So, how did the Camelopardalids rate?

Viewers reported a very disappointing performance by the meteor shower (peaking at 5-10 visible meteors per hour in dark sky sites), but in fact it really was as intense as predicted — it’s just that since nobody could know ahead of time how big the particles were, nobody knew they’d be too small to be seen.  The vast majority of meteors detected by sensors were 6th-7th magnitude, too faint to be seen even under the darkest of dark skies.  But radar tracking sites detected an intense burst of meteors all the same, as that can detect them even when they are extremely faint.  The bright pink spot to the north in this image is the Camelopardalids, detected by the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar.

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So they were there after all, but don’t stay up late to see them the next time they come around.  😉

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