Nov 11/12 Meteors

Bob’s notes from last night say it all… “Cirrus clouds produce nice sunrises and sunsets but they wreck havoc on meteor observations, especially when the moon is full and bright. Such was the case last night as seen from the San Diego area. The bright moon and thin cirrus obscured more than one half of the expected activity. Luckily the forecast calls for clear skies the remainder of the week and through the weekend.”

In Tucson, conditions were a little better though cirrus wrecked the observing early in the night (I didn’t even bother turning on the camera for the first few hours) and for a stretch in the middle of the night.

It was a good night for the Taurids, especially the Southern branch. We are also picking up a good number of Leonids though these are very much end-of-the-night meteors.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA LEO
TUS  2008-11-12  07h 28m  24  11  1   9   3
SDG  2008-11-12  08h 26m  41  27  4   8   2

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
LEO – Leonids

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

One Response to Nov 11/12 Meteors

  1. JP says:

    I was returning home from work around 10:00pm on November12th when I witnessed a Taurid for the first time in my life. It was in the Southern region of the sky. It was spectacular and lasted several seconds.

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