Regular and transitory showers of comet C/1979 Y1 (Bradfield)
1 Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Science, Dúbravská cesta 9, 84504 Bratislava, Slovakia
2 Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Science, 05960 Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia
Received: 17 February 2017
Accepted: 17 May 2017
Aims. We intend to map the whole meteor complex of the long-period comet C/1979 Y1 (Bradfield), which is a proposed parent body of the July Pegasids, No. 175 in the list of meteor showers established by the Meteor Data Center (MDC) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
Methods. For five perihelion passages of the parent comet in the past, we model associated theoretical stream, its parts, each consisting of 10 000 test particles, and follow the dynamical evolution of these parts up to the present. Subsequently, we analyze the mean orbital characteristics of those particles of the parts that approach the Earth’s orbit and, thus, create a shower or showers. The showers are compared with their observed counterparts separated from photographic, radio, and several video databases.
Results. The modeled stream of C/1979 Y1 approaches the Earth’s orbit in two filaments that correspond to two regular (annual) showers. We confirm the generic relationship between the studied parent comet and 175 July Pegasids. The other predicted shower is a daytime shower with the mean radiant situated symmetrically to the July Pegasids with respect to the apex of the Earth’s motion. This shower is not in the IAU MDC list, but we separated it from the Cameras-for-Allsky-Meteor-Surveillance (CAMS) and SonotaCo video data as a new shower. We suggest naming it α-Microscopiids. The stronger influence of the Poynting-Robertson drag deflects the stream away from the Earth’s orbit in those sections that correspond to the July Pegasids and the predicted daytime shower, but it makes the stream cross the Earth’s orbit in other sections. Corresponding showers are, however, only expected to survive during a limited period and to consist of particles of sizes in a narrow interval. We identified one of these “transitory” filaments to the 104 γ-Bootids in the IAU MDC list of meteor showers.
Key words: comets: individual: C/1979 Y1 (Bradfield) / meteorites, meteors, meteoroids
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