Falling Stars: A Guide to Meteors and Meteorites by Mike D. Reynolds

By Mike D. Reynolds

A simple, thorough examine all elements of meteors and meteorites, together with how and the place meteors originate, while and the place to observe for them, and the way to categorise, acquire, and safeguard meteorites. Meteor showers, fascinating meteorite craters, and tektites are all mentioned intimately. additionally encompasses a complete directory of meteorite organizations, purchasers, museums, and references. a useful advisor for someone attracted to astronomy.

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This is important for two reasons: (1) If print film, the developer might think that it was incorrectly exposed because the prints are all of lines (star trails and possibly a meteor or two); (2) if slide film, the person mounting the slides might not be able to tell where each slide begins and therefore may cut the film incorrectly (a solution to this is to take one normal exposure at the beginning and the end of the roll, in addition to informing the developer that the film is of astronomical images).

A northern branch of the shower is also visible, with maximum occurring January 2. Zeta Aurigids are generally slow-moving meteors. ) Delta Cancrids December 14February 14 January 17 Alpha Leonids January 13-February 13 January 24-31 Aurigids January 31-February 23 February 5-10 Delta Leonids Early FebruaryMarch 19 February 22 3-5 Pi Virginids February 13-April 8 March 3-9 2-5 Beta Leonids February 14-April 25 Around March 20 3-4 Eta Virginids February 24-March 27 Around March 18 1-2 Theta Virginids March 10-April 21 Around March 20 1-3 Alpha Virginids March 10-May 6 April 7-18 5-10 Gamma Virginids April 5-April 21 April 14-15 up to 5 Lyrids April 16-April 25 April 21/22 10-20 April-May fireballs April 15-May 7 April 30 (varies) varies Eta Aquarids April 21-May 12 May 5 20+ May Librids May 1-May 9 May 6 2-6 Northern May Ophiuchids April 8-June 16 May 18-19 2-3 Tau Herculids May 19-June 19 June 9 1-2 Theta Ophiuchids May 21-June 16 June 10 10 June Lyrids June 10-June 21 June 15 up to 8 Pi Sagittariids June 1-July 15 June 18 5 Ophiuchids May 19-July 2 June 20 6 June Bootids June 27-July 5 June 28 1-2 June Scutids June 2-July 29 June 27 about 2-4 *Major showers shown in bold.

Coma Berenicids (around December 19 to December 29) in the constellation Coma Bernices. A weak shower, Coma Berenicids have no definite peak, with meteors being seen from December 12 through January 23. Coma Berenicids are fast meteors, exhibiting speeds of 40 mi/s (65 km/s). Ursids (December 22 and 23) in the constellation Ursa Minor with a ZHR of ten to twenty meteors per hour. Ursids can be seen all evening from December 17 through December 25, since the radiant is in a circumpolar constellation that never sets.

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