Oct 8/9 Meteors

The rate of Orionids visible each night continues to climb as we approach their peak on Oct 21.

From Bob’s notes:

“Fog formed over the Pacific coast this morning. Luckily my site was just far enough inland to remain clear all night. I may not be so lucky during the next few nights as a low pressure system moves inland north of us. It was strange that no Northern Taurids were imaged tonight.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA DAU ORI GIA
Carl 2008-10-09  10h 25m  21  12  1   3   2   3   0
Bob  2008-10-09  10h 38m  69  49  0   8   2   9   1

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
GIA – Giacobinids (also known as Draconids)

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

5 Responses to Oct 8/9 Meteors

  1. Castro says:

    Myself and several others saw a large fireball travelling southeast at approx 9:30pm from Cleos in Wicker park, Chicago. My view of the fireball lasted about 3 seconds, and it was still burning when it vanished below my horizon (downtown).
    Very cool.

  2. rbh says:

    I saw this too from Effingham Illinois….

  3. Kim says:

    Me too, from North Shore Lake Superior, Duluth
    October 8

  4. Karl Fabian says:

    Saw a massive fireball from Hickory Hills, IL (SW Chicago suburb) Oct 9 at 9:05pm traveling SW to SE as bright as the moon and 1/4th size of moon. Bright white then turning orange with fiery train of red orange sparks. About 3 second duration at about 40 degree elevation. Believe it or not the very next evening OCT 11 my son saw also from Hickory Hills the same meteor described by Castro from Wicker Park. Not as bright as the one on the 9th but still awesome.

  5. Karl Fabian says:

    CORRECTION: Second fireball was seen by my son on Oct 10 not 11

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