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
Hi, Is there anyone going to the IMC that would be willing to do a workshop on how to generate the 3D maps showing meteor trails over the ground. Not being an expert my own attempts have not worked. I'd really like to see how it's done properly and I'm sure there would be plenty of other people interested too! Cheers, Bill.
PS. I tried to create this topic in the IMO/IMC secti
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 b
I have been waiting for the moon to pass its last quarter phase so I can catch some of the mid-July activity. Unfortunately our area has been plagued by clouds so I had to wait until this morning to finally get a peak at the meteor activity. The sky was mediocre and very hazy, especially in the west toward San Diego. I decided to face southward to catch some of the early activity in that part of
I was having a look at the 2017 IMO Meteor Shower Calendar, and especially looking for activity prospects for the 2017 Perseids maximum, and I read that the forecast ZHR for the Perseid activity peak was 150... As I do not think any activity enhancement is predicted, I wa sthus wondering why the predicted maximum ZHR was so high for 2017. Does anyone have an explanat
A new forecast for possible activity in 2019 can be found here: http://feraj.ru/Radiants/Predictions/209p-ids2019eng.html
In short, a small outburst with ZHR up to 10 could be produced by 1939 trail at 7:44 UT on 24 May 2019, and a secondary outburst with ZHR up to 5 due to 1994-2009 trails is possible around 11 UT on 24 May 2019.
I went out to my porch around 12:45 am for a smoke, Looked up to admire the sky, I witnessed 4 shooting stars before i could even finish my ciggarette , takes only 10 to 13 minutes to smoke. By chance i saw 4 shooting stars ( meteors ) within 13 minutes . On this the 31 of May 2017 in Prescott, AZ, looking to the south west .
We are aware of potentially strong tau-Herculid shower in 2022. However my modelling shows that there are some chances for activity in 2017 on May 30 at 17:24 UT. I suggest that if any activity appears, it should very low, perhaps, at the level of separate meteors, but their brightness is expected to be high, so even 1-2 such meteors could make a lot of fun. Details are here:
This is probably about this link: http://www.amsmeteors.org/2017/05/possible-activity-from-the-tau-herculids-next-week/ That was a abscure shower near the herculids. I see four shooting stars that emanated from herculids. Quchan, Mashhad, Khorasan-razavi province, Iran. May 30,2017. At 21:30 to 23:45 local time.
I managed to view the Lyrid maximum for 2 hours from my new house located 20 miles east of San Diego. This was the first meteor observation from my new vantage point and I have found that it gives me an increase of at least 1 full magnitude right out the front door! Anyway, I faced toward the NE at an elevation of 60 degrees between the hours of 2:15 PDT to 4:15 PDT (9:15-11:15 UT). I counted 29
I was off work Monday morning so I thought I would take advantage of the clear skies and view some meteor activity. Despite the good sky I was a bit disappointed in the rates as I only counted 11 meteors during the 2 hour session. 9 of these meteors were sporadic, 1 Anthelion, and only 1 eta Aquariid were seen. I was especially disappointed in the ETA rates as I thought for sure that they would b
Hi. I just joined the IMO today. I have been sporadically observing meteors for ~40 years (visual). I'm wondering if the old observations are useful to the IMO and whether I should add them as visual observations. I have records since the late 1990s - about 50 observations (I have yet to find my old observing records book - too many house moves). Historically I sent them to the NAMN. Your thought
This year RAMBo has recorded a strong Ursidi activity. In the attached graphics you can see that the maximun has begun at 270,800 of solar longitude. The first graphic shows the mass behaviour, the second one (red) shows the Hourly Rate. More informations on our web site www.ramboms.com
Both the North American Meteor Network (NAMN) website and meteorobs mailing list have been offline for the past couple months. Efforts to resolve server issues for the NAMN site were not successful. It appears now that our domain has been hacked and may be potentially unsafe to visit. Therefore, I have decided to end the online NAMN presence. You should refrain from visiting the site, and remove
I just realized, while reading the 2017 IMO Meteor Shower Calendar, that Mikhail Maslov made some predictions about a potential meteoric activity linked to 249P/LINEAR, with potential activity on April 20th, 2017, around 16h 33min UT. Meteoric activity would be associated to small meteoroids, so meteors may be faint, or only radio detectable. Does anyone (Mikhail, or
Is there a minimum acceptable Lm for observing? For example, at my rural site, the Lm is around 5.8, so it's obviously fine. At my house in an urban area, clear nights are around 3.8-4.1. The reduced number of sightings is an obvious consequence, but are the observations still of use?
When observing minor showers for the first time, is it worth trying to do an association with a known shower, or leave the shower column blank and just fill in the magnitude distribution and number seen columns? The IMO guide seems to suggest that this is the way to go.
I observed the Geminids from my home town during the night Dec 13-14. Skies cleared up from the south around 0.30 UT. I went to my observing site up in the local hills and watched the shower for 5.25 hours Teff between 01.05 - 06.20 UT. Despite the presence of a full moon, meteor rates were pretty great with hourly visual counts of 44 - 57 - 45 - 44 and 30 Geminids (Lm 4.9 up to 5.1). At the end
Here is an interesting view of the Geminids (thanks Tioga for the forward), as we could observe them from the stratosphere! Interesting to see how a meteor behave in real time, from a different point of view. Must be much harder to associate meteors to a defined radiant from there ;-) https://twitter.com/pmisson/status/809011987476840448