Author: Paul Roggemans

A look at 14-15-16 October showers through CAMS

Two clear nights, 14-15 and 15-16 October allowed to collect a large number of orbits by the CAMS BeNeLux network. A look at the radiant distribution reveals distinct activity from a number of major as well as minor meteor streams. Apart from the Orionids and Taurids, the October Ursae Majorids displayed a remarkable strong activity. Introduction The night of 14-15 October had delivered no more than a single orbit in 5 years of BeNeLux network activity 2012-2016, weather having been year after year unfavorable. After two weeks of mediocre weather the Benelux CAMS network enjoyed a couple of network wide...

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Perseids 2017: partly clear 12-13 August night for CAMS BeNeLux

After several weeks of rather exceptional good conditions for the BeNeLux CAMS network, weather deteriorate into a worst case scenario towards the Perseid maximum. Clouds and rain showers circulated over Western Europe in all directions making any reliable forecast difficult. 10-11 and 11-12 August did not reveal any single star with a complete overcast sky. Some gaps occurred late afternoon August 12, good to raise some hope for the night. When the CAMS computer started, the sky was saturated with clouds again and when some intense rain showers followed each other, it looked hopeless as these showers seemed to get...

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A new meteor fell in the region of Igdi (Tata, Morocco)

Abderrahmane Ibhi1, Fouad Khiri1,2 and Lahcen Ouknine1 1Petrology, Metallogeny and Meteorites Laboratory, University Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco. a.ibhi@uiz.ac.ma 2Regional Center of Trades of Education and Training, Inzegane, Agadir, Morocco. fkhiri2009@gmail.com A meteoritic body entered the Earth’s atmosphere in the southern skies of Tata, in the rural commune of Ait Ouabelli (South-East Morocco), on Wednesday July, 12th, 2017 at 22:10 GMT. Its interaction with the atmosphere led to bright light flashes accompanied with detonations. It seemed to be brighter than an electric welding light. The bolide traveled from North to South and has experienced several fragmentation events along its atmospheric...

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The Mayas and Eta Aquariids in AD 250-909

From the meteor library An interesting paper has been published about “Evidence of Eta Aquariid Outbursts Recorded in the Classic Maya Hieroglyphic Script Using Orbital Integrations” by J.H. Kinsman and D.J. Asher. The history of Eta Aquariid outbursts has been reconstructed based upon a numerically integrated model of particles released from comet Halley. These calculated outbursts were matched with major events described in the Maya records. It is very likely that the Maya kept track of the Eta Aquariid activity associating outbursts with major events in their society. The complete article can be consulted online:...

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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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