Nov 18/19/20 Meteors

The rate of Leonids is falling after Monday morning’s peak. Though the Leonids put on a great show for those in Europe, the Moon and low non-outburst rates made for a less than exciting display over the States.

I wasn’t able to get any data on the night of Nov 18/19. The reason? Operator failure. I forgot to turn the camera on. I usually double check these things but didn’t that night.

From Bob Lunsford’s notes: “Leonid rates increased a bit as expected on the morning of the 19th. They still fell well short of what was seen on the morning of the 17th. Rates fell by two-thirds on the 20th and now only a few Leonids will appear each morning until they disappear for another year. Overall meteor totals are improving as the moon wanes and becomes less of a nuisance.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA LEO AMO
TUS  2008-11-20  11h 11m  24  12  4   4   4   0
SDG  2008-11-20  11h 39m  76  57  8   2   6   3
TUS  2008-11-19  00h 00h
SDG  2008-11-19  08h 34m  64  36  3   5  18   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
AMO – Alpha Monocerotids

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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