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PREVIEW of 144 MHz-Activities for the upcomming METEOR-Showers

UPCOMING METEOR SHOWERS: FEBRUARY - MARCH 2016

Only minor showers hit the Earth in February - March. The most significant is Capricornids / Sagittariids (Peaking February 2nd, 04h UT), a medium-ZHR daytime shower; its radiant culminates at relatively low elevation in northern emisphere skies. Note that recent radio results indicate that Capricornids / Sagittariids maximum may fall variably sometime between February 1-4.

Southern Enisphere observers will check activity of α-Centaurids. The average peak ZHR of this shower, between 1988-2007 was only 6 hr-1; but in 1974 and 1980 outbursts of few hours’ duration yelded ZHR close to 20-30 hr-1.

Even γ-Normids deserve a careful check in the southern Emisphere, although IMO data from 1988-2007 indicate an average peak ZHR of about 6 hr-1 (at λsol=354°). Observing rsults since 1999 have suggested the possibility of a short lived peak between λsol = 347°-357°, equivalent to 2016 March 7-17. However, a recent video analisys has indicated that the activity occurs preferentially around March 25 (λsol=4°) instead.

Sporadic meteors are now reaching their seasonal minimum, but MS contacts via “sporadics”are still possible, especially in early morning hours.


For Radio Observers, the (Theoretical) UT peaks for upcoming showers in February-March 2016 are as follows:

Capricornids / Sagittariids (Daytime shower)
Active: January 13 – February 04
Maximum: February 02, 04h UT (λsol= 312.5°)
ZHR: Medium

α – Centaurids (Southern Emisphere shower)
Active: January 28 – February 21
Maximum: February 08 (λsol= 319.2°)
ZHR: Typically low (6 hr-1) but may reach 25 hr-1

χ- Capricornids (Daytime shower)
Active: January 29 – February 28
Maximum: February 14, 05h UT (λsol= 324.7°)
ZHR: Low

γ – Normids (Southern Emisphere shower)
Active: February 25 – March 28
Maximum: March 14 (λsol= 354°)
ZHR: Low (6 hr-1)

(Source: IMO)




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