August 6/7/8 Meteors

More raindrops than meteors have been falling over Tucson the past 2 nights. Friday night the rains held off just long enough to detect 2 meteors. While Saturday night/Sunday morning was rainy/cloudy till the very end of the night. Even though the sky  was only clear for ~40 minutes, 4 meteors were detected signaling an active night above the clouds.

The rain should still be a factor tonight even though a drying trend has begun. The forecast calls for clear weather for the next few days and this will hopefully be the case through the Perseid maximum on Friday morning.

Visual observers are reporting dark sky rates of ~15-20 per hour for the Perseids. This rate should slowly increase over the next few nights as we approach maximum.

A few observers have been detecting bright Perseids. Video or still images of meteors can be seen by the following observers: Maurizio Eltri, Istvin Tepliczky, and Mikhail Maslov.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT CAP PAU PER SDA AUP BPE ERI KCG
SAL3 2010-08-08   00h39m    4   2   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0   0
SAL3 2010-08-07   03h27m    2   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0   1

SAL3 - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
ALLS - Near all-sky camera in Tucson (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 - Antihelion
CAP - Alpha Capricornids
PAU - Piscis Austrinids
PER - Perseids
SDA - Southern Delta Aquariids
AUP - August Piscids
BPE - Beta Perseids
ERI - Eta Eridanids
KCG - Kappa Cygnids

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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