13 August 2014 at 7:08 am #573371Nick JamesParticipant
Quick summary of last night’s observations from Chelmsford. It cleared around 2100UT and was then clear, mostly, until dawn. A preliminary analysis shows that my two cameras picked up 263 events, of which 185 were Perseids. All of the detections were shown on the BAA live page and the extracted meteor events are listed here.
There were many bright events but the most spectacular was a nearly head-on Perseid at 02:00:11 UT which had a terminal flare considerably brighter than the Moon and a long-lived persistent train. This was detected on my SE camera but it was so bright that the sky flash also triggered the NW camera. An MP4 video of this event is here and the image stack showing the terminal flare is here. In that picture the Moon is at bottom right and the meteor at top left.
How did other observers get on?
Attachments:13 August 2014 at 10:12 am #576644Jeremy ShearsParticipant
A bit of a frustrating night here at Bunbury, with drifting cloud banks, although some breaks between 21.40-00.00 and 02.30-03.15 UT. I shouldn’t complain as the wx forecast was for complete cloud cover. In total, the 2 video cameras (3.8 mm f/0.8 pointing SSE and 12 mm f/0.8 pointing N) caught 61 meteors of which 19 were Perseids.
I fared a bit better the previous night (Aug 11/12), although again there were many cloud banks moving through. A total of 106 meteors, of which 25 were Perseids.
Jeremy13 August 2014 at 7:34 pm #576645RickzkmParticipant
We had some clouds on 5 cameras at first but it quickly cleared out and on average 80-90 meteors per night per camera. As far as I know UKMON network was fully operational for the Perseid peak.13 August 2014 at 7:39 pm #576646David Scanlan, FRASParticipant
Was a good night here in Hampshire
Total of 79 meteors detected over a 3 hour period
Dave14 August 2014 at 10:37 am #576651Jeremy ShearsParticipant
A slightly better night last night: clear(ish) from 2115-0030 and 0210-0320.
The 2 cameras caught a total of 90 meteors, of which 34 appear to be Perseids.
Hope others had some luck.
Jeremy14 August 2014 at 8:35 pm #576656Peter CarsonParticipant
I think I witnessed the bright Perseid meteor at 02:00:11UT… through the frosted glass of my bathroom window!!
I had finished a nights comet imaging just before 02.00UT and was getting ready for bed. The bathroom was in darkeness so I didn’t disturb my sleeping wife…however my following rush for a clear glass window to view the sky probably did disturb her!!
Can’t say I can confirm seeing the persistant train though.
Peter14 August 2014 at 10:56 pm #576657Nick JamesParticipant
That is a classic observation but perhaps doesn’t conform to the Meteor Section’s rules!
Pete Lawrence also got it from Selsey and his excellent image is on the spaceweather.com front page today. This has allowed us to confirm that the track started at the Orwell Estuary and ended somewhere around Bradwell on the Dengie so it would have been to the north of you. From comparison with the Moon the terminal burst was brighter than mag -12 for around 80ms or so.
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