Month: August 2017

Early Aurigid observations from Norway

August 26/27, 2017 – Observations from Norway   It is a rare event that a cloudless, moon free night falls on a Saturday, but this was the case on August 26. Although no major showers were active, I decided to head out in the field to watch for some early Aurigid meteors. This night I wanted to try out a new observation site, situated on a hill about 20 minutes driving from home. I hoped that this place would provide a better horizon, and maybe a slightly better limiting magnitude, than my usual observation site.   August 26: 20:45 – 21:45 I started observations 20:45 UT. This is too early for the Aurigids to reach a useful radiant elevation, but I decided to look for Antihelion meteors, and late Kappa Cygnids, while waiting for the Aurigids. The observation site lived up to my expectations, with Lm quickly dropping below 6,0, and with good horizon in all directions. Sporadic activity started out quite good, with 11 meteors the first hour. The first hour was highlighted with a 1 Magnitude, red, slow moving Kappa Cygnid, starting in Andromeda and ending up in Aries. This meteor was also captured on camera, making a nice composition with the Pegasus square and the Andromeda galaxy! Teff: 1.00 – Lm: 6.06 – F: 1.00 – RA: 345 – Dec: +55 Spo: 0, 2(2), 3(2), 4(2),...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 26 August-1 September 2017

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Tuesday August 29th. At this time the half-illuminated moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local summer time (LST) for observers located at mid-northern latitudes. This weekend the waxing crescent moon will set during the late evening hours allowing the more active morning hours to be free of interfering moonlight.

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 19-25 August 2017

During this period the moon will reach its new phase on Monday August 21st. At this time the moon will be located near the sun and will be invisible at night. As the week progresses the waxing crescent moon will enter the evening sky but will not cause any problems for those viewing meteor activity.

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Radio Meteor Observation in the World : Monthly Report for June and July 2017

Radio Meteor Observations in the World: Monthly Reports for June and July 2017 by The International Project for Radio Meteor Observation(IPRMO). From this report, it is not only Japanese stations but also Europe, North America and South America. June, 2017 Following three graphs shows monitoring results in three area that are Europe at 10 observing stations, North America at four stations and Japan at eight stations. For the first and middle ten days, all areas observed high activity. It seems this was the activity of daytime meteor shower. Although some high activity levels which were above the usual level (0.0±0.4) except for the period of daytime shower actvitiy, some uncertain wheather occurred and some meteor activity may be due to observing errors. July, 2017 Following four graphs shows monitoring results in four areas that are Europe at 15 observing stations, North America at six stations, South America at three stations and Japan at eight stations. The last ten days, high activity was observed cleary in North, South America and Japan. It seems this activity was delta-Aquariids. As a reason of lower activity level in Europe, observing stations in Europe are higher latitude. Therefore, radiant elevation is lower than other areas. These graphs are not considered radiant elevation. In the area of North America, the small clear activity was observed around 11th-12th. Although the activity level index was not over...

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August 12/13, 2017 Perseid observations from Matanzas Inlet, Florida – impressive!!

Greetings again all,     Amazingly, it cleared off pretty well for us last night, so Neal, Shadow and Shade Brown and I returned to the trusty east parking lot at Matanzas Inlet (MI) for two remarkably productive hours of 2017 Perseid meteor observing.     I logged two hours of observations from 10:00 p.m. to midnight and ended up with a total of 34 meteors, with 21 of them being Perseids.  Encroaching clouds and moonlight after 11:30 combined to make us close up shop early.  A total of 6 of the 21 Perseids seen were stunning, spectacular earthgrazers that had Neal and I hooping and hollering, big time!    By far the very best Perseid of the night came in the second hour.  It was a mind blowing, 70+ degree long, -1 magnitude Perseid “grazer”  that had a distinctly peachy pink coloration to it and left a spreading train behind it.  WOW!  We had it in sight for almost five seconds total as it shot down the summer Milky Way, Cygnus to Ophiuchus.   It was, I believe, the very first PINK colored meteor I have ever, ever seen in forty three years of meteor watching! Here is my data from the session: Observed for radiants: ANT – Anthelions PER – Perseids SDA: South delta Aquariids NDA: North delta Aquariids CAP – alpha Capricornids KCG – kappa Cygnids  August 12/13 2017, observer: Paul Jones, Location:...

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