Mar 21/22/23 Meteors

The past month or so has been difficult for meteor observing from both San Diego and Tucson. Though it has rarely rained this winter, the past few months have been plagued by clouds.

Last night finally saw clear skies over both sites. Even with the clear skies, activity remains at its normal low March levels. Half of the meteors detected in Tucson appear to radiate from the antihelion region in Virgo. This continues a trend from the past week.

We also say goodbye to the Gamma Normids (GNO). This minor shower is best observed from the Southern Hemisphere and is difficult to observe from the US. Over the past 2 weeks, one possible GNO was seen over San Diego while none were picked up over Tucson.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT GNO
TUS  2009-03-23  09h 40m  8   4   4   
SDG  2009-03-23  05h 01m  20  18  2   
TUS  2009-03-22  04h 55m  2   1   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)
ANT – Antihelions
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

One Response to Mar 21/22/23 Meteors

  1. Melissa Newhouse says:

    Someone please answer this….Sunday, March 22nd, I was driving home on Highway 14 (washington State) going East… In the NE sky I saw a bright light streak across the sky then disappear. What was this?

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