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September 16, 2007 Meteors



I have noticed quite a few meteors over the last several days and they seem to be shooting out of the constellation Camelopardalis. If confirmed, this would not be the first time Camelopardalids have been seen. In 2005, SETI scientists observed another burst of meteors from Camelopardalis on October 5, 2005.

The burst of meteors radiated from a direction on the border of the constellations Draco and Camelopardalis, and the new shower is called the October Camelopardalids. The meteors were caused by dust ejected by an Intermediate Long-Period comet during its previous return to the Sun, and the detection of the comet's dust trail implies that the comet itself could wander into Earth's path, if so directed by the gravitational pull of the planets. The comet itself has not yet been discovered and is likely to return to Earth's vicinity only once every 200 - 10,000 years. Chances are very small that Earth will be at the intersection point at the time of the return, hence, there is no immediate concern. The dust, however, is forensic evidence that may provide more insight into the nature of this new comet when the meteor shower is seen again in the future..

It now looks as though these meteors were not part of any meteor shower but likely just isolated random meteors.

Also on Saturday (9/15) a meteor fireball crashed to earth in the remote Puno region of Peru. Click HERE for a article I posted on the 40/29 weather blog about the incident

The 1st picture shows the meteors and the 2nd picture shows the constellation superimposed on them to show the radiant of the meteors..