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Bright Meteor 06th May 2013 at 03:12:41 GMT

The 2013 eta Aquarid shower was well observed and is the subject of an upcoming paper. The images / videos below are typical of the results obtained. Not many stars are visible as the radiant (the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to originate) rises above the horizon shortly before sunrise - as a consequence the meteors are viewed in the morning twilight. The fact that they are visible under such circumstances indicates just how bright these remnants of Halley's comet actually are - this one had a magnitude of -3.6. The top image shows the view from Leeds while the middle row of images shows the view from each of the Ravensmoor cameras. Note that both of the Ravensmoor cameras have been rotated clockwise through 90 degrees within their housings in order to minimise local overlap (see Nodes) and so what appears to be the bottom of the field of view is actually the left hand side.

Clicking on the image of the meteor itself will download / play a .wmv file of the event itself. Details of the date, time and location are shown in the text at the bottom of each video clip. In addition, we've also included images of the derived ground track and orbit.

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