Dec 6/7 Meteors

Clouds were again an issue for the first couple of hours of the night. With a storm forecast to move through AZ,  tonight and tomorrow night may not be as productive.

The Sigma Hydrids (HYD) continue to put on a nice show with 5 of last night’s 34 meteors (15%) being from that shower. Though the there is video evidence that the Geminids (GEM) started a few weeks ago, last night marked the 1st night that the software I use was specifically looking for Geminids. (Any Geminids seen on previous nights would be flagged as Sporadics (SPO). When the data is analyzed in greater detail, the early Geminids will be identified.) A single Geminid was seen last night. By the end of next week, we will be seeing many more Geminids.

TUS  2008-12-07  08h 45m  34  25  0   1   1   0   2   5

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
GEM – Geminids
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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