Nov 24/25 Meteors
November 25, 2008 7 Comments
Clouds were a problem all night long in Tucson. As a result, only 3 meteors were seen.
One of the meteors was a very nice, bright Southern Taurid that crossed almost the entire camera field of view (~60 degrees). What makes this meteor even more impressive is the fact that it was observed through thick cirrus. In the video below only one star is visible. [Even though there are 3 bright “stars” visible in the upper right part of the frame, the two “stars” closest to the right edge are not stars but “hot pixels”. “Hot pixels” are detector pixels that are brighter than normal.] The only actual star is Deneb, the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA AMO TUS 2008-11-25 06h 57m 3 2 0 1 0
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
AMO – Alpha Monocerotids