(meteorobs) Fwd: Meteors or not?
bzucino at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 26 13:43:18 EDT 2004
I can recommend you article of Jenniskens: Meteor stream activity II.
On page 229 bottom there is note about observation parallel streaks
of light. It was concluded from analyis, that in that case there wasn`t
any outburst. Maybe you can find more information in WGN, but it is not
available from www.
--- Robert Verish <bolidechaser at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> From: philaroots76 at cox.net
> Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 14:45:16 -0400
> Subject: [Comet and Meteor Observing] Meteors or not?
> (long posting)
> I've just joined this group and would be grateful if
> someone could tell me whether I've stumbled across a
> minor meteor shower, or whether I'm simply able to
> see things in a 2 inch 40mm eyepiece that one cannot
> see in a 1.25 inch 26mm or 24 mm EP (which I usually
> Here's the situation:
> On Friday night (15 October) the skies over Middle
> Georgia were the clearest they've been in several
> weeks. I let my scope cool down for five hours before
> using it. This was the first time I've used a 2 inch
> 40mm eyepiece with my 8 inch Dob.
> While scanning the field between Triangulum,
> Andromeda and Perseus I kept seeing small white
> things zooming across the sky. I feared that these
> were floaters in my weakening eyes; my wife and
> daughter however verified that they were seeing the
> same things when they looked through the scope. In
> fact, they were so impressed they stayed at the scope
> longer than they ever have before.
> After reminding them how cold it was outside, I was
> able to reclaim possession of the scope and let it
> rest on M32 just west of Algol. Between 10:20 and
> 10:45 I counted 49 whitish objects zooming either
> above, through, or beneath M32 in a southerly
> direction. Most of these objects were quiter small,
> resembling the visible stars in M32; others were
> three to four times larger and resembled the Ring
> Nebula to some extent (these tended to shoot
> northeast). Between 10:45 and 11:00 I focused on
> Algol, but the frequency of these white flashes had
> decreased. Looking at M32 again between 11:00 and
> 11:15 I noticed ever fewer of these streaks. By
> midnight I was unable to see any whatsoever.
> On Saturday night the skies were somewhat cloudy, so I
> did not have a crisp view of the sky. However, I was
> able to see five or six meteor-like flashes
> running across M32 over a 20 minute period, but these
> were fairly large objects.
> By the way, none of these white streaks could be seen
> in my 9x50 finderscope. They were vivid in the 2 inch
> 40mm and even in the 1.25 inch 26 m.
> I'm an experienced enough observer to know that these
> were neither airplanes nor space stations nor
> satellites. Since I was unable to replicate these
> flashes anywhere else in the sky, I am pretty sure
> that they cannot be attributed to some defect in my
> mirrors or eyepieces. Since my neighbors were not at
> home all weekend, I can also rule out sudden flashes
> of light coming from windows or cars.
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> --------------- Original Message ---------------
> From: "Brian OHalloran" <qprmeteor at y...> ,
> cometandmeteorobserving at yahoogroups.com
> Date: Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:48 pm
> Subject: Closure of Comet and Meteor Observing Group
> Hi everyone.
> As you may have noticed, I've been unable to devote
> much time to post to the group/updating the finder
> charts/ephemerides etc lately, due to a severe lack of
> time that is very much work related (I recently
> started a postdoc position in the US, and so I have
> very little free time!!!). As this is unlikely to
> change in the immediate or mid-term future, I have
> reluctantly decided to close the group. If anyone
> wishes to take over the running of the group, please
> contact me - if not, I plan to close it by the end of
> the week.
> Clear skies.
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