(meteorobs) Re: NM98Jun2/3+2 more nights fair-dull
Three more nights of observing brought mostly a dull bunch of sporadics.
1998 June 2/3 - 3:15 hours - 21 meteors - 225 - 540 EDT
226 - 526 EDT (626 - 926 UT) all sporadics ; hourly rates 9,5,6 in sky LM7.3
Average for 20 sporadics in fully dark sky 3.40m, right at my long-term average.
1998 June 3/4 - 2:14 hours - 18 meteors - 324 - 538 EDT
326 - 526 EDT (726 - 926 UT) all sporadics again ; hourly rates 8,10 in
Average for 18 sporadics in dark sky 3.61m, lots of faint ones.
1998 June 4/5 - 2:04 hours - 19 meteors - 322 - 526 EDT
326 - 526 EDT (726 - 926 UT) got 2 Chi Scorpiids and 1 SAG with 16
sporadics. The setting moon affects the sky in these low elevations ; it
started at LM6.0, moonset at 330, quickly darkened to 7.3 by 342. The 15
sporadics in sky at least LM7.0 averaged 3.13m.
There was nothing brighter than 0m seen on any of these nights. That had to
be left to Iridium flashes. Most of them are still about a magnitude
fainter than the prediction.
Joan and I have seen one flash very close to Arcturus the past 2 nights, and
there are 2 more in this series to go. Six minutes earlier each night.
June 13 evening will be our big night : 2 flashes only a minute apart. For
the first one we are nearly on the center line at home so we're going for a
-6m with twilight gone. The second one will be -2m in almost the same spot.
It was interesting to hear that Bob doesn't see many satellites going W to
E. A few degrees further south makes a big difference -- I see a lot of
these. June 3/4 the last hour there were one or two visible almost