Oct 27/28/29 Meteors and a Colorado Fireball
October 29, 2008 8 Comments
The Orionids continue to slow down. Also both the Epsilon Geminids and the Leo Minorids are no longer active. Even with the decreased number of meteors, rates are still higher than in early October. In fact, the Tucson camera just broke the 1000th meteor mark for the month of October. This has been far and away the best month so far for that camera. This doesn’t mean there are more meteors visible in October than any other month. For one, the Tucson camera only started operations in March so there is no data for Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb. Also July and August have very high meteor rates but most of those months were clouded out by the monsoon.
There have been many reports of a bright fireball observed over Colorado early last evening. The fireball occurred on Oct 28 at 7:28:50 MDT. Thomas Ashcraft of northern New Mexico was not only able to see the meteor with his eyes he also was able to get images of it on his all-sky meteor camera. More on his observations can be found on his webpage at
Thomas also looks for meteors by detecting the signal of distance TV and radio stations reflected off of a meteor’s ionized debris trail. Audio of the signals reflected off of last night’s fireball are also at the above site.
Chris Peterson is the operator of an all-sky meteor camera in Colorado. He also detected the fireball. A website dedicated to his observations and those of others in Colorado can be found at
On this blog, SooYee left a comment describing the view from north of Denver, “Last night on 10/28 at 7:30PM (Mountains Time), I saw something very fast and bright flying across the sky (as I was facing South towards Denver, CO) from the East to West right below the Jupiter.”
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA ORI TUS 2008-10-28 11h 20m 36 14 1 2 19 SDG 2008-10-28 09h 00m 98 59 8 10 21 TUS 2008-10-29 11h 22m 35 22 1 3 9 SDG 2008-10-29 09h 52m 91 54 8 10 19
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)
NTA – Northern Taurids
STA – Southern Taurids
ORI – Orionids