Jan 7/8/9 Meteors

Sort of the same old, same old the past few nights… a steady drizzle of sporadic meteors, a few weakly active showers and some lost time due to passing clouds. Not included in the numbers below were the 15 meteors seen on the night of Jan 7/8 by my all-sky camera. Some of those meteors were also seen by the smaller FOV, but deeper zenith camera. I’m getting excited over the prospects of running multiple all-sky cams from different sites for orbit determination.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT DLM AHY JLE QUA XCB
TUS  2010-01-09   11h 35m   17  14  1   1   0   0   1   0
SDG  2010-01-09   11h 03m   46  39  2   5   -   -   0   -
TUS  2010-01-08   11h 10m   18  13  0   1   0   0   4   -
SDG  2010-01-08   10h 53m   20  12  4   2   2   -   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)
ANT - Antihelions
DLM - December Leonis Minorids
AHY - Alpha Hydrids
JLE - January Leonids
QUA - Quadrantids
XCB - Xi Coronae Borealids

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 Jan 7/8/9 Meteors

  1. Terri Williams says:

    Hi there! I live in Florida and we’ve been having some realllllly cold weather here the past week or so…..down in the mid-20s. BRRRRRR. To get to the point, at about 3:37 a.m. (Eastern time) early Sunday, (January 10th) morning, I went down to my barn to check on my pigs, goats and barn water pipes. I was just about 30 feet from the barn entrance and I saw something really bright out of the corner of my eye. I looked towards it and saw the BIGGEST “shooting star” I have ever seen in my life. It seemed so close and huge compared to the kazillion other ones I had seen.
    It was to the south of my location (South Florida) and was moving from the east to the west. I got to watch it for about 5-7 seconds before it appeared to burn out. It was just a beautiful thing to see. I don’t know beans about astronomy other than being able to ID the Big Dipper over the Little Dipper, so please excuse me if I misidentify what it was.
    I was curious to see if anybody else had seen it and did a Google search which led me here. I had to share it with somebody, so there you have it. I sure hope there were others that witnessed this beautiful sight!

    Terri Williams, Florida

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