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Geminids 2014

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Geminids 2014

I've started to see a few Geminid meteors on my cameras, see for example this one from this morning. Maximum night is Dec 13/14 (the night of the BAA Christmas Meeting) and by then the Moon will be much less of a problem than it is now. The Geminids are the best shower of the year with peak rates (ZHRs) of around 100. Best rates will be seen after midnight with the radiant reaching maximum altitude around 0200UT.

We hope to have a live feed from my cameras during the nights around maximum. While TV systems are becoming more common visual observations are still welcome and will be valuable if you follow the guidance on the Meteor Section's visual observing page.

Best of luck with the weather.

Nick.

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Geminid maximum night

A good clear night with only a few periods of cloud here in Chelmsford last night. My two cameras picked up a total of 265 Geminids (with 33 sporadics in the same period). Here are some of the best taken from my December summary page:

There are lots more on the BAA live meteor page. If you are registered on the BAA website please go there and vote on the best ones. That helps to promote the best images to the top of the page so that visitors will see spectacular meteors rather than the Essex Police helicopter!

Nick.

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Geminids

Hi,

Poor weather washed out the peak night sadly but the night before had 8 1/2 hours clear and the night after about 6 1/4 hours mostly nclear with some cloud and showers.

A decent haul and some nice captures but only one useable Geminid spectum. It shows a very prominent magnesium line (left most large peak) and a lesser sodium line. The other fainter lines are also magnesium and iron.

 

Cheers,

Bill.

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Nice result

Bill,

That's a nice result. A direct measurement of the composition of a little piece of 3200 Phaethon!

Nick.