Fireball over Nothern Europe – Jan 17

A bright fireball was reported over the northern European countries of Sweden and the Netherlands. Undoubtedly the fireball was seen from other nations as well. Images and movies posted on-line suggest this fireball was as spectacular as the ones seen over Alberta/Saskatchewan in Canada on November 20. (Past posts on the Canadian fireball can be found here, here, and here.)

The fireball occurred on the night of January 17 at 20:10 (8:10 pm) CET or 19:10 UT. A video of the fireball taken from Sweden was posted on YouTube.

Still frames from the video can be found here.

A distant image of the fireball from an all-sky fireball monitoring camera in the Netherlands can be found here. The fireball is just visible above the northeast horizon.

Jan 16/17 Meteors

A bout of clouds kept the meteor count low in Tucson last night. In San Diego, Bob reports that “Meteor rates were similar to last night. Only a few birds and planes were seen tonight in addition to the meteors, which is normal.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT COM
TUS  2009-01-17  11h 54m  10  9   0   1
SDG  2009-01-17  10h 32m  39  32  4   3

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

Jan 14/15/16 Meteors

From Bob’s notes for Jan 14/15: “Rates were a bit stronger tonight. A slow increase should be expected as the moon wanes. This was the first near all night session in which there were no false detections, meaning that no bugs, birds, or planes passed through the field of view and triggered the detection system.”

Here in Tucson, I detected the usual 4-5 planes flying over the house. Meteor rates have been fairly strong the past 2 nights and are not much below the average levels in November and December.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT COM
TUS  2009-01-16  11h 59m  19  17  2   0
SDG  2009-01-16  11h 41m  38  31  3   4
TUS  2009-01-15  10h 59m  19  16  0   3
SDG  2009-01-15  10h 31m  35  31  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

Jan 13/14 Meteors

The relatively low levels of meteor activity that we’ve seen over the past week continues. This is due to a bright Moon during most of the night and low background meteor rates during January.

From Bob’s notes: “Rates were slightly less tonight as no Coma Berenicids were recorded. There was one sporadic fireball caught near the Big Dipper and a long “Earthgrazer” that crossed the entire field of view.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT COM
TUS  2009-01-14  12h 00m  12  12  0   0
SDG  2009-01-14  11h 52m  28  25  3   0

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

Jan 12/13 Meteors

From Bob’s notes: “Rates were much the same as the previous night. There was an increase in activity from the Coma Berenicids offset by slightly lower sporadic rates.”

In Tucson, the rates were exactly the same as the previous night.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT COM
TUS  2009-01-13  12h 02m  14  13  0   1
SDG  2009-01-13  09h 30m  32  22  4   6

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

Jan 11/12 Meteors

From Bob’s notes: “Rates were a little better tonight including some bright meteors, not quite reaching fireball category of magnitude -5.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT COM
TUS  2009-01-12  12h 02m  14  13  0   1
SDG  2009-01-12  10h 08m  34  29  4   1

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

Jan 10/11 Meteors

The Full Moon continues to make meteor observing difficult. With only 7 meteors detected during the entire night, last night was the lowest tally for an entire clear night since early June. Conditions should improve in a few days as the moon decreases in brightness and also moves south and out of the field of view of my camera.

From Bob’s notes: “The full moon continues to obscure the fainter activity resulting in rates of only 1/2 of normal for this time of year.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT COM
TUS  2009-01-11  12h 03m  7   7   0   0
SDG  2009-01-11  11h 55m  28  22  3   3

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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