Jan 4/5/6/7 Meteors

January is usually the beginning of the doldrums for meteor observing. With no major showers till the  summer and background Sporadic rates at an annual low, rates should start dropping and stay low for a few months. Still our cameras are picking up a healthy number of meteors especially from the minor December Leonis Minorid shower.

Usually I run 2 cameras from my site in Tucson. For the past 2 nights I’ve only be operating my zenith pointing camera. The north facing camera has been temporarily sidelined while I use its computer test a new all-sky camera. Hopefully this camera will be one of many all-sky cameras in southern AZ for the detection and study of bright fireballs. If I get any good ones over the next few nights I’ll be sure to post them here.

Bob’s notes from the night of Jan 5/6 : “Thick cirrus clouds delayed the start of my observing session tonight. After 2240 PST the clouds were thin enough to allow observations. It was never totally clear tonight as thin cirrus moved in and out all morning long. The last 53 minutes produced some good activity.”

… and for the night of Jan 4/5 : “Thick cirrus clouds delayed the start of my observing session tonight. After 2200 PST the skies remained clear most of the night. The December Leonis Minorids were quite active tonight producing eight meteors.”

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT DLM AHY JLE QUA
TUS  2010-01-07   07h 24m   13  9   0   3   0   0   1
SDG  2010-01-07   08h 53m   52  41  4   4   0   -   3
TUS  2010-01-06   12h 07m   17  13  2   1   0   0   1
SDG  2010-01-06   07h 13m   37  30  3   3   0   0   1
TUS  2010-01-05   11h 44m   24  13  4   5   0   0   2
SDG  2010-01-05   07h 53m   51  38  3   8   1   0   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)
ANT - Antihelions
DLM - December Leonis Minorids
AHY - Alpha Hydrids
JLE - January Leonids
QUA - Quadrantids

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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