Mar 3/4/5 Meteors

Thick clouds have kept the Tucson camera shut down the past 2 nights. Bob is having better luck in San Diego.

From Bob’s notes for the night of Mar 3/4:

“Despite occasional clouds some nice, bright meteors were recorded tonight including my first Delta Leonid and Gamma Normid. It is interesting to note that these two showers, which are active (?) at the same time, have little actual data to prove their existence. I would bet that future radiant lists will delete the Delta Leonids altogether and move the Gamma Normid radiant northward to a more active point in the sky where activity actually seems to be occurring this time of year.”

and for the night of Mar 4/5:

“High clouds gave way to mostly clear skies during the night. I started the camera just after midnight but by 4am low clouds were beginning to form and soon afterward it began raining. Oh well, the lens needed cleaning anyway! Several of the 10 meteors I ended up capturing were quite bright.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT DLE GNO
SDG  2009-03-05  03h 57m  10  9   1   0   0
SDG  2009-03-04  09h 51m  24  20  2   1   1

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
DLE Delta Leonids
GNO – Gamma Normids


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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