Gamma Delphinid Meteor Shower A No-show

Just a quick update. So far there have been no reports of a meteor shower from the constellation Delphinus earlier this morning. We appear to have missed the stream of debris left behind by the long-ago comet. Spaceweather’s Dr.Tony Phillips suggests it’s also possible the meteoroids were too small to produce meteors bright enough to see with the naked eye. I’ll have more information at a later time.

For those who went out for a look, I hope you enjoyed your time under the stars all the same.

20 Responses

  1. Donna Bush

    I did not realize there were a meteor shower last night and I did see one around 11pm in the northern sky. I was standing out in the driveway talking to a friend and seen it. And I looked up meteor showers on the internet today just to see when the next one was because my friend had never seen one. I live in Western West Virginia.

    1. Sean

      a single meteor shower does not a shower make! there are meteors all the time not associated with a shower, and a low amount of meteors from other showers that aren’t at peak, so it’s probable that one of the latter options is what u saw.

  2. Charles Coburn

    I might have captured one very faint one. I took a series of about a hundred 20 second images of the area from Cygnus to Aquilla between 1 and 3am PDT and found four possibles. Dr. Jenniskins at SETI confirmed three appear to be satellite tracks and one may actually be a Gamma Delphinid. Two hours of imaging for one possible faint one, not exactly a “storm.” It was a beautiful night in the California Sierra Nevada foothills though, so I can’t complain.

    1. astrobob

      Nice work Charles. Even a little bit of data can help better interpret what happened. I’m like you, too. There are times I go out to see a specific thing and never succeed, but there’s always the beautiful night.

      1. Dan Bledsoe

        I saw the following this early morning at 29.9481° N, 93.9169° W

        3:02 a.m., one short very bright almost burst, no tail

        4:08 a.m. a satellite crossing the top of the dolphin (which I think looks more like a flag on the 18th green being blown by a strong wind)

        4:20 a.m. a faint but long streak about 5 degrees below Altair from an east to south direction.

        Hope that helps.

  3. Daniel

    I didn’t even know about this shower until I looked it up after seeing a bunch of meteors. I happened to be outside in the early morning and saw 8 of them. I guess I might have had an advantage being in the middle of nowhere with no light pollution. I wish I owned a device that could have recorded them. It was at about 2-2:30am Mountain time.

    1. astrobob

      Did you notice the direction they were coming from? If you could trace them back to Delphinus, they could be shower members. Experienced meteor watchers didn’t see much of anything of the Delphinids yesterday morning.

      1. Daniel

        I’m don’t really know much about astronomy, so I don’t really know what Delphinus looks like, but they were all in the southeast area of the sky, at least from New Mexico.

        1. Sean

          the area of the sky isn’t for the most part important. what is important is the direction they were coming from. basically u mentally draw a line from the beginning of visibility of the meteor, backwards, straight, in the opposite direction of the meteor’s movement, and its radiant is somewhere along that line. sometimes u only notice it midway thru flight which makes it a little harder to even judge the radiant. ultimately combining the knowldge of what u saw with what showers are active can give u a good guess as to whether the meteor was part of one or another particular shower, or a sporadic one, i.e. not associated with any shower

  4. John

    On June 12th 2013 at 07:30 GMT I have heard a considerable number of meteor pings (most sounding Spanish) while monitoring 87.7 MHz FM on my car radio, driving across Norwich, Norfolk, UK.
    I wonder if they were from the Gamma Delphinids?

    Best wishes, John.

    1. astrobob

      Hi John,
      Hard to know but if you can estimate the number, why not send that information to the e-mail in my blog. It could possible be useful.

  5. r teutsch

    Yale and Apollo Richardson, Tx Yesterday morning one meteor appeared just after 5:00am and this morning one appeared again at the same time next to a constellation whose name escapes me but looks like a cone with a handle pointing north.

    Each object emitted more white light than anything else in the sky for no more than one second and seemed larger than any other.

  6. John

    Hi Bob,

    Sorry, the time of my observation was way out. It was actually 05:30 UCT (GMT). About 5 pings in total over a 45 minute period and 3 within 10 minutes, of which 2 had a Spanish voice.
    I often hear a random ping but the number this morning made me suspect a meteor shower. I googled to find which one and was surprised to learn of the Gamma Delphinids.
    I have sent a report to the email address in your blog as you suggest and hope the information may be of interest or use.
    If it was Gamma Delphinids, then they were about a day late!

    Best wishes, John.

  7. Cherie

    I live on Vancouver Island – last night after coming off the BC ferry travelling south on the HWY, I saw a large meteor travelling from west to east – iot was large enough to see several parts break off, and there was not much of a trail – it seemed close, and took about 15 seconds to disappear.

    1. Sean

      as bob said, nice one, and fyi this wouldn’t have been a gamma delphinid since delphinus is only in the W sky during daytime this time of year. which perhaps u already knew! lol

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