Apr 18/19 Meteors

Meteor rates are still low but the 2 detected Lyrids are a sign of things to come. As we approach the Lyrid peak on Wednesday morning, the number of Lyrids should rapidly increase. Last year, the Tucson camera detected 34 Lyrids with 26 happening on the nights of April 20/21 and 21/22.

Last night also saw the beginning of activity for the Eta Aquarids. These meteors from Comet Halley will peak on May 5/6 though this shower is more of a southern Hemisphere event.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT PPU LYR ETA
TUS  2009-04-19  09h 17m  8   6   0   0   2   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
PPU – Pi Puppids
LYR – Lyrids
ETA – Eta Aquarids

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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