Greetings yet again all,
Another clear post midnight here in North Florida enticed me once again into getting out for a productive two hour, pre-dawn Butler Beach meteor watch. With the “plethora” of active radiants going on this time of year, there is no shortage of sources to monitor, And, once again, most of them produced at least some activity for me in another busy session.
I was tracking nine separate radiants in all during the watch (from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m) , plus sporadics and once again broke twenty an hour both hours for a total of 43 meteors in a remarkably consistent session with my previous ones.
Here’s the data:
Observed for radiants:
CAP – alpha Capricornids
SCA_ sigma Capricornids
JPE – July Pegasids
PPS – pi Piscids
CAN – c Andromedids
ANT – Anthelions
PER – Perseids
PSA – psi Cassiopeids
SDA – South delta Aquariids
July 13/14 2016, observer: Paul Jones, Location: Butler Beach, Florida (about three miles south of St. Augustine, Beach, Florida), Lat: 29.79 N, Long: 81.26 W., LM: 6.5, clear, Facing: east
0300 – 0400 EDT (0700 – 0800 UT), Teff: 1.0 hour, No breaks
2 CAN: +2, +4
2 PPS: +1, +3
1 CAP: +2
1 SCA: +3
2 PER: +2, +3
2 JPE: 0,+ 3
2 PSA: +3(2)
10 SPO: 0. +1, +2(2), +3(2). +4(3). +5
22 total meteors
8 of the 22 meteors left trains, the zero mag JPE was blue-white with a 5 second train, one PER showed yellow.
0400 – 0500 EDT (0800 – 0900 UT), Teff: 1.0 hour, No Breaks
3 PER: +2(2), +3
1 JPE: +4
1 PSA: +2
1 SCA: +3
1 PPS: +2
1 SDA: +2
12 SPO: +1, +2, +3(4). +4(3), +5(3)
20 total meteors
7 of the 20 meteors left trains, one PER and two SPOs were yellow in color.
Once again my first hour was the more productive, with lots of bright and distinctive meteors criss-crossing the sky in all directions. The best meteor of the watch was the zero magnitude JPE that burst through twenty degrees of sky going WSW from Aquarius to Capricorn, leaving a five second long train hanging on on the sky. A pretty one indeed! A few minutes later, the +2 CAP slowly crossed fifteen degrees of sky shooting right back at the JPE radiant. Several other radiants contributed some nice meteors to this pleasant first hour.
The second hour seemed a lot slower in activity level, although the numbers weren’t very different. Perhaps it was because the meteors were not as bright, showy or distinctive in the second hour. It was nice indeed though to see my first South delta Aquariid meteor of the year, hopefully, many more will follow it! The PERs also seemed a bit sluggish this morning, although I saw at least one going in all four directions from the radiant: one north of it, one south of it, one east of it and two west of it!
The zodiacal light was once again very clear and distinctively seen this morning tracing out a low angle with respect to the horizon stretching all the way to Aquarius. M31 the Andromeda Galaxy stood out very clearly to the naked eye and I even thought I glimpsed a hint of M33 in Triangulum with the naked eye!
I’ll try it again in the morning. With moonset occurring around 3:00 a.m., I figure I can get in one more two-hour, pre-dawn watch tomorrow before the almost full moon takes over the morning sky for awhile.
Clear skies all, Paul J in North Florida