Oct 26/27 Meteors

Last night’s rates are the lowest since Oct 16/17. That’s true for both total rates and Orionid rates. In the next few days the total rate should fall into the low-20s which was the average value in early October before the Orionids ramped up. Luckily we still have the Taurids and a relatively high rate of Sporadics to keep things interesting over the next month.

Bob traveled to Alpine, CA where the sky is much darker than his usual  location near San Diego. He notes “The Orionids are still producing in excess of ten meteors per hour. The number of Epsilon Geminids is surprising as this shower is nearly over. Perhaps most of these are actually Orionids?”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA ORI EGE LMI
Carl 2008-10-27  11h 18m  38  15  3   4   14  2   0
SDG  2008-10-27  04h 00m 131  55  5   6   49  13  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
EGE – Epsilon Gemininds
LMI – Leo Minorids

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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