Jan 28/29 to Feb 12/13 Meteors

February is usually a slow month for meteor watchers. There are no major showers active and even the background rate of sporadic meteors is near a seasonal low. Combine that with an active weather pattern in the US Southwest and the observed rates of meteors for my 2 meteor cameras have been rather low.

Bob’s notes from Feb 12/13: “Totally clear tonight. The hours prior to 2am (10 UT) were very slow with hardly any activity being recorded.”

… the night of Feb 11/12: “Clouds interfered with tonight’s session, reducing counts by 2/3rds.”

… the night of Feb 10/11: “I only recorded two meteors on February 9th before the skies clouded over. The 10th was a total loss. Tonight was a typical February night with a total number of meteors in the 30’s.”

… the night of Feb 9/10: “I only recorded two meteors on February 9th before the skies clouded over. The 10th was a total loss. Tonight was a typical February night with a total number of meteors in the 30’s.”

… the night of Feb 8/9: “The last four nights were lost due to clouds and rain. Tonight was mostly clear,
with a few drifting clouds, allowing the camera to operate again.”

… the night of Feb 3/4: “Last night was lost to clouds but tonight was perfectly clear. Rates were double tonight compared to recent sessions but only half that seen last month. Rates should improve slightly once the moon becomes less of a factor.”

… the night of Feb 1/2: “The last two nights were mostly cloudy and only a couple of meteors were seen each night. Tonight was a bit better but the bright moon is still a major factor, reducing the number of meteors seen.”

… the night of Jan 29/30: “No clouds tonight but a bright moon still severely hampered observations.”

… and the night of Jan 28/29: “Thick cirrus clouds and a full moon were a bad combination tonight. The highlight of the night was the capture of an Alpha Centaurid meteor.”

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT DLM ACE PIH BHE
TUS  2010-02-13   11h 00m   11  10  0   -   -   -   1
SDG  2010-02-13   10h 38m   32  30  2   -   -   -   0
TUS  2010-02-12   11h 14m   13  9   0   -   -   -   3
SDG  2010-02-12   07h 39m   10  9   0   -   -   -   1
TUS  2010-02-11   00h 35m   1   1   0   -   -   -   0
SDG  2010-02-11   10h 14m   36  29  5   -   -   -   2
TUS  2010-02-10   10h 30m   6   5   1   -   -   -   0
SDG  2010-02-10   00h 00m   Bad Weather - No Meteors
TUS  2010-02-09   11h 28m   25  20  3   -   -   -   -
SDG  2010-02-09   --h --m   2   -   -   -   -   -   -
TUS  2010-02-08   09h 51m   19  15  2   -   -   2   -
SDG  2010-02-08   10h 07m   28  25  2   -   -   1   -
TUS  2010-02-07   00h 00m   Bad Weather - No Meteors
TUS  2010-02-06   11h 33m   18  14  0   -   0   4   -
TUS  2010-02-05   09h 51m   21  19  1   -   0   0   -
TUS  2010-02-04   00h 24m   2   2   0   0   0   -   -
SDG  2010-02-04   06h 45m   25  20  4   1   0   -   -
TUS  2010-02-03   00h 00m   Bad Weather - No Meteors
TUS  2010-02-02   08h 44m   3   3   0   0   0   -   -
SDG  2010-02-02   06h 30m   8   7   0   0   1   -   -
TUS  2010-02-01   09h 34m   3   3   0   0   0   -   -
TUS  2010-01-30   08h 10m   4   3   0   0   0   -   -
SDG  2010-01-30   07h 17m   13  11  1   1   0
TUS  2010-01-29   00h 00m   Bad Weather - No Meteors
SDG  2010-01-29   10h 53m   12  10  0   1   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
ACE - Alpha Centaurids
PIH - Pi Hydrids
BHE - Beta Herculids

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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