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Perseid maximum night

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?

Nick.

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Perseids max

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.

Go well!
Jeremy

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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.

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Was a good night here in

Was a good night here in Hampshire

Total of 79 meteors detected over a 3 hour period

Dave

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Perseids Aug 13/14 (max night +1)

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.

Go well!
Jeremy

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Bright meteor at 02:00:11UT

Hi Nick,

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.

Peter

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Peter,

Peter,

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.

Nick.