Month: August 2017

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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2017 South delta Aquariid and alpha Capricornid observations from North Florida

The following are summaries of my late July/early August 2017 observations from North Florida.  The weather was bad most nights,  so systematic observations were not possible.  I noticed and can confirm the obvious burst of South delta Aquariid activity that occurred on July 31!   Here are my data summaries: July/August 2017 meteor observations – Observer: Paul Jones Observed for radiants: CAP – alpha Capricornids ERI – eta Eridanids ANT – Anthelions PER – Perseids SDA: South delta Aquariids PAU – Piscis Austrinids NDA: North delta Aquariids GDR – gamma Draconids JPE: July Pegasids  Session One: July 20/21 2017, observer: Paul Jones, Location: North Bank of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, Lat: 29.75N, Long: 81.24W (approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida). 10% cirrus cloud interference, Facing: south 0325 – 0425 EDT (0725 – 0825 UT), Teff: 1.0 hour, No breaks 4 PER: +2(2), +3(2) 4 SDA: +3(2), +4, +5 1 CAP: +1 2 ANT: +2, +4  8 SPO: +2, +3. +4(4), +5(2) 19 total meteors  5 of the 19 meteors (2 PERs, 1 CAP, 1 ANT and 1 SPO) left trains. Yellow and blue tints were seen in the brighter PERs and the SDAs. __________________________________________________________________________  Session Two: July 21/22, 2017 Observer: Paul Jones, Location: North Bank of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, Lat: 29.75N, Long: 81.24W (approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida).   0300 – 0400 EDT (0700 – 0800 UT) Teff: 1.0 hour, No breaks, LM:...

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Perseid maximum from the Netherlands

Figure 1. Perseid fireball magnitude -6, August 13, 2017 at 00:58 UT. It is from 2012 that I had a (partly) clear Perseid maximum from Ermelo/The Netherlands. In t.eff. 3.23 hours I counted 119 PER, 2 SDA, 1 ANT, 2 KCG and 15 sporadic meteors. The all sky camera captured 3 Perseids of magnitudes -3, -4 and -6. The 4 CAMS systems captured 385 meteors during these three hours. I am satisfied with this result! Next year again from the Provence! Introduction After the successful Southern Delta Aquariid campaign from southern Crete, I hoped that I could observe the Perseids for a few nights in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the weather, like so often, wasn’t cooperative. Only the night of 5/6 August was partly clear. Between 23:27 and 02:30 UT I observed 35 meteors. The moon disturbed the observations all night, so the limiting magnitude did not exceed 5.5. Highest hourly count of the Perseids was 8. Overall, I saw 21 Perseids (PER), 2 Southern Delta Aquariids (SDA) and 12 sporadic meteors (SPO). As mentioned, the rest of the week the Netherlands had bad weather. The night Friday to Saturday 11/12 august I was surprised by a clear sky when I came out of bed for work (at 01:30 UT). A clearing was moving from west to east over the Netherlands. I quickly started the all sky camera but after...

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