Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 April 2016
The spectra of 25 meteors, recorded with an image-orthicon technique in December 1969, are studied in relation to similar records made in August of the same year. Of 19 Geminid meteors in the absolute visual magnitude range 0 to + 2, only one showed any evidence of the forbidden line of oxygen at 5577 Å, while all Perseid meteors recorded in August exhibited the oxygen line, a result of the large difference in geocentric velocity between the two showers. Atoms identified in faint Geminid meteors include neutral iron, magnesium, calcium and sodium. The molecular bands of nitrogen are also observed.