(meteorobs) Quads from Iowa

pmartsching at mchsi.com pmartsching at mchsi.com
Sat Jan 3 11:03:16 EST 2009


If it had been clear here till dawn, Quad rates would have been very high.  As it was, I got in three hours with variable conditions and then the sky got completely overcast from (4:45 CST) 10:45 UT  well into day light.
Summary of what I was able to see:
My usual observing site 4 miles NE of Ames, Iowa 03 January 2009
06:50 - 07:50 UT; temp 20 degrees F; wind East 8 mph; clear; snow on ground; aver. L.M. 5.6; facing NNE 45 degrees; total teff 1.0 hour
Antihelion: none
Coma Berenecids: none
Quadrantids: twelve: -1; 0(2); +1(2); +2(4); +3(2); +4
Sporadics: one: +3
Total meteors: thirteen
Break
08:10-09:10 UT; temp 21 degrees F; wind East 6 mph; clear 08:10 - 08:55 then hazy cirrus moving in; snow on ground; aver. L.M. 5.4; facing NNE 45 degrees; total teff 1.0 hour
Antihelion: none
Coma Berenecids: two: +3; +4
Quadrantids: twenty-three: -5; -4; -3; -2; 0(3); +1(4); +2(3); +3(7); +4(2)
Sporadics: four: +1; +2; +4(2)
Total meteors: twenty-nine
Break waiting for the hazy cirrus to thin out a little.
09:30 - 10:30 UT: temp 22 degrees F; wind East 12 mph; clear from 09:45-10:20 UT; otherwise varying amounts of hazy cirrus and some opaque clouds - last five minutes bad; average L.M. 5.0; average opaque cloud cover 10%; facing NNE 45 degrees; total teff 1.0 hour
Antihelion: none
Coma Berenecids: three: +1; +2(2)
Quadrantids: thirty-seven: -3(2); -2; -1(6); 0(5); +1(9); +2(7); +3(5); +4(2)
Sporadics: five: +1(3); +3; +4
Total meteors; forty-five
Only six Quads out of seventy-two had trains; but many had silvery "trails".
Four Quads were orange, nineteen yellow and the rest white (49). 
Paul Martsching





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