Author: Paul Jones

Ancient City Astronomy Club (ACAC – St. Augustine, Florida) 2017 Leonid Observations

Greetings again all,      I am finally getting caught enough to report on the detailed observational results from last week’s ACAC 2017 Leonid Meteor Shower maximum observations from North Florida.  A big thanks to fellow ACAC members Neal and Nancy Brown for joining me on the main nights.  Here are my results: Observed for radiants: LEO:  Leonids STA: South Taurids NTA: North Taurids NOO: November Orionids AND: Andromedids SPO: sporadics Date: Nov., 14/15, 2017. Observer: Paul Jones, Location:  north bank of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, 15 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida, Lat: 29.75 N, Long:81.24W, LM: 6.5, sky conditions: clear, Facing: SE. 0330 – 0430 EST (0830 – 0930 UT), Teff: 1 hour, clear, no breaks 5 LEO: -1(1), +1(1), +2(1), +4(1), +5(1) 1 NOO: +3(1) 2 NTA: +2(2) 8 SPO: +2(2), +3(2), +4(3), +5(1) 316 total meteors 2 of the 5 LEOs, 2 of the SPOs  left visible trains, most common colors were gold and yellow in the brighter LEOs. Date: Nov., 15/16, 2017. Observer: Paul Jones, Location:  north bank of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, 15 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida, Lat: 29.75 N, Long:81.24W, LM: 6.5, sky conditions: clear, Facing: SE. 0500 – 0545 EST (1000 – 1045 UT), Teff: .75 hour, clear, no breaks 9 ORI: 0(1),+1(2), +2(2), +3(2), +4(1), +5(1) 1 NTA: +2(1) 9 SPO: +1(1), +2(1), +3(3), +4(2), +5(2) 19 total meteors 4 of the 9 LEOs, 1 NTAsand 3 SPOs  left visible trains, most common...

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Oct. 20/21 2017 Orionid observations from North Florida

Greetings again all,       Fellow ACACers Neal, Shadow and Shade Brown joined me at Matanzas Inlet (MI) this morning for three more hours of monitoring the 2017 Orionid (ORI) meteor shower.  We went from 3:15 to 6:15 a.m. all told, and I had results almost identical to the previous morning.  The first hour I had 24 ORIs.  I fell just short of the “magic” 30 per hour rate threshold on the ORIs during the second hour with 29.   Then, unexpectedly, the ORI rate dropped in half and I had only 16 during the third hour.  Most unusual!  Here is my data: Observed for radiants: ORI:  Orionids STA: South Taurids NTA: North Taurids EGE: epsilon Geminids LMI: Leonis Minorids SPO: sporadics Date: Oct., 20/21, 2017. Observer: Paul Jones, Location:  north bank of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, 15 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida, Lat: 29.75 N, Long:81.24W, LM: 6.2, sky conditions: 10% cirrus haze, Facing: South. 0315 – 0415 EDT (0715 – 0815 UT), Teff: 1 hour, clear, no breaks 24 ORI: 0(1), +1(1), +2(6), +3(7), +4(6), +5(3) 5 STA: +1(1), +2(1), +3(2), +4(1) 1 NTA: +4(1) 2 EGE: +2(1) +3(1) 8 SPO: +2(1), +3(3), +4(2), +5(2) 40 total meteors 5 of the 24 ORIs, 1 of the STAs and 1 SPO left visible trains, most common colors were gold and yellow and some bluish tints in the brighter ORIs. 0415 – 0515 EDT (0815 – 0915...

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Oct. 19/20, 2017 Orionid observations from North Florida – Awesome!

Greetings again all,     I was quite surprised and pleased to find the skies beautifully clear this morning for a change and was able to take full advantage of them indeed at Matanzas Inlet.  Observing conditions were superb with no clouds and a nice sea breeze to blow the bugs away.    The three-hour marathon session was a total joy as the pre-maximum Orionids were coming hot, bright, and heavy throughout the session and a few of the other active radiants kicked in nicely as well. I was kept quite busy indeed.  Without further adieu, here is my full report: Observed for radiants: ORI:  Orionids STA: South Taurids NTA: North Taurids EGE: epsilon Geminids LMI: Leonis Minorids SPO: sporadics Date: Oct., 19/20, 2017. Observer: Paul Jones, Location:  north bank of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, 15 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida, Lat: 29.75 N, Long:81.24W, LM: 6.5, sky conditions: clear, Facing: SE. 0330 – 0430 EDT (0730 – 0830 UT), Teff: 1 hour, clear, no breaks 18 ORI: 0(3), +1(2), +2(2), +3(3), +4(3), +5(5) 4 STA: +1(1), +2(2), +3(1) 2 NTA: +1(2) 2 EGE: +3(2) 13 SPO: +2(2), +3(2), +4(6), +5(3) 39 total meteors 6 of the 18 ORIs, 2 of the NTAs and 2 SPOs  left visible trains, most common colors were gold and yellow in the brighter ORIs. 0430 – 0530 EDT (0830 – 930 UT), Teff: 1 hour, clear, no breaks 23 ORI:...

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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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