Observation Report: March 22, 2013, @ North Andover Soccer Fields

My Daughter and I went down to the North Andover soccer fields early this evening to observe PanSTARRS. We did see the comet although we had to deal with some thin bands of passing clouds near the horizon. We also observed the Orion nebula, the double cluster, Jupiter, the Pleiades and the moon. Our tools were a pair of binos and a spotting scope.

While we were there we saw a very bright meteor that lasted for several seconds. Probably the brightest I have ever seen. It originated towards the WSW and its trajectory was about 25 deg above and almost parallel with the horizon as it traveled towards the SW. It varied in color from a green/blue to orange, bright white then it broke up into smaller pieces as it faded. Definitely the highlight of the night.

I later learned that several people from Maine to Washington D.C. observed this very bright meteor. http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/23/us/east-coast-meteor-sightings/index.html

 

Clear Skies,

Kevin Hocker

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