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One can see individual meteors almost any night of the year (known as “sporadics”). However, as the Earth orbits the Sun it repeatedly passes through slender streams of ice, dust and rock, left behind by the passage of comets through the inner solar system. This debris falls into Earth’s upper atmosphere and burns up, a phenomenon we call meteor showers.
The next meteor shower peaks Monday, 2018 October 8: the Draconids. It has this name as the radiant (the place in the sky where meteors will appear to originate) is located in the constellation Draco (the Dragon). This is because the Earth is apparently heading in that direction of Draco at the time of the meteor shower, so the meteors will enter the upper atmosphere and appear to scatter outwards from this point. The Draconids is a minor meteor shower, delivering on average 10 meteors per hour. Viewing conditions are good as this is the day before the New Moon. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!
Charles Ennis, 2nd VP RASC
We’re going to open the SCC Observatory for the Perseid meteor shower Thursday, August 11 and at 8:30 PM.
Several club members braved the cold and showed up at the airport site sat eve to view the annual Geminids meteor shower. In spite of the cold temperatures nobody was disappointed as the display was as good as or better than predicted. The Geminds shower is known for producing long, slow, yellowish colored meteors. There was a mix of faint and bright ones but a good portion were above first magnitude and some as bright as the planet Jupiter.
The meteors seemed to come in bunches with several appearing over a couple of minutes followed by a short lull. At times 2 would appear in the sky at the same time… sometimes one following directly behind the other. At one point I did a one hour tally and counted 50. This puts this display pretty much in line with the summers biggest shower, in August, the Perseids.
Later that eve when I arrived at home I had the good fortune to view a shadow transit on Jupiter through my C11. I also had a good look at the still shrinking great Red Spot on Jupiter
Did anyone else see the show? Let us know what you saw or didnt see!
What about sunday night…. did anyone see any?
Sunshine Coast Centre RASC