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Below see different versions of the meteor showers for 2015:




None of the moonless peaks of greatest activity fall on a weekend. The perseid shower takes place in the summer and I will focus on that even tho it could be very hot at Gold Basin.

Is there a cooler summer location we could consider this year like Holbrook? (It can be very hot there too.) This would be meteorite hunting without gold nugget hunting.

If anyone has a suggestion let's kick it around for a week or so.


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The cooler location in August sounds good...

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Just got up to watch the eclipse this morning. Got me a new set of binoculars 15x70 celestron good view and fun.

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I'll just give this thread a tap.

Everyone is setting dates and locations ... who would be interested in a 'common viewing?' We could set a date, do hunting during the day and watch the meteor shower on a peak night. It would be nice to have a couple of 'experts' out with us.


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I'm interested, but I'm not an expert....

I've just been waiting for a few people to set a date and then I can see how it fits in the family schedule.

I'll continue to watch this thread for updates.


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Thanks for the bump.

The BEST meteor shower is going to be at a time when it is too hot to prospect during the day. Here it is:

PerseidsActive from July 13th to August 26th 2015

The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. The Perseids are active from July 13 to August 26. They reach a strong maximum on August 12 or 13, depending on the year. Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 shower members per hour at maximum.The Persesids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system. They are called Perseids since the radiant (the area of the sky where the meteors seem to originate) is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus the hero when at maximum activity.

Radiant: 03:12 +57.6° - ZHR: 100 - Velocity: 37 miles/sec (swift - 60km/sec) - Parent Object: 109P/Swift-Tuttle

There are going to be two outings the first two weekends in November. One is the Nugget Shooter outing the 6-8th and the next weekend there will be an outing honoring the Gold Basin meteorite field. Please go to one or both of these and you will see meteorites each night. The second weekend will have the experts.


Peak night
Nov 11-12

Northern TauridsActive from October 19th to December 10th 2015

This shower is much like the Southern Taurids, just active a bit later in the year. When the two showers are active simultaneously in late October and early November, there is sometimes an notable increase in the fireball activity. There seems to be a seven year periodicity with these fireballs. 2008 was the last remarkable year. Perhaps 2015 will be the next?

Radiant: 03:52 +22.7° - ZHR: 5 - Velocity: 18 miles/sec (medium - 30km/sec) - Parent Object: 2P/Encke

1_m7.jpgPeak night
Nov 17-18
LeonidsActive from November 5th to 30th 2015

The Leonids are best known for producing great meteor storms in the years of 1833, 1866, 1966, and 2001. These outbursts of meteor activity are best seen when the parent object, comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, is near perihelion (closest approach to the sun). Yet it is not the fresh material we see from the comet, but rather debris from earlier returns that also happen to be most dense at the same time. Unfortunately it appears that the earth will not encounter any dense clouds of debris until 2099. Therefore when the comet returns in 2031 and 2064, there will be no meteor storms, but perhaps several good displays of Leonid activity when rates are in excess of 100 per hour. The best we can hope for now until the year 2030 is peaks of around 15 shower members per hour and perhaps an occasional weak outburst when the earth passes near a debris trail. The Leonids are often bright meteors with a high percentage of persistent trains.

Radiant: 10:08 +21.6° - ZHR: 15 - Velocity: 44 miles/sec (swift - 71km/sec) - Parent Object: 55P/Tempel-Tuttle

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I'm planning on attending the Gold Basin nuggetshooter outing the first week of November. Won't be able to make the second outing....

I have tried to view the Perseids meteor shower several times and usually the monsoon clouds make it rather difficult. Maybe this year will be the exception...


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12 Mi NNW of Rich Hill @ 5000' elev. is a nice place- no light pollution and lots of space to camp on our property. Will be around sometime during the shower.

PM if interested.


Sorry, not much space for camping- only 43 acres

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