(meteorobs) Draconids questions

Bruce McCurdy bmccurdy at telusplanet.net
Fri Oct 5 22:34:53 EDT 2007

Mikhail wrote:

> On 7 October two meteor showers can give some activity enhancements.
The first is Draconid shower, computations show that during 7 Octover it
may produce a very weak activity with ZHR perhaps not higher than
several meteors with low average brightness. Computed moments of two
peaks are 4:40 UT ...

... and Bob wrote:

> The Draconids (GIA) are predicted to peak on October 9 near 0430 Universal
Time. This corresponds to the evening hours of October 8 for those located
in the American longitudes. ... The radiant is best placed just as it becomes dark during the
evening hours. 

    Just wanting to confirm that we are dealing with two separate dates here, an "activity enhancement" on the 7th and a traditional peak on the 9th, and that by coincidence both occur at the same time of day. That translates to ~2130 MDT, which nicely meets Bob's criterion above. 

   The Draconid shower is one that has completely eluded me to this point, so I'd love to take a crack at it. In a perfect world I'd try on both of these dates, but that might not be possible. Any thoughts as to which evening might be "better"? Or more scientifically significant?



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