September 2/3 Meteors

Rates were down last night. Compared to the two previous nights, both my cameras detected ~40% less meteors. Since both cameras saw less, it suggests that both bright and medium brightness meteors saw a decline. What does this mean? Probably nothing. Night-to-night variations in meteor rates are common.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT AUR
SAL3 2010-09-03   09h 32m   17  15  1   1
ALLS 2010-09-03   10h 03m   6   5   1   0

SAL3 - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
ALLS - Near all-sky camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
VIST - Visual observations from Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
SDG - Camera in San Diego operated by Bob Lunsford
Time - 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
AUR - Alpha Aurigids

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

2 Responses to September 2/3 Meteors

  1. Cecelia Zandbergen says:

    Hi, I live in Illinois and do paper route with my kids looking towards the North I saw a huge meteor come in with a long tail. It was about three times the size of the North Star on naked eye It went through once with a tail about ten times longer than in then it was a ball for a second then a second tail…Any idea if it was a comet, meteor or space junk? It was about 5:55 AM (not exact on the time but close)

  2. Cecelia Zandbergen says:

    Hi, I live in Illinois and do paper route with my kids looking towards the North I saw a huge meteor come in with a long tail. It was about three times the size of the North Star on naked eye It went through once with a tail about ten times longer than in then it was a ball for a second then a second tail…Any idea if it was a comet, meteor or space junk? It was about 5:55 AM (not exact on the time but close)

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