Month: July 2017

Meteor Activity Outlook for 15-21 July 2017

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Sunday July 16. While the half-illuminated moon will certainly cast some glare in the night sky, it is still much less bright than the full moon. Therefore successful meteor observations can be obtained by simply keeping the moon out of your field of view while observing.

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Tau Herculids in 2017 observed by CAMS

Tau Herculids activity in 2017 recorded by CAMS   By Carl Johannink, Jaap van ’t Leven, Koen Miskotte   Abstract During routine CAMS observations in the night of May 30/31 CAMS BeNeLux collected five meteors in just over an hour, which are associated with comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann. These five meteors appeared from a very narrow radiant, near RA=210 degrees  and DE=29 degrees, geocentric velocity (Vg) ~12 km/s,  with very similar orbits. Further searches on the nights around this peak showed another twelve candidates. The first five meteors very likely belong to the 1941-dusttrail of this comet, that was predicted to produce...

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July issue of eMeteorNews online

The online content of May and June 2017 has been edited and archived in eMeteorNews (eMN_2017_3, July issue). Feel free to share this information on Facebook or Twitter with your group, network or society. The motto of MeteorNews is to keep it simple and easy. The website exchanges instant results, news and experience among active meteor observers accross the world. The eZine eMN serves as archive to preserve the interesting information. One advantage of online publications is that corrections can be made all the time. In case you spot some mistake, let us know and we can still correct...

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Fireball over the Mediterranean Sea on 4 July 2017

This sporadic fireball overflew the Mediterranean Sea on 4 July 2017 at 0:09 UT (2:09 local time). According to the preliminary analysis of this event, the bolide began at an altitude of about 80 km above the sea level and ended at a height of around 50 km. The fireball was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project from the astronomical observatories of La Hita (Toledo, Spain), Calar Alto (Almería, Spain) and...

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