Oct 14/15 Meteors

Activity is ramping up as the Orionids build towards next week’s maximum. Between Bob’s and my cameras 28 of the 159 or ~18% of last night’s activity were Orionids. A fair bit of activity is also being detected from the Antihelion showers (Taurids, Zeta Taurids and Sigma Arietids). An additional ~18% (29/159) were from Antihelion showers.

Bob’s note for 10/15: “After a week of clouds and some sprinkles the sky finally cleared. With the moon now a thin crescent and very transparent skies, the meteor rates skyrocketed.”

Obs Date (UT)  TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA ORI ZTA OCU SSA
TUS 2009-10-15 10h 38m  50  29  0   5   10  2   1   3
SDG 2009-10-15 10h 01m 109  70  -   14  18  1   2   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)
NTA – Northern Taurids (includes Antihelions)
STA – Southern Taurids (includes Antihelions)
ORI – Orionids
ZTA – Zeta Taurids
OCU – October Ursa Majorids
SSA – Sigma Arietids

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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