posted on Jun, 10 2013 @ 06:40 AM
Expected return of the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower on June 11, 2013
Posted by Chiffre on June 07, 2013
In early June 2013 we may witness the return of the gamma Delphinids, a rather elusive meteor shower. Three observers from American Meteor Society
noticed a short-lived meteor outburst from unknown source on June 11, 1930. Only a few meteors from this shower are thought to have been observed,
originated from the gamma Delphinids, but those identifications remained delicate. Recent estimates by experts suggest that 2013 and 2027 might be the
best years for a repeat performance.
A fresh return of gamma Delphinids might take place on June 11, 2013 around 08:28 UTC. With a slim waxing crescent Moon, viewing conditions will be
perfect for seeing whether any activity happens or not. As of this time no zenithal hourly rate (ZHR - the number of meteors a single observer would
see in one hour under a clear, dark sky if the radiant of the shower were at zenith) estimate had been proposed for the event, nor any indication of
the possible particle sizes or meteor brightnesses that could be involved. The gamma Delphinids are rather fast for meteors moving at a speed of 57
km/s, or 127,500 mph.