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Re: UK Meteor Blast Mystery

From: Robert Moore <ENGIMA9@compuserve.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 20:59:10 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 22:06:15 -0400
Subject: Re: UK Meteor Blast Mystery

Dear All,

Re Meteor Blast Mystery (yet again)....

In regards to these various meteor events, I am beginning to
think that something significant has been happening over the
present couple of months.

Has anyone noticed that there's been _two_ major meteor -display
events in as many months! (i.e those sufficiently noticable
enough to spark off England-wide "UFO" scares).

The previous 11-12th June event was interesting, too, in the
light of what has happened recently. Not only was a "blue"
coloured bolide (fireball meteor) seen at approx. 0000hrs on the
12th June, but there was seemingly also some extra meteor-shower
activity at 2300hrs on the 11th June. Additionally, it also
appears that there was a _further_ bolide display (or maybe even
two!) observed over various parts of the UK - again on the 11th
June - at around 18.22-18.40 hrs!

That's a bit odd, considering the meteor showers which were
"active" (the Ophiuchids & June Lyrids showers) are (normally)
fairly weak ones. This level of meteor activity strikes me as a
bit abnormal. It might all be down to chance, but it doesn't
seem that way at present.

I have a (very) provisional idea _why_ this "clustering" of
meteor activity _might_ be happening......

Are we experiencing some "enriched" meteors showers (or simply
clusters of interplanetary "space-dust") which has been causing
these notable repeat meteor/meteor-shower events? We know
meteor-showers are "seeded" by cometary material. Could
Hale-Bobb (or another body) have enriched the local
interplanetary environment last year with extra cometary
material(which subsequently has resulted in these displays?).

In the light of this, it is interesting to note that that the
Bootids shower (which occurred on the 26th-27th June) _was_
associated with an "unusually high rate of noticably-bright
meteors". The activity of meteor showers have been known to
fluctuate from year to year. For example there was a very
spetacular display in the mid-19th (or 18th!) century where it
was claimed that the night sky was virtually "swarming" with
meteors for several hours.

Is something similar happening now (albeit on a _much_ smaller
scale)? How many meteor reports have you had over the past few
months or so? Have they been higher than usual?

You see, "boring" IFOs can be interesting, after all! And
important too....._if_ these reports _do_ indeed indicate that
we are passing through greater-than-normal levels of
"interplanetary dust".

But, then again, it might just be a chance cluster-effect.

However, it doesn't seem like that at the moment!

Even several UFO websites have also noticed a higher-than-normal
level of "UFO" events generated by bolide activity.

Robert Moore,