21 March 2016

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 21MAR2016

Twin Comets may Spark Rare Meteor Shower (+Video)
Before It's News
Little is known about meteors from these comets, so estimates of the meteor rate are very uncertain. http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=252P;orb=1

Rapidly Brightening Comet 252P/LINEAR to pass near Earth Monday
... to that of Earth's orbit. So, it's not out of the question that this comet leaves some debris in its wake. And, this may result in a new meteor shower.

Massive Green Meteor Spotted Over UK On St Patrick's Day
In the early morning of March 17, hours before the Saint Patrick's Day festivities began, the skies of Britain were lit up by a bright blue-green meteor.

St. Patrick's Day Fireball Full Report
UK Meteor Observation Network
This time it was the UK's turn to enjoy a spectacular meteor event, which occurred in the early morning March 17, 2016 at 3:16:54 UT (i.e. GMT).

March issue of Meteorite Times
March issue is now up.

Event 1089-2016
Fireball event
Events in 2016 1089-2016 KML. AMS received one report about a fireball seen over CA on Saturday, March 19th 2016 around 05:30 UT. D. Sound.

Ravi Jagtiani
March 21 at 5:49pm
via Laintal Sibornal 's RASNZ newsletter
====7. Weak Meteor Shower
March 28-29?
Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center; and J. Vaubaillon, Institut de Mecanique Celeste et de Calcul des Ephemerides, Paris, report that, in the wake of the close 0.0356-AU approach of comet 252P to the earth on Mar. 21, it is possible that a new meteor shower will appear on Mar. 28 and 29. A standard model was developed by integrating the orbit of the comet back to A.D. 1850 and ejecting dust at each perihelion passage since that time. After forward-integrating these particles to March 2016, it was found that at no time this year are the densest dust trail sections in the earth's path. Instead, a diffuse cloud of perturbed meteoroids ejected during 1894-1926 is calculated to be in the earth's path between Mar. 28.0 and 29.417 UT. Dust ejected in 1921 is predicted to peak Mar. 28.5 and 28.958 UT, respectively), while dust from 1915 would peak at March 28.75. Slow meteors will radiate from a geocentric radiant at R.A. = 5h08m, Decl. = -16.3°, with velocity 11.1 km/s.
Rates will be low.
-- From Central Bureau Electronic Telegram 4267, 2016 March 17.
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