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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!



    sadly we were totally overcast in west central PA
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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    I guess I'll add my report to the list.

    I started the evening with my scope fixed on Jupiter. Then switched to Saturn.
    At midnight I took some quick nightscapes.

    I saw one fainter meteor just before I started watching for earnest.

    I officially observed one hour from 12:30 to 1:30. I saw two meteors, both of which could be attributed to the predicted shower.

    Then I went to bed. I didn't see a big meteor shower, but I had a lot of fun.
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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    For me last night was cloudy, so I'm afraid I couldn't see anything…wish I had though.
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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rcoggins View Post
    After two hours of viewing with the clouds moving back in I decided to come back inside. I only saw three meteors radiating out of the Camelopardalis region and a few other random ones in other regions of the sky. One was very bright heading Northwest. the other two were heading Eastward. All three were white in color. I did witness something strange and am not sure what it was, Starting at around 1:53 A.M. and ending at around 1:58 A.M a diffuse glowing line around 5° wide, maybe slightly less appeared running from close to the horizon straight up through Camelopardalis to around 60° high. It started very faint and brightened only slightly then slowly faded out. I have no idea what it was from as I live way out in the country with nothing to the North of me that I know of that would create that effect. Did anyone else see something like that?

    I saw the same thing here in central Washington state (Leavenworth area). I managed to get a photo of it. According to UniverseToday.com, it was the recently launched ALOS 2 satellite from Japan, dumping fuel.

    Here's my photos and summary here: Satellite Passing with its own cloud? | Time to Think

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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    We got a chance to do a bit of Meteor Storm Peeping, at a pull-off atop a low mountain pass in Colorado just as the trailing edge of a Thunderstorm Front cleared out to the Northern Horizon.
    Leaning against the side of the Truck to keep out of the chill breeze, we kept an expectant watch to the North for about 20 minutes. We saw only 4-5 meteors - most of them small quickly disappearing flicks of light. But we saw one larger one radiating from the correct area and headed to the NorthEast that lasted a good 4-5sec and covered a good 15 degrees, leaving an ionization trail about 2-5 degrees which persisted for another 15-20sec.
    After needing to get on the road again, we unfortunately ended the drive at a location which had substantial low clouds. No more Camelopardalids for us...
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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rcoggins View Post
    After two hours of viewing with the clouds moving back in I decided to come back inside. I only saw three meteors radiating out of the Camelopardalis region and a few other random ones in other regions of the sky. One was very bright heading Northwest. the other two were heading Eastward. All three were white in color. I did witness something strange and am not sure what it was, Starting at around 1:53 A.M. and ending at around 1:58 A.M a diffuse glowing line around 5° wide, maybe slightly less appeared running from close to the horizon straight up through Camelopardalis to around 60° high. It started very faint and brightened only slightly then slowly faded out. I have no idea what it was from as I live way out in the country with nothing to the North of me that I know of that would create that effect. Did anyone else see something like that?
    Hah, I'm not going crazy or seeing things. in the Astrophotography Digital Camera forum there is a picture and an animated gif of the line in the sky that I saw. Possibly caused by a fuel dump from a Japanese satellite launch.

    Anyone else try to image the Camelopardalid Meteor Shower?

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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    Odd...reading these nobody seems to have commented on the spectacular meteor I saw. Between 12:50 and 1:00 am EST , I was out looking for meteors with my family and we saw a meteor brighter than any we had even seen. It spanned about 1/3 of the sky and lasted 1-2 seconds. It left a sparkly white tail in the sky for probably 3-5 seconds. It started near the zenith and traveled toward the south. Other than that the night was the same as everyone else has been saying-only a couple of small ones here and there. I couldn't tell whether or not it fractured at the end (it moved pretty fast).
    (I live in rural southern Ontario where the sky was clear).

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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    That might be the same substantial meteor that I reported two posts above (except your Canada Location and EST time reference don't quite match with my Western Colorado location)...
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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    Observing from the suburbs of Washington DC I have to report no Camelopardalids, unfortunately.
    Still, from the reports here I would like to make a trip to the country next year to have a chance to see 5-6 slow, bright ones an hour.

    The best meteor storm(s) I have observed were the November Leonids of 1999 and 2000. I'm surprised no one else has seen these! Anywhere you looked in the sky at any moment you would see a meteor - it was spectacular and went on for several hours!
    My dad in 1946 in the Merchant Marines observed a similar Giacobinid meteor storm while on a tanker in the middle of the Pacific, so I was glad to be able to see one, too.

    The report of the Japanese rocket fuel dump reminds me of times when the Aurora Borealis has made surprise visits while observing. Usually it shows up looking similar to encroaching dawn except it has irregular bright areas that change over several minutes.

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    Default Re: New meteor shower Camelopardalids has started!

    Quote Originally Posted by groundhog513 View Post
    Next shower is August 13. Its the Perseids shower. Is it reliable?
    Pretty much the most reliable shower that shows up year in and year out and never disappoints.
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