Possible 252/P-Generated Meteors, 27-29 March 2016

Seen any good fireballs lately?
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Possible 252/P-Generated Meteors, 27-29 March 2016

Post by Christopher K. » March 23rd, 2016, 4:03 pm

The Comet 252/P LINEAR continues to excite. Not only has it brightened appreciably, but Earth will be passing through clouds of dust ejected by the comet from 1894 to 1926. However, I'm slightly confused as to the time period, which is quite brief. Sky & Telescope says 28/29 March--meaning the night of Monday the 28th. The original Astronomical Telegram (number 4267) states that contact with the dust cloud will begin at March 28.0 UT; that's 7pm CDT on the 27th. Oh, well. Look both nights!

More information:
http://www.cbat.eps.harvard.edu/iau/cbe ... 004267.txt

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Re: Possible 252/P-Generated Meteors, 27-29 March 2016

Post by Christopher K. » March 28th, 2016, 4:12 pm

Last night was rainy; tomorrow night will be cloudy. So this is it! Anyone interested in gauging the strength of this potential shower should look between 8:45pm and 11:15pm, preferably facing the southeast most of the time. Good luck!

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Re: Possible 252/P-Generated Meteors, 27-29 March 2016

Post by Christopher K. » March 28th, 2016, 7:30 pm

BRAS member Krista has asked me about the radiant location. The predicted radiant is in Lepus, underneath Orion. So if one faces southeast any potential meteor should zoom across one's field of view.

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Re: Possible 252/P-Generated Meteors, 27-29 March 2016

Post by Christopher K. » March 31st, 2016, 12:39 pm

Well, how frustrated can an amateur astronomer be? I was going to search for only one hour, so I discontinued the search after ten straight minutes of sixty percent cloud cover. I did view from 8:45pm to 9:15pm and did not see anything.

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