Dec 1/2 Meteors and Last Night’s Conjunction

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful Venus-Jupiter-Moon conjunction last evening. There was some cirrus here in Tucson but it didn’t spoil the show. In fact, the seeing was great and a group of us where able to see some great views of the 3 in my 12″ dobsonian. The coolest thing was Jupiter’s volcano moon Io casting a shadow on the clouds of Jupiter. Wish I could have taken some pictures of it.

Even though the Moon is rapidly moving further away from the 2 planets, Venus and Jupiter will still be near each other for the next few days. So it’s not too late to see the sight.

As for meteors, it finally dried out in Tucson after last week’s storm. No more early morning dew means my camera was able to detect meteors for the entire night. Two dozen meteors a night should be about average until the Geminids ramp up this weekend.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT MON PHO PUP
TUS  2008-12-02  10h 29m  24  20  3   1   0   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)
ANT – Antihelions
MON – December Monocerotids
PHO – December Phoenicids
PUP – Puppids/Velids Complex

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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