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2009 Perseid Meteor Shower
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Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 12:17 AM.
Perseid Meteor Fireball that fell to my NNE and was visible across several states..
I recieved this email from someone who saw my picture on spaceweather.com:
I live in Springfield MO and am sure my wife, a friend and I witnessed the fireball you photographed last night. One of my wife's favorite sites is spaceweather.com and she was delighted to find your picture there. I took the liberty of submitting a link to your site to our local KY3 news along with a description of what we saw. We were lounging in our back yard enjoying the scent of our night-blooming jasmine when that fireball soared over our heads. The duration was about 4 or 5 seconds, it traveled from due north to south covering at least half of the visible sky and broke up, fanning out slightly in it's final second. So we're not sure it couldn't be classified as a bolide! We checked the time after recovering our wits and it must have been around 12:15 a.m. when it occurred. Just wanted to share the experience and say thanks for catching it with your camera!
Springfield, MO is about 100 miles NNE from my location north of Ozark, Arkansas (In Northwest Arkansas). There are now reports as far away as near Kansas City and throughout much of SW Missouri and NW Arkansas.
August 4, 2009 at 3:25 AM.
A brillant Delta Aquariid Meteor.
The nearly full moon is making it difficult to photograph meteors but if the meteor is bright enough it just doesn't matter! I got this at 3:25am this morning. I am nearly 100% sure this is a Delta Aquariid. Its nearly completely opposite the Perseid radiant. The trail was easily visible for 4 minutes. However, you can make out the trail (just barely) for a full 14 minutes.
Looking on the American Meteor Society Fireball Sightings Table this meteor was also seen over in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (80 Miles East of me)
Keep checking back for more Perseid Meteors. They will be posted below:
August 13, 2009
Tonight started off much more active than last night. I would estimate the rates at least of 40-60 meteors per hour. The shower seemed to really start winding down towards dusk. There were many earthgrazers but no fireballs. Here are 10 of the best. I think that one in the second row in the middle was a pretty bright one...it could have been a fireball.
August 12, 2009
I saw a few earthgrazers between 9 & 10PM including one nice -4 fireball that left a trail for a few minutes. I had my camera setup looking right at it but I was defogging the lens at the time and missed it! I got 3 meteors between 12 and 1am, 6 between 2 and 3am, 5 between 3 and 4am, and 5 between 4 and 5am. I didn't get anything spectacular and even the fireball if I had got that wouldnt have been anything close to the other meteors I have gotten the last two weeks. Here are 9 of the best meteors from last night:
August 10, 2009
Nothing great overnight. I watched for a couple hours after sunset and then some before work (2am). I saw 5 Perseids but they were all dim and very fast. I caught two with the camera but its not much to look at.
August 8, 2009
The bright moon is making it really difficult to catch any meteors. By the time the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on August 11 & 12th the Moon will be back down close to its last quarter phase and we will have a couple hours after dark before Moonrise so there is hope... and of course any bright meteors/fireballs will be easily visible. Here are a couple non-meteors from overnight.
July 31, 2009 at 9:24 PM
(another nice one near the edge of the field of view!).
This was low in the northeastern sky. It was also battling fading sunlight and a 3/4 moon. Considering all that it was obviously a very bright fireball! This meteor was not a Perseid.
Looking on the American Meteor Societys Fireball Sightings Table it appears this meteor was seen as far away as Harrisbury, Illinois (230 Miles to my NE) and as far West as Cushing, Oklahoma (178 Miles West of me and 410 miles Southwest of the Illinois Sightning)