Nov 18/19 Meteors

Leonid activity is rapidly decreasing in intensity with rates less than half of what they were just a night ago. Still the nights are producing lots of meteors. Last night saw a large number of “long” meteors that traveled over 20 degrees of sky. The best example can be seen in the video below. This sporadic meteor was seen at 9:22 pm MST (4:22 UT). It actually starts in the FOV of my zenith camera before moving far enough north to enter the FOV of my northern camera (the video below is from the north camera). If you look closely at the beginning of the video you will notice material falling off the meteor. Unfortunately my system dropped a few frames which is why the meteor appears to jump ahead a few times.

Bob’ notes for the night of Nov 18/19 : “Clouds plagued observations most of the night so meteor numbers are far below what they should be.”

Obs  Date(UT)  Time    TOT SPO NTA STA LEO AMO NOO AND OER
TUS  Nov-19   11h51m    69  35  4   4   17  2   5   1   1
SDG  Nov-19   07h42m    37  25  2   2   8   0   2   0   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)
NTA/STA – Northern and Southern Taurids (includes Antihelions)
LEO – Leonids
AMO – Alpha Monocerotids
NOO – November Orionids
AND – Andromedids
OER – Omicron Eridanids

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 Nov 18/19 Meteors

  1. Sonja says:

    Hello,

    I was driving on Hwy 101 near Santa Maria California the night of Wed, Nov 18th. I saw a great fireball cross the sky for a good amount of time. It was rounded in the front with greenish fire around and behind. What did I see? Comet or meteor? It was a little after 7pm PST and it was amazing!

    Thank you.

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