archive: SETI Re: [ASTRO] January's chilly meteors - the 1999 Quadrantids

SETI Re: [ASTRO] January's chilly meteors - the 1999 Quadrantids

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Tue, 29 Dec 1998 10:11:31 -0500

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>>28 Dec. 1998 January's Chilly Meteors - The 1999 Quadrantids
>>
>>One of the year's most intense meteor showers, the Quadrantids,
>>begins tonight. The shower stretches from Dec. 28 through Jan. 7
>>with a sharp maximum on Jan. 3, 1999. The Quadrantids are the
>>only major annual meteor shower whose source, presumably a comet
>>or an asteroid, remains unknown. Readers are invited to observe
>>the upcoming shower and to submit their data for analysis by scientists
>>studying the structure and origin of the Quadrantid meteoroid stream.
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>>FULL STORY at
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>>http://science.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/ast28dec98_1.htm<<
>
>The IMO lists the source for the Quadrantid meteor shower as comet
96P/Macholz
>I
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>I was just going over this website last night and noted that it will get you
>messed up if you try to observe the quadrantid meteor shower based on the
info
>it provides. It suggests that due to a very bright moon, you should observe
>between the hours of 5pm and 7 pm local for an observer at 38N latitude. This
>way you can avoid any moon effects. The problem with this is that the shower
>radiant doesn't rise until around midnight. 7 to 5 hours later. Unless you
are
>way up in Canada somewhere with the radiant being circumpolar, it would be a
>complete waste of time. You shouldn't expect to see any Quads until sometime
>between 11pm and midnight.
>George Zay
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