(meteorobs) Somewhat disappointing PERs from north Florida this morning
falcon99 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Aug 11 11:15:18 EDT 2011
FYI, I'm seeing the same thing with the radar scatter. One good hit about every two minutes. A couple of short fireballs the past three days from Persius, but that's about it.
--- On Thu, 8/11/11, Paul Jones <jonesp0854 at gmail.com> wrote:
From: Paul Jones <jonesp0854 at gmail.com>
Subject: (meteorobs) Somewhat disappointing PERs from north Florida this morning
To: "Global Meteor Observing Forum" <meteorobs at meteorobs.org>
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2011, 7:09 AM
Greetings again all,
Although my skies were a bit hazy, muddy, murky, fuzzy, foggy around the edges, I managed an hour of pre-dawn PER watching this morning (Aug. 10/11) from my driveway. I got only 19 PERs all told, plus a spattering of other assorted non-Perseids from 4:30 to 5:30 EDT. Only a lone +1 PER was the closest thing to a bright one I saw. Most of them were rather faint indeed and I may have lost a few to the sky conditions, but anything bright or near bright would have shown up. And the skies were good enough to record data. Full data to follow seperately.
I don't know, maybe it's me, but these recent PER displays pale in comparison to the ones we had back in the late seventies and eighties. Seemed like 90 to 100 per hour or more was routine back then in any dark moon year. 60 per hour was more common on the night before maximum! I recall specifically in 1977, we were seeing 60/hour before midnight on max night. By dawn that morning, we were getting 3 to 4 PERs a MINUTE! Nothing like that going on anymore!! What has happened to the PERS??
Hopefully, they will pick up from here and good luck to all who watch. I'll give it another go in the morning but I don't expect a whole lot what with the full moon and all. Maybe we'll get lucky...
Clear skies, Paul
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