ALERT! Possible Impact at Jupiter

Ethan Chappel of Cibolo, Texas, reports a possible impact in the cloud tops of Jupiter on August 7, 2019 at 4:07 UTC as can be seen in the image here (found on Ethan’s own web site at www.ChappelAstro.com). His equipment was a Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain.

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More on this can be found on the ALPO Facebook page. The image here is from Ethan’s own web site.

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Perseids in Progress!

The following information is from the American Meteor Society web site. Robert Lunsford, our own ALPO Meteors Section coordinator wears two hats!

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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 17 to August 24. 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 Perseids 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.

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

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The Perseids will next peak on the Aug 12-13, 2019 night. On this night, the Moon will be 94% full.

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Direct your meteors inquiries to:

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Robert Lunsford
lunro.imo.usa@cox.net

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