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2014 May 23-24 Camelopardalids:

map Dark region shows area where shower is visible. Image by Mikhail Maslov.


Lyytinen/Jenniskens (2006):
Date: May 24, 2014
Time: 06:33-07:49 UT
Radiant: at 125, +78
Speed: slow 19.4 km/s
Trails: 1818, 1853, 1903, 1909, 1914 and 1979
Peak rate: unknown (comet not observed in these years)

Vaubaillon (2012):
Date: May 24, 2014
Time: 07:40 UT
Duration: 05:55-09:25 UT
Trails: 1803-1924
Peak rate: 100-400/h

Ye/Wiegert (2013):
Date: May 24, 2014
Time: 06:29 UT
Duration: 00-15 UT
Radiant: at 122, +79
Trails: 1798-1979
Peak rate: 200/h

Maslov (2013):
Date: May 24, 2014
Time: 07:21 UT
Duration: May 23.2-25.5
Radiant: at 122.8, +79.0
Trails: 1898-1919
Peak rate: 100/h


Inquiries about the possible new shower can be directed to Peter Jenniskens.


flight plan

SETI Institute research team ready for the shower. From left to right: Ron Dantowitz, Peter Jenniskens, Mike Koop and Jim Albers.

preparations for takeoff

Pilot Connor cleans the windows of the aircraft in preparation for departure.

Ron Dantowitz

Team member Ron Dantowitz, director of Clay Center Observeratory at Dexter Southfield Schools, Brookline, MA.


Back from a successful mission. From left to right: Jim, Mike, Alan, Ron and pilot Connor.

CAM at 074813 UT
Camelopardalid with a strong wake at 07:48:13 UT, May 24, captured near the horizon in the constellation Corvus in one of the intensified cameras during the airborne observing campaign.

spectral imager result
An example of one of images taken by the spectral camera is shown above, showing the planet Mars and its first order spectrum on each side. Mars will travel through the coma of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding-Spring) on October 19 this year.

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Last update: May 7, 2014

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