Oct 10/11/12/13 Meteors

As predicted, a strong cold front moved through the southwestern US. Here in Tucson, we got a bit of rain (0.04″) though most of it fell during the day on Saturday. Clouds were a problem on both Friday and Saturday nights, but there were enough breaks in the clouds to catch quite a few meteors. Bob had better conditions in Chula Vista with only the 10/11th being affected by clouds.

Two of last week’s showers, the Delta Aurigids and the Giacobinids, are over. Two new showers take their place as the Tau Ursa Majorids and the Epsilon Geminids start up.

The moon will be Full tomorrow which will make it difficult to detect meteors for the next week or so. Even with the bright moonlight, observers may be able to catch a few Orionids (especially after midnight)

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA ORI TUM EGE
Carl 2008-10-11   6h 35m  17  10  1   4   2
Bob  2008-10-11  10h 32m  21  15  1   1   3
Carl 2008-10-12   5h 06m  16  13  0   2   1   0
Bob  2008-10-12  10h 37m  65  44  2   14  5   0   0
Carl 2008-10-13  10h 53m  19  10  2   0   6   0   1
Bob  2008-10-13   8h 12m  48  27  3   4   11  0   3

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
ORI – Orionids
TUM – Tau Ursa Majorids
EGE – Epsilon Gemininds

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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