(meteorobs) Re: NM 98Jun1/2 meteors rather good
Quite a contrast with the prior night -- 1998 June 1/2 meteor rates
almost doubled. It was enough to induce a lot of interest and some
excitement. I observed for 3:00 hours, 226 - 526 EDT (626 - 926 UT), in
sky LM7.3 and recorded 35 meteors. Night temperatures ran the same as
For the 3 complete hours 226 - 526, total rates were 13,12,10. No serious
breaks in the activity ; it just kept coming at a fairly steady pace. Among
the 35 meteors were 4 SAG, 2 Eta Aquarids, 1 Chi Scorpiid, and 28 sporadics.
The latter averaged 2.96m and ranged from -2m to +6m. The best of the night
was an orange -3m Eta Aquarid with 4-second train at 459 AM. It is ironic
that I had to wait nearly a month after maximum to see the brightest Eta of
1998. SAG rates were 3,0,1 ; quite good to start off and the best I've seen
from this one. I haven't seen any Tau Herculids in 1998 as of the date of
this writing, June 4.
At 315 EDT there was a stationary +2m flareup in Cygnus that lasted 10
seconds. Coordinates RA 302, Dec +33. It was a brief rerun of 1975 August
except on the other side of Deneb. One of our very distant satellites, not
an "Aries Flasher."
A series of Iridium flashes begins around 9 PM tomorrow evening here,
appearing 6 minutes earlier on successive evenings in nearly the same spot.
Will definitely get Joan out to see a couple of them.