Dec 6/7 to 9/10 Meteors

After a few days of clouds, a little rain (0.2″ ) and a soggy camera lens, my system was back up and running last night. The soggy lens is still drying out. In the meantime, I had to buy a new (used) lens which made its debut last night.

The big story this week is the build-up in the activity level of the Geminids. Peak activity will be this Sunday night/Monday morning.

Bob’ notes for the night of Dec 9/10 : “After nearly a week of clouds and rain, the sky cleared today. It was short-lived though as high clouds moved in during the night. The evening hours were mostly clear but the more active morning hours were mostly cloudy. I still managed to record 31 meteors, 9 of them belonging to the Geminid shower.”

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT NTA GEM HYD MON KDR PHO PSU PUP DAD DLM
TUS  2009-12-10   10h 58m   37  7   3   -   13  6   2   -   -   3   0   0   3
SDG  2009-12-10   11h 49m   31  14  -   4   9   2   -   -   0   0   1   1   -
TUS  2009-12-09   02h 41m   1   1   0   -   0   0   -   0   0   0   0   -   0
TUS  2009-12-06   08h 19m   27  6   4   -   3   8   -   1   0   0   1   -   3

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)
ANT – Antihelions
NTA – Northern Taurids
GEM – Geminids
HYD – Sigma Hydrids
MON – Monocerotids
KDR – Kappa Draconids
PHO – December Phoenicids
PSU – Psi Ursae Majorids
PUP – Puppids/Velids
DAD – December Alpha Draconids
DLM – December Leonids 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

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