Oct 1/2 Meteors

It was another great night last night. The 27 meteors my system detected is a personal record for a night that wasn’t near the peak of one of the better meteor showers. Only nights near the peak of the Lyrids, Southern Delta Aquarids, and the Perseids produced more meteors. FYI, my system has only been up and running since last March. I would suspect that nights around the peaks of the Orionids, Geminids and perhaps the Quadrantids will also produce many more meteors.

Bob reported “another totally clear night in Southern California. The camera ran all night from 7:25pm to 5:50am and captured a total of 81 meteors. The meteors were not as bright as the previous night but several of them were still impressive.”

Last night also marked the beginning of activity for the Orionid meteor shower. These pieces of Comet Halley will dominate our observations by mid-month.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA DAU ORI
Carl 2008-10-02  10h 33m  27  24  1   0   0   2
Bob  2008-10-02  10h 25h  81  57  6   11  1   6

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)
NTA – Northern Taurids
STA – Southern Taurids
DAU – δ-Aurigids (Delta Aurigids)
ORI – Orionids

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

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