Re: (meteorobs) Observations Oct 19-20
In a message dated 98-10-20 11:48:39 EDT, you write:
Wes Stone>>In the morning sky, the zodiacal light will be in the East,
stretching up into Leo and Gemini. <<
The Zodiacal light was definitely bright these last few mornings.
Wes Stone>>Two possibilities: 1) Faint auroral glow. What you describe
sounds a lot like the two auroras I've seen, and several members of my club
were reporting aurorae the night before. <<
I use to observe lots of auroras many years ago when I lived in North Dakota
for a year and a half, (compliments of uncle sam). On some nights when the
green auroral lights didn't form, I would often see a dim greyish area forming
where the brighter green lights would form. I always kinda visualized it like
a flourescent light with just not quite enough energy to come on brightly.
wes stone>> 2) Skyglow if there is a city or concentrated artificial light
source in that direction. In my neck of the woods, we have a really big dome
of light in that direction that doesn't go away. We call it "Portland" and
try to face the opposite direction.<<
This sounds more like what kim is seeing, though the dim auroral lights is
still a possibility.