(meteorobs) July 8/9 2016 observation from North Florida - Amazing session indeed!
jonesp0854 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 9 11:08:05 EDT 2016
Had a very pleasant and productive two hour meteor watch from Butler
Beach, Florida this morning that included 41 meteors all told, a majestic
-4 alpha Capricornid fireball and my very first Perseid of 2016! All of
that with dark, clear skies, no mosquitoes whatsoever, a gentle breeze and
the soft sounds of the waves hitting the beach next to me! All that's
pretty tough to beat...;o).
I decided to eschew my trusty Matanzas Inlet site for awhile due to
its becoming a bit overcrowded with summertime carloads of beachgoers
pulling into the parking lot I use at all hours of the morning. Just too
many distractions there now. I plan to return to it later on in the year
after the summer masses go home...;o)!
Butler Beach is located about three miles south of St. Augustine
Beach and although not quite as dark a sky as the Matanzas Inlet site, it
is more than good enough to use as my good results attested to - and zero
distractions! The LM was around 6.5 and perfect unobstructed horizons in
all directions - a great trade off!
Here's my results:
Observed for radiants:
CAP - alpha Capricornids
SCA_ sigma Capricornids
JPE - July Pegasids
PPS - pi Piscids
CAN - C Andromedids
ANT - Anthelions
PER - Perseids
July 8/9. 2016, observer: Paul Jones, Location: Butler Beach, Florida
(about three miles south of St. Augustine, Beach, Florida), Lat: 29.79 N,
Long: 81.26 W., LM: 6.5, clear, Facing: east
0200 - 0300 EDT (0600 - 0700 UT), Teff: 1.0 hour, No breaks
2 CAP: -4, 0
2 SCA: +2, +4
1 ANT: +4
2 JPE: +3 (2)
15 SPO: 0, +1, +2(2), +3(5). +4(4). +5(2)
22 total meteors
7 of the 22 meteors left trains, the -4 CAP fireball was vivid yellow with
orange sparks, and the zero mag CAP as also bright yellow.
0300 - 0400 EDT (0700 - 0800 UT), Teff: 1.0 hour, No Breaks
3 JPE: +1, +3(2)
1 CAN: +3
1 PPS: +2
1 PER: +2
1 SCA: +4
12 SPO: +1 (2), +2, +3(3). +4(3), +5(3)
19 total meteors
4 of the 19 meteors left trains, one long, slow SPO was orange/yellow in
The first hour rocked the house! I was barely ten minutes into the watch
when the CAP fireball blazed slowly across eastern Cygnus, heading north
almost dead overhead, covering over 30 degrees of sky, arcing and sparking
all the way and finished in the marvelous -4 terminal burst!! It left a
puffy, glowing, smoky train behind that matched the bursts it had along its
path: truly a meteor to remember! I have a feeling this radiant has many
more like that one left in it!
About twenty minutes later, the second CAP flashed briefly SW of the
radiant with a short trained path. LOVE those alpha CAPS!!!!
The second hour was more mundane in activity level with no more CAP
fireworks showing up, but the JPEs and the SCAs continued showing up pretty
well. The PER showed off the un-migrated radiant position of this famous
shower, as the meteor actually came from Cassiopeia! About in the middle
of the hour, I had a long, slow +2 SPO that tracked NE low in the northern
sky that sorta seemed to line up generally with the June Bootid radiant
area, but I figured it was long past that radiant's window of activity so I
put it down as a SPO. I still wondered about it, though...;o).
The high pressure sitting over us is well entrenched, so I should be back
out in the morning again to see these what else all these radiants have up
their collective sleeve! Hope everyone has a chance to get out, there is
a lot going on up there and much, much more to com!!
Clear skies all, Paul J in North Florida
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