First Half of October Meteors

This week’s main event, meteor-wise, is the maximum of the Orionids. These meteors were produced by Comet Halley over 2000-3000 years ago and would put on quite a show if, and there’s usually an if, it weren’t for the Full Moon spoiling the view. The Orionids have a broad maximum that may last up to 5 days. This year high rates are expected from October 20 to 25 with the peak occurring on the 22nd. This year also sees a few dust trail encounters (1266 BC trail on Oct. 21 9hrs UT and 911 BC on Oct. 25 4hrs UT).

Though ZHR rates of 40-50 per hour are expected the bright moonlight will make actual visible rates much lower, probably in the 10-20 per hour range.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO DAU NTA STA ORI OCA GIA TUM EGE LMI 
SAL3 2010-10-19   05h 28m   53  15  -   1   2   32  -   -   -   3   0
ALLS 2010-10-19   03h 43m   24  2   -   0   1   17  -   -   -   2   2
SAL3 2010-10-18   03h 53m   15  8   -   0   1   6   -   -   0   0   
ALLS 2010-10-18   04h 10m   14  9   -   0   1   4   -   -   0   0
SAL3 2010-10-17   06h 28m   44  22  -   0   5   11  -   -   2   1
SAL3 2010-10-16   00h 49m   3   1   -   0   2   0   -   -   0   0
SAL3 2010-10-15   02h 09m   6   2   -   0   1   2   -   -   0   1
SAL3 2010-10-14   09h 20m   34  21  -   2   4   6   -   -   0   1
SAL3 2010-10-13   10h 42m   38  23  -   1   8   3   -   -   1   2
SAL3 2010-10-12   10h 51m   20  14  -   2   1   3   -   -   0
SAL3 2010-10-11   10h 50m   34  27  -   2   3   2   -   -
SAL3 2010-10-10   10h 47m   39  24  2   1   2   7   -   3
SAL3 2010-10-09   10h 34m   40  29  1   1   5   4   -   0
SAL3 2010-10-08   10h 38m   36  22  2   2   4   6   -   0
SAL3 2010-10-07   10h 42m   29  24  2   1   1   0   1   0
SAL3 2010-10-06   01h 02m   4   2   2   0   0   0   0   0
SAL3 2010-10-05   04h 25m   9   6   0   0   3   0   0
SAL3 2010-10-04   01h 22m   1   1   0   0   0   0  
SAL3 2010-10-03   04h 29m   22  19  2   0   0   1
SAL3 2010-10-02   10h 21m   24  20  1   1   1   1
SAL3 2010-10-01   07h 15m   28  23  1   2   2   -

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  
DAU - Delta Aurigids
NTA - Northern Taurids
STA - Southern Taurids 

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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