Re: (meteorobs) Nov 9/10 Meteor Observations From California
There was a mysterious object in the sky after sunrise (Wednesday), see:
Could this be a meteor train? It made the local news. I was up 24 hrs
ago, & saw it on TV. (they do a sunrise shot on the weather program).
Last year's Leonids, the activity really was heavy near the horizon
3am-5am. Here is one near morning twilight,
Could the above be *.jpg's be a Leonid?
A while back, there was mention of that rocket-burnup seen in Florida.
I finally got the video scan:
Robert Lunsford wrote:
> My first observing session of November was held in the mountains of
> Southern California. I watched for 3 hours and faced northward to try
> to verify any Linearid activity. Out of 37 meteors seen this morning
> only 1 was a candidate for the Linearid shower. This is a stretch as
> came from an area 5 degrees east of Phecda, which is the wrong side of
> this star.
> As for the Leonids, I had a couple of candidates but their velocity was
> too slow for the area of the sky in which they appeared. There was
> though, two active radiants in Cancer producing swift meteors. The
> first was near 136 (09:05) +22 which can probably be associated with
> the apex radiant. This produced 3 meteors. The second radiant, which
> produced 3, and possibly 4 meteors, was centered at 133 (08:55) +32.
> These 7 meteors were very "Leonid-like" and could have easily been
> labeled as Leonids for anyone not plotting.
> The Taurids were fairly active, especially the Northern branch. The
> highlight of the session was the fact the temperatures were still mild
> when I had expected sub-freezing temperatures. The low point was being
> harassed by mosquitoes who seem to have been as numerous as the
> meteors. Don't they know it's time to head south for the winter?
> November 9/10 1999
> 1015-1115 UT 0.93 6.62 1 NTA 1 STA 6 SPO 8 TOTAL
> 1115-1215 UT 0.90 6.61 1 NTA 0 STA 12 SPO 13 TOTAL
> 1215-1315 UT 0.88 6.50 4 NTA 0 STA 12 SPO 16 TOTAL
> TOTALS: 2.71 6.58 6 NTA 1 STA 30 SPO 37 TOTAL
> The first column gives the period watched stated in Universal Time (UT)
> which is PST + 8 hours. The second column gives the percent of that
> particular hour actually spent observing the sky. Time was lost for
> plotting and data entry tonight. The third column gives the average
> limiting magnitude estimated during each period with a minimum of 4
> estimates using at least 2 and preferably 3 different sky areas close to
> my center of view. The last several columns list the activity seen
> during each period.
> I was facing North at an altitude of 70 degrees during the entire
> session. No breaks were taken. NTA = Northern Taurids, STA = Southern
> Taurids, and SPO = Sporadic (random activity).
> Beginning Temperature/Relative Humidity: 47 F (8 C) 36%
> Ending " " " 44 F (7 C) 37%
> NTA: 0 (1) +1 (1) +2 (1) +3 (2)+4 (1) AVERAGE: +2.17
> STA: +2 (1) AVERAGE: +2.00
> SPO: 0 (3) +1 (4) +2 (1) +3 (8) +4 (12) +5 (1) +6 (1)
> AVERAGE: +2.97
> Bob Lunsford
> San Diego, CA USA
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