Author: Paul Roggemans

Comet dust on 20 and 28-29 March 2016?

A comet discovered on 22 January 2016 (P/2016 BA14) is supposed to be a fragment from another comet that was discovered on 7 April 2000 (252P/LINEAR) since both move on very similar orbits. Both comets will pass close to the Earth orbit: 252P/LINEAR on 21 March 2016 followed by P/2016 BA14 the next day. There is a small chance for a new meteor shower on 20 March 2016 with a radiant at R.A. = 82°, Decl. = -39° with a velocity of 14.1 km/s, associated with P/2016 BA14, and on 28-29 March, from a radiant at R.A. = 77° and decl. = -16° with a very low velocity of 11,1 km/s, this time associated with 252P/LINEAR. Meteor activity from these sources is very unlikely in these circumstances, but it is always recommended to be alert. For more information read: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news191.html http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/iau/cbet/004200/CBET004268.txt...

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Meteorite found for fireball 2016 March 6 over Austrian-German border

An exceptional fireball appeared on 2016 March 6 at 21h36m51s UT above Austria and ended 5.5 seconds later above the German- Austrian border. A detailed article can be read in the article “New meteorite fall observed in detail by Czech fireball cameras” A search for meteorites took place on March 12 and was successful and a sample was identified as an ordinary chondrite (LL6). At the moment the meteorite is called Stubenberg (not yet official). Read also http://www.nachrichten.at/oberoesterreich/Linzer-entdeckt-Meteorit-im-Grenzgebiet;art4,2178321....

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New Catalogue of Moroccan meteorites

Prof. Abderrahmane Ibhi has documented the meteorite collection of Ibn Zohr exhibited at the “Musée Universitaire de météorites” in his new “Catalogue de Météorites” (Catalogue of meteorites). This museum is the first with exposure over entire Africa and the Arab world. Each piece of the collection is precisely identified with its name, location, GPS coordinates, its classification, its weight and the number of fragments, including a detailed photograph prepared at the University Ibn Zohr. This new catalogue is a scientific inventory of the meteorites found in Morocco and is of particular value to collectors, traders, students and Moroccan meteorite hunters. This publication will also inspire the...

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Performance CAMS@Benelux in February 2016

After October 2015 we got back with two feet on the ground, struggling with our Atlantic climate and cloudy skies. A complete network wide clear night produces 100 to 200 orbits per night in November or December. January can still produce ~150 orbits per clear night. The winter of 2015-2016 wasn’t favorable for CAMS@Benelux, without being extraordinary bad. February continued this trend with only few clear nights and mainly scattered clear sky period during most nights, only 4 nights did not allow collecting any single orbit in February. February 2016 ended with 1075 orbits added to the CAMS database,...

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A New CAMS network in the United Arab Emirates

A new CAMS network is being set up in the UAE. A first station had been equiped with 17 Watec cameras and was succesfully tested on 28 January 2016. Meanwhile the funding has been granted to set up the second station. When completed the CAMS@UAE will consist of 3 stations with 17 cameras at each station. See also: http://www.astronomycenter.net/uacn?l=en. Unfortunately a recent severe weather event with wind speeds of over 130 km/h and some floading caused some dammage to the first station.  Tests are being done to assess the damage. Read more:...

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