The Aurigids (AUR) Meteor Shower 2007 put on a great show on 1st September 2007

This was a very short-lived and intense shower, lasting about an hour and forty minutes, starting around 10h30m and ending at around 12h10m UT. The outburst was accurately predicted by Jeremy Vaubaullion, Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen.

The shower peaked during daylight in Europe, but was visible from America westwards. A special flight of two observing aircraft from the SETI Institute went up to 45,000ft to photograph and film the shower. Some results can be found here.

But daylight didn't stop European meteor observers from seeing (and hearing) the show. RMOB observers around the world witnessed a flurry of large fireballs lasting about 1.5 hours. One of the images from my 143 MHz system is below.

Follow this link to my Flickr photo site to see my own Aurigids fireball gallery.


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