Orbits and emission spectra from the 2014 Camelopardalids
|Author||Madiedo Gil, José María
Trigo Rodríguez, Josep Maria
Ortiz, José L.
Moreno Ibáñez, Manuel
G. Morillas, Lorenzo
Sánchez de Miguel, Alejandro
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear|
|Abstract||We have analysed the meteor activity associated with meteoroids of fresh dust trails of Comet 209P/LINEAR, which produced an outburst of the Camelopardalid meteor shower (IAU code #451, CAM) in 2014 May.With this aim, we ...
We have analysed the meteor activity associated with meteoroids of fresh dust trails of Comet 209P/LINEAR, which produced an outburst of the Camelopardalid meteor shower (IAU code #451, CAM) in 2014 May.With this aim, we have employed an array of high-sensitivity CCD video devices and spectrographs deployed at 10 meteor observing stations in Spain in the framework of the Spanish Meteor Network. Additional meteoroid flux data were obtained by means of two forward-scatter radio systems. The observed peak zenithal hourly rate was much lower than expected, of around 20 meteors h−1. Despite of the small meteor flux in the optical range, we have obtained precise atmospheric trajectory, radiant and orbital information for 11 meteor and fireball events associated with this stream. The ablation behaviour and low tensile strength calculated for these particles reveal that Camelopardalid meteoroids are very fragile, mostly pristine aggregates with strength similar to that of the Orionids and the Leonids. The mineral grains seem to be glued together by a volatile phase. We also present and discuss two unique emission spectra produced by two Camelopardalid bright meteors. These suggest a non-chondritic nature for these particles, which exhibit Fe depletion in their composition.
|Citation||Madiedo, J.M., Trigo Rodríguez, J.M., Zamorano, J., Izquierdo, J., Ocaña, F., Ortiz, J.L.,...,Sánchez de Miguel, A. (2014). Orbits and emission spectra from the 2014 Camelopardalids. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 445 (3), 3309-3314.|