Dec 3/4 Meteors and a few Sigma Hydrids

Some cirrus rolled in at the end of the night, but not enough to keep the Tucson camera from detecting 28 meteors. Amazingly 4 of them were from the minor Sigma Hydrid (HYD) shower. According to Sirko Molau’s analysis of video meteor data, the Sigma Hydrids have a broad peak covering the nights of Dec 3-13. Perhaps the 6 Sigma Hydrids picked up over the past 2 nights are a hint of more activity to come.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT MON PHO PUP HYD
TUS  2008-12-04  12h 03m  28  22  1   1   0   0   4

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
HYD – SIgma (σ-) Hydrids

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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