(IAAC) Meteor Watchers' Reminder: July 28 - August 1!
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Subject: (IAAC) Meteor Watchers' Reminder: July 28 - August 1!
From: Lew Gramer <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 98 18:04:48 -0400
Cc: Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston <firstname.lastname@example.org>, North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club <email@example.com>, NH Astronomical Society <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, EFaits@Compuserve.COM, Pulsar@vgernet.net, The ASTRO Mailing List <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Bob Benjamin <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lew Gramer (me) <dedalus>
Just a quick reminder that over the next (and last) few nights, the active
"minor" shower known as the Southern Delta Aquarids is at its peak. Also
visible at the moment are several other minor showers (including the nascent
Perseids, currently radiating from Cassiopeia), as well as the high level of
sporadics (non-shower meteors) usually visible this time of year.
All together under dark skies, you can expect rates of one meteor every three
minutes or less! Not a Meteor Storm, but surely worth watching!
And as always, to see the greatest NUMBER of meteors be sure to pick * a dark
spot, * with no local light trespass, * near few obstructions, and * watch
AFTER midnight (or as late as you can manage)!
And remember - with a few short hours of practice (mostly just in finding your
Limiting Magnitude, and estimating meteor magnitudes), you can not only be
enjoying the wonderful sky show, but actually contributing to the scientific
knowledge of our solar system, its formation, and evolution! Drop me a line if
you or your club are interested in trying this...
Clear skies and many meteors to all!
Asst. Electronic Information Coordinator, American Meteor Society