Friday, September 14, 2007

The online space news site Space.Com has published a story written by Peter Jenniskens of the airborne Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign. This event was witnessed by only twp observers in 1994 and one in 1986. This year far more people, perhaps thousands, managed to catch the shower due to the predictions of the time based on modelling by Jenniskens' team. Observers in the eastern USA, Brazil and Europe, while unable to directly see the meteors, detected them by listening for distant radio signals. The peak rate at 4:04 PDT detected by the airborne observers was about 100/hour, and the airborne crew saw around 120 meteors each. This meant that they outshone the August Perseids, even if only for a very brief time (see blogs on this post for August and September for more about both the Perseids and the Aurigids). Further details on the results can be found at the above link and also at . The latter link also gives details on what was seen by ground observers who lived where the shower was visible that night.

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