Dec 14/15 Meteors (night after the Geminids peak)

What a difference 24 hours makes! Only a day removed from the Geminids peak and rates have crashed to a fraction of their peak. During the past 5 nights SALSA3 detected 12, 22, 69, 124 and now 20 Geminids. This is a characteristic of the Geminids in that the post-peak rates fall off much more rapidly than the pre-peak increase.

The night of Dec 14/15 marked the 81st consecutive nights that SALSA3 detected a meteor. As of right now, there is a good chance that it is clear enough for night 82 to produce a few meteors. Tomorrow night will be iffy as a storm, our first in 2 months, is forecast to bring rain and clouds to the area. Will the streak survive? We’ll have to wait and see.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT GEM HYD PUP DAD DLM MON COM
SAL3 2010-12-15   12h 10m   53  20  5   20  1   1   1   1   2   2
ALLS 2010-12-15   12h 38m   40  15  4   11  3   0   1   3   1   2
HERM 2010-12-15   11h 50m   28  15  2   10  0   1   -   -   -   0
VISM 2010-12-15   02h 00m   37  0   1   28  3   1   -   -   1   3 (LM = +5.7 to +6.0)

SAL3 - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
ALLS - Near all-sky camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
VIST - Visual observations from Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
VISH - Visual observations from Hermosillo (Salvador Aguirre)
HERM - PARENI camera in Hermosillo (Salvador Aguirre)
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   
GEM - Geminids
HYD - Sigma Hydrids
PUP - Puppids-Vellids
DAD - December Alpha Draconids
DLM - December Leonis Minorids
MON - Monocerotids

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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