CAMS Networks detect possible return of Chi Cygnid meteor shower

CAMS Networks detect possible return of Chi Cygnid meteor shower

Chi Cygnid

On Friday night, the CAMS networks in Chile, Australia, South Africa and Namibia detected the return of what appears to be the Chi Cygnid meteor shower (IAU number 757). This small shower may still be ongoing and should stand out because the meteors are slow-moving (as far as meteors go: 20 km/s). The shower was discovered by CAMS in 2015, when it had an outburst that lasted over a week during Sep. 14–25. At the time, the radiant was in the constellation Cygnus. This year, it returned unexpectedly in late August and the radiant is now between the constellations of Delphinus and Aquila. Based on eight orbits calculated from triangulated meteors, these meteoroids originated from a still-to-be-discovered Jupiter Family comet.

Senior Research Scientist Peter Jenniskens has published a short paper on this shower online in eMeteorNews, where it gives some background and expectations about this shower. 
Read full paper HERE.

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