Author: Robert Lunsford

Meteor Activity Outlook for 12-18 August 2017

During this period the moon will reach its last quarter phase on Tuesday August 15. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees west of the sun and will rise near midnight local summer time (LST). This weekend the waning gibbous moon will rise during the late evening hours and will illuminate the sky for the remainder of the night, reducing the number of meteors seen.

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Meteor Observations July 29, 2017 from California, USA

This morning I was facing south to concentrate on the southern showers. As has been the case recently the humidity has been high and the transparency has been poor. The light dome from San Diego was bad, affecting the sky toward the west and southwest. So the sky east of the meridian was impressive but west of the meridian was poor. Despite this I managed to count 52 meteors during 3.33 hours of viewing. Both the first and last periods were strong but there was a noticeable dip in activity during the middle hour. The Southern delta Aquariids were the most active shower by a long shot. They did not reach the 10/hr rate but were still nice. The best meteor of the night was a –2 Perseid that shot through Pegasus and Aquarius. The one gamma Draconid seen was pure luck. Just before I quit for the night I heard a noise behind me and turned around to see a nice 2nd magnitude GDR skim the northern horizon heading eastward. It was a nice way to end the session! ——————————————————- Observer: Robert Lunsford (LUNRO) Date: 17- Jul 29 Mean Solar Long: 126.202 Beginning Time (UT) 0840 Ending Time (UT) 1200 Total TeFF: 3.33 LOCATION: Blossom Valley, CA, USA LONG: 116 51′ 37″ W LAT: 32 51′ 44″ N Elevation: 304 m Bortle Scale: Class 4: Rural-Suburban Transition Beginning...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 5-11 August 2017

During this period the moon will reach its full phase on Monday August 7. At this time the moon will be located opposite the sun and will lie above the horizon all night long. This is the worst time to try and view meteor activity this month as the bright moon will obscure all but the brighter meteors.

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Meteor Observations July 28, 2017 from California, USA

It was 1 year ago tonight that the July gamma Draconids produced an impressive outburst over Europe. If any such occurrence were to repeat in 2017, it would most likely occur over North America near 6UT. I went out with little anticipation and that is exactly what I saw. Only 2 GDR’s appeared during 2 hours centered on 6UT. I was actually surprised I caught 2 of them! The first one was slightly brighter than Deneb and shot past that star in Cygnus. The second was of 3rd magnitude and shot through the head of Draco. “Shot” may be an incorrect description as both of these meteor were fairly slow. Both evening hours produced 6 meteors each with a nice variety as you can see below. The sky appeared nice, more impressive than the limiting magnitude would indicate. After a short nap, I turned toward the south to view the activity there. Conditions had changed drastically for the worse. it was very hazy with clouds to the south and west. The clouds held back for 30 minutes but soon obscured the sky during the 3rd quarter of the hour. Looks like I’ll need to make a trip to higher elevations if I am to see the SDA’s at their best. ——————————————————- Observer: Robert Lunsford (LUNRO) Date: 17- Jul 28 Mean Solar Long: 125.127 Beginning Time (UT) 0500 Ending Time...

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Meteor Activity Outlook for 29 July-4 August 2017

During this period the moon will reach its first quarter phase on Sunday July 30. At this time the moon will be located 90 degrees east of the sun and will set near midnight local summer time (LST). As the week progresses the waxing gibbous moon will impede upon the morning sky shrinking the window of opportunity to view under dark skies.

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