Meteor showers in 2009

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Meteor showers in 2009

#1 Post by rwilkinson » Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:17 pm

News of a couple of regular winter showers from the International Meteor Organization
http://www.imo.net/calendar/2009

Leonids: max on 17-Nov
The evening to early morning UT hours of November 17/18 are likely to be of greatest observer interest. Luckily, new Moon on November 16 ensures perfectly dark skies for covering whatever events happen (remembering that there are no guarantees in meteor work!). As the Leonid radiant rises usefully only around local midnight (or indeed afterwards south of the equator), the 21h-22h UT apparently critical interval will fall best chiefly for sites across Asia.

Geminids: max on 14-Dec
One of the finest, and probably the most reliable, of the major annual showers presently observable, whose peak this year is virtually coincident with new Moon. The Geminid radiant culminates around 2h local time, but well north of the equator it rises about sunset, and is at a usable elevation from the local evening hours onwards.

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Re: Leonids 2009

#2 Post by rwilkinson » Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:23 pm

I've been "observing by ear" - listening for radio reflections, since 8am.
This method allows meteors to be detected when it's cloudy, or even during daylight - see my presentation on the subject:
http://www.boltonastro.org.uk/members_a ... eteors.pps
or Andy Smith's excellent website:
http://www.tvcomm.co.uk/radio/
I heard quite a lot of "pings" (including a few strong ones) through the morning, but it all quietened down after after lunch (as our part of Earth turned away from the shower radiant).

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Re: Meteor showers in 2009

#3 Post by rwilkinson » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:44 am

I saw a bright Geminid streak across the sky last night, whilst out testing my new Go-To mount.

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Re: Meteor showers in 2009

#4 Post by rwilkinson » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:10 pm

I saw another three Geminids (three of which were quite bright: 1st or 2nd magnitude) on Sunday evening, watching through the window for half an hour around 9pm.

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