(meteorobs) Xi Draconids
I have from time to time been trying to observer from my light polluted
back yard. the other night I did just that. I saw one meteor that fit
the radiant of Xi Draconids but it was so bright that I didn't think I
could be correct or some one would have mentioned that they were so
bright. I have been waiting for some other reports for comparison but
none have come, so I will hazard the humiliation of being told that I am
Observer: Robert Gardner (GARRO)
Location: Sierra Madre, CA, USA
Latitude: 34o 09min 55sec
Longitude: 118o 03min 32sec
Altitude: 800 ft.
Method: tape recorder and talking clock.
Date: 12/13 June 2,001
The LM of all the observations were 3.5 at the zenith fading rapidly to
undeterminable limits further down.
I had less than 50% of the sky visible due to trees and buildings.
Facing NE at +60o elevation
6:30 UTC Saw no meteors.
Facing NNE at +85o elevation
8:25 UTC saw two second magnitude sporadic
8:55 UTC Saw one Xi Draconid which was easily -1.5 magnitude.
9:25 UTC Its trace was white and I saw no trail though I am not quite
sure what you folks mean by a trail.
This meteor aligned unusually well with the radiant and if this does
not fit the normal description of a Xi Draconid then it is a chance
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