n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Observations of the Geminids in 2004




Extracted from text ... mnassa vol 64 nos 5 & 6 90 Observations of the Geminids in 2004 Tim Cooper Director, ASSA Comet & Meteor Section PO Box 14740, Bredell, 1623, South Africa tpcoope@mweb.co.za Introduction Despite the fact that the Geminids are classified as a northern shower, they provide a reliable display of meteors from southern Africa, with hourly rates exceeding the ? Aquarids, which is the most southerly major annual shower. The maximum normally falls on about December 13/14, with rates dropping quickly thereafter. The meteor stream is known to be mass-sorted, with brighter meteors occurring later in the activity profile. Lunar conditions especially favoured observing in 2004, and several ASSA members contributed observations which enabled us to assess the performance of this shower as ..


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