Oct 17/18/19 Meteors

The level of Orionid activity continues to build. Roughly half of the meteor activity from the past 2 nights has been from the Orionids.

From Bob (10/18): “High clouds and fog interfered with observing tonight.”

Obs Date (UT)  TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA ORI OCU SSA EGE LMI
TUS 2009-10-19 04h 41m  41  13  0   1   22  0   2   2   1
TUS 2009-10-18 07h 26m  57  19  3   4   26  1   1   1   2
SDG 2009-10-18 10h 30m  59  29  -   5   21  -   1   2   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)
NTA/STA – Northern and Southern Taurids (includes Antihelions)
ORI – Orionids
ZTA – Zeta Taurids
OCU – October Ursae Majorids
SSA – Sigma Arietids
EGE – Epsilon Geminids
LMI – Leonis Minorids

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

2 Responses to Oct 17/18/19 Meteors

  1. Chelsea says:

    i saw this light green comet? or something shooting out of the sky very close to earth 99.9% sure it hit the ground? 3 eye witnesses i really hope someone could help me find out what happened that nigh it was going west in randall MN and looked like the size of a baseball from where me and my family were.

  2. Barbara VanDyne says:

    Hi Chelsea – not sure if we witnessed the same thing, but last night right before midnight MST in Colorado, my fiance and I witnessed an object brighter than a shooting star with an AMAZING trail traveling west. It was very beautiful and traveling very fast!

    In addition, we also witnessed a very odd pheonomenon. We saw what appeared to be a transparent lime “kite” shape object traveling south to southeast very slow. It made absolutely no sound.

    Did anybody else witness this???

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