Nov 27/28 to Dec 1/2 Meteors

The past fews days have seen a combination of bad weather and/or hardware problems, hence the low number of postings the past few days. The storm that shut down the Tucson and San Diego cameras right after Thanksgiving has moved out. Bob was able to get his cameras back on the sky 3 nights ago. One of my cameras is back online but my zenith pointing camera is suffering from some water in its lens. This was probably caused by condensation. Unfortunately this will require taking the lens apart (which is the easy part, putting it back together in a usable fashion is the big unknown) or buying a new lens. So it is possible my numbers will seem a bit low for the next few days. Hopefully I can get everything back up and running in time for the Geminids.

Bob’ notes for the night of Nov 30/Dec 1 : “It was clear the entire night. The full moon severely reduced the number of meteors recorded tonight.”

… for the night of Nov 29/30 : “After two nights of clouds and rain the skies have cleared again. The bright moon affected observations until 10 UT (2am PST). The Sigma Hydrids were the most active shower tonight producing 5 meteors.”

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT NTA LEO NOO AND HYD PSU PHO PUP
TUS  2009-12-02   11h46m    8   1   2   -   -   1   -   2   1   0   0
TUS  2009-12-01   07h45m    13  7   1   -   -   1   -   2   0   0   2
SDG  2009-12-01   11h56m    31  22  -   3   -   3   -   3   0   0   0
SDG  2009-11-30   11h16m    59  42  -   4   4   3   0   5   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 – Northern Taurids (includes Antihelions)
LEO – Leonids
NOO – November Orionids
AND – Andromedids
HYD – Sigma Hydrids
PSU – Psi Ursae Majorids
PHO – December Phoenicids
PUP – Puppids/Velids

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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