(meteorobs) September Perseids

Robert Lunsford lunro.imo.usa at cox.net
Mon Sep 1 20:35:56 EDT 2008

Paul and All,

The activity dates listed indicate when the shower reaches a ZHR of 1. 
Shower activity can be seen before and after these dates but at an extremely 
low level. You can list these meteors as SPE's if they fall within a week of 
the listed activity dates. Just remember that at such low levels the chance 
of a sporadic imitating a shower meteor is high, especially this time of 

Bob Lunsford

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <pmartsching at mchsi.com>
To: "meteorobs" <meteorobs at meteorobs.org>
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 9:54 AM
Subject: (meteorobs) September Perseids

> During my last four observing sessions 28/29 Aug - 31 Aug/1 Sep) I have 
> seen
> what look like September Perseids (fast, quite a few trains; rates 
> generally
> less than one per hour - with several exceptions) apparently coming from a
> radiant in the general vicinity of Mirfak in Perseus (about where the SPE
> radiant should be on those dates) - yet I read this shower isn't supposed 
> to
> begin till about September 5th.  Am I to consider these to just be 
> sporadics???
> If I see similar meteors 4 nights from now they will be called September
> Perseids without question.
> Paul Martsching

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