Nov 24/25/26/27 Meteors

As the rain falls (a little) on Tucson, I’ll let Bob summarize the meteor totals over the past few nights.

Bob’ notes for the night of Nov 26/27 : “Rates were down significantly tonight with big drops in the NTA’s and sporadics. The waxing gibbous moon is starting to take it’s toll on sky conditions and reducing meteor rates.”

… for the night of Nov 25/26 : “It was another totally clear night. Totals were similar to yesterday but without the wide swings in activity. The Northern Taurids were especially strong tonight producing 21% of the total activity.”

… for the night of Nov 24/25 : “Another totally clear night. Totals were similar to yesterday but the hourly rates were quite variable with wide swings in activity. The evening hours were unusually quiet. Perhaps the first quarter moon is beginning to show its effects. This was the last night for Alpha Monocerotid activity. While we say goodbye to this shower tomorrow we welcome the more active Sigma Hydrids, which peak on December 6th.”

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT NTA STA LEO AMO NOO AND HYD
TUS  2009-11-27   11h58m    29  18  1   -   -   2   -   6   0   0
SDG  2009-11-27   11h46m    53  38  -   7   -   1   -   4   1   2
TUS  2009-11-26   12h00m    47  35  3   -   -   2   -   10  0   0
SDG  2009-11-26   11h52m    70  46  -   15  -   3   -   3   1   2
TUS  2009-11-25   11h58m    45  31  -   1   3   3   3   4   0   -
SDG  2009-11-25   11h49m    64  41  -   9   -   4   3   5   2   -

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

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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