Jan 17/18/19/20/21 Meteors

It has been awhile since I posted the nightly video meteor results. Most of these results are from last weekend and earlier this week. Intermittent clouds have made it difficult to detect many meteors. Also the past 3 nights have been completely clouded out. Though it is once again clear, the clouds will soon return as the forecast for next week calls for another multi-day rain event.

This time of the year is rather boring for meteor observing. There are no major showers until April and the rate of Sporadic meteors are at their yearly low

This January seems to be making up for its low number of meteors but providing many bright fireballs. One of the meteors detected by my camera on Jan 17/18 was a nice -5 magnitude fragmenting fireball.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT COM
TUS  2009-01-21  07h 25m  2   2   0   0
TUS  2009-01-20  11h 20m  13  10  2   1
SDG  2009-01-20  11h 47m  27  24  1   2
TUS  2009-01-19  06h 55m  12  12  0   0
TUS  2009-01-18  02h 00m  2   2   0   0
SDG  2009-01-18  11h 50m  27  23  2   2

TUS – Camera in Tucson operated by Carl Hergenrother
SDG – Camera in San Diego operated by Bob Lunsford
TotTime – Total amount of time each camera looked for meteors
TOT – Total number of meteors detected
SPO – Sporadics (meteors not affiliated with any particular meteor shower)
ANT – Antihelions
COM - Coma Berenicids

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About Carl Hergenrother
I am a professional astronomer specializing in the study of comets, asteroids and meteors. This blog will focus on my professional and amateur work in this field

2 Responses to Jan 17/18/19/20/21 Meteors

  1. danielle says:

    i saw the most amazing fireball in the sky on jan. 20th! it was the biggest thing ive ever seen in the sky. it burned bright neon green for a good 3 or 4 seconds. i saw it driving north thru southern utah.

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