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Short .gif from a .ser video, captured last night (12th) with my ASI385MC and the supplied all-sky-lens.
We had a lovely clear night last night. The best we've had in ages. The battery died on my old laptop - probably due to the sub zero temperature - so only managed a few 5 minute videos. I saw lots more before I decided to set up the camera.
Tonight; peak; is completely clouded out! Surprise, surprise!!
I also had my Mother-in-laws dog as a stargazing companion/hot water bottle. Excuse the finger in the shot, my wife is a bit of a technophobe!
Some of you may be aware of the Radio Meteor Detection collaboration Project which is a group of contributors who submit their monthly log files after which do a number of things with the data see here for more info: https://radiometeordetection.org/about
Our latest exciting project is to see if we can successfully match Radio and Video events to aid our understanding of meteor phenomena, so we are now starting to Map Radio Meteor Altitudes for GRAVES.
The attached PDF gives a full description of this project
The project brief and maps can be found here: https://radiometeordetection.org
If you want any more information or feel you can help in any way, please do get in touch
Mapping Radar Meteor Altitudes for GRAVES.pdf
The weather forecast was poor when I looked out of the window at about 10:15pm BST, Tuesday hoping for a chance to see a few Perseids. Instead I saw repeated, bright flashes of light. I assumed a neighbour's floodlight was on the blink, but it was lightning.
For the next 40 minutes I stood outside enjoying the best display of (mostly) sheet lightning that I have ever seen in the UK. Every few seconds there were multiple flashes from random directions covering all points of the compass, illuminating some cloud layers & backlighting others. It was completely silent; no thunder so a little bit spooky, like the opening scene from some dystopian sci-fi movie. There was no wind so the storm hardly moved at all.
After a while 2 banks of cloud to my SW and NW started to produce brilliant forked lightning flashes; first one, then the other, like a choreographed firework display. Still silent so they must have been many miles distant although they seemed quite close. All the forks seemed to be within clouds, I saw no ground strikes. This perfectly matched the ancient idea of angry gods hurling lightning bolts across the heavens at each other.
At 11pm I heard the first rattle of thunder, and rain drove me indoors but the lightning continued for at least another hour. Amazing!
But what of the meteors? Well for most of the time there was 100% cloud cover, but from 10:20 to 10:30pm there was a 15 degree hole near the zenith and at about 10;25 a beautiful yellow Perseid fireball zoomed past Vega, heading South-West, as if fleeing from the storm.
So for the Perseids I will be Livestreaming from 18:00 UTC 12 August through to 18:00 UTC on the 13 August - Live stream will be found here on You Tube
I tend to stream most days but will always stream over Meteor Peaks
We managed to capture an event at 18:10 UTC on 29 May 2020 which coincided with the extensive Sporadic-E at that time the video is on the Channel