Saturday, May 24, 2014

1552m 2014/05/24

1552m 2014/05/24 03:25:–04:00 EDT Foxmead N and E windows 3 ne

A new meteor shower with a radiant in Camelopardalis was predicted for 03:00–04:00 this morning. I woke up at 03:25 EDT (07:25 UT), and watched out my north- and west-facing windows through 04:00 EDT (08:00 UT). Transparency was poor; I could only see stars down to about magnitude 3.5.  I saw nary a single meteor.  Just to prove I was awake, I did see a nice passage of the ISS around 03:40 EDT (07:40 UT), confirmed on Heavens-Above.

Friday, May 16, 2014

51 years ago today...

...I made my first variable star observation for the AAVSO. Sara Beck at the AAVSO just sent me a scan of that first report:

The AAVSO is like an elephant: they never forget!