meteor at the sky of Espirito Santo Brazil

On the night of May 3, three Exoss network cameras recorded a bright meteor over the south of Espirito Santo, Brazil. The fireball entered the atmosphere at a 60 degree entry angle at the place below its initial penetration, above the city Mimoso do Sul  at a height of about 80 km, at a low speed, about 18km / sec, covering about 23 km in about 1.7 secs. Its maximum brightness came close to the magnitude of Venus. Applying the usual criteria of the meteoroid source analysis, together with its orbital elements, such as eccentricity , inclination , semi-major axis,...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 20-26 May 2017

During this period the moon reaches its new phase on Thursday May 25th. At that time the moon is located near the sun and is invisible at night. This weekend the waning crescent moon will rise during the early morning hours and will not interfere with meteor observing as long as one keeps the moon out of their field of view.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 13-19 May 2017

During this period the moon reaches its last quarter phase on Thursday May 18th. At that time the moon is located 90 degrees west of the sun and rises between 0100 and 0200 local summer time (LST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the early evening hours and will make viewing meteor activity difficult as the bright moonlight will obscure all but the brighter meteors.

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