Month: December 2017

Happy New year

We wish all dedicated meteor workers a Happy New Year with a lot of exciting meteor events to share among those who care about meteor work!

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New Year’s Eve Fireball over the UK

UK finishes 2017 with a bang. A large fireball event spotted by 300+ members of public accross the UK. The event occured on December 31st 2017 around 17:34 UT and judging from the reports it was in green colour with reported fragmentation. UK Meteor Observation Network is already searching for a match on their cameras. We will update you as soon as we know more. Image: IMO public reports map of the fireball event: 5538-2017 YouTube footage from...

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Merry Christmas to all and 2017 Ursid Meteor Shower report from North Florida

Season’s Greetings again all,    Hope everyone is having a superb Christmas Day!  I got yet another early Christmas gift this past Friday morning when the skies yet again somehow managed to clear out after midnight and I was able to get my best ever look at the obscure but quite intriguing Ursids (URS) from Matanzas Inlet (MI).    We used to joke about this shower in the early days of the ACAC as we had never seen much of anything in the way of activity from it, even though we tried.  The jokes went something like: no matter how badly a meteor shower performed, at least it was bound to better than the Ursids.    We were still learning in those days, and it turns out we probably did not give the shower anywhere near its due.  Also, we never tried observing it from MI either and we did not observe it at the right times.  So, this year, armed with 40+ years of experience and a little help from Mother Nature,  I was finally able to vindicate the shower a little bit, anyway.    I awoke at my usual 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning (without an alarm) and saw it was mostly clear. and MI was beckoning me.  So, I arrived a bit before 3:30 a.m. and sure enough, the skies were stunning.  The URS radiant is near the “bowl” of...

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Mind blowing 2017 Geminid maximum this morning (Dec. 14) from Matanzas Inlet – there are no words!

Greetings all,      Well, I just woke up from what proved to be one of the most bizarre, surreal, unlikely, and totally amazing nights in my recent (or forever, really) meteor watching memory!  It was a tale of sky high hopes, abject disappointment, divine intervention, insane perseverance and finally, ended up as one of the top ten meteor nights ever in my 44 years of this incredible hobby!!      After a day of gorgeous blue skies, I ventured down to Matanzas Inlet (MI) with only a few cirrus clouds way off in the west.  By night fall, the clouds became more evident and soon took over almost the entire sky.  I was heartsick.  While waiting, I met a couple of folks who stopped by to check out the meteor shower. They didn’t stay, but were planning to get back with us and join the ACAC!     After about 9:00 p.m., the skies cleared a bit and I was joined by several ACAC members for a brief period – Bill Spearow, Rod Paul, Julie Taylor and her daughter Claire, Dan and Sally Marks, ACAC good friend Leslie Goode from the SJC Library Bookmobile and Jeff Wellman one of our members from Jacksonville all came out with hopes to view.     However, every time it began to clear off, it clouded back over on us again.  We did see a few nice GEMs through and around...

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