[Iaude] CBET 4486: 20180208 : GAMMA LYRID METEOR SHOWER OUTBURST 2018

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                                                  Electronic Telegram No. 4486
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GAMMA LYRID METEOR SHOWER OUTBURST 2018
     A. V. Moorhead, Meteoroid Environment Office, NASA; P. G. Brown,
University of Western Ontario; M. D. Campbell-Brown, University of Western
Ontario; and D. E. Moser, Jacobs ESSCA Group, Marshall Space Flight Center,
NASA, report enhanced activity associated with the gamma Lyrid (GLY) meteor
shower based on data from the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar.  Shower activity
was noticeable between 10h and 13h UT on Feb. 5, with a peak (based on
numbers of meteoroid orbits determined from the meteor-echo detections)
between 11h30m and 12h30m UT, corresponding to an equivalent peak ZHR of
40-50 meteors/hr (assuming a differential mass index of 2.0).  Using a
wavelet-based measurement procedure (cf. Brown 2010, Icarus 207, 66), the
mean shower radiant is found to be around R.A. = 285 deg, Decl. = + 34 deg
(equinox J2000.0), with a geocentric velocity of 37 km/s, based on 112
measured echoes.  Significant activity was also detected in 2015; the radiant,
velocity, and solar longitude of the two outbursts is in exact agreement (cf.
Brown 2016, *Proc. of the Int. Meteor Conference*, pp. 42-45).  However,
activity in 2018 was noticeably higher (26 sigma above the background) than
in 2015 (18 sigma). These radar detections are approximately equivalent to
visual magnitudes between +7 and +8.  No corresponding enhancement in optical
meteor detections has been seen in data of the NASA All Sky Fireball Network,
the NASA wide-field camera network, or the Southern Ontario Meteor Network.
The parent body is unknown at this time.


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