June 16-23 Meteors
July 2, 2014
My camera system was not active between the nights of June 7 and 15. I was on vacation and decided not to leave the system on. The Metrec software does have the ability to operate automatically for nights on end but lately the old Windows XP machine that runs the software has been acting a little flaky so I gave the system a rest.
The year can be split into two meteor seasons. A period of many active productive showers and lots of sporadic meteors spans from July to early January. The other half of the year, from mid-January through June, sees few productive showers and few background meteors. With the expceptions of the Lyrids of April and the Eta Aquariids of early May, there are no major showers during this period and even these two are among the weaker major showers (though both have produced larger rates from time to time).
The middle of June is still within the weaker meteor season, something I sometimes refer to as the ‘meteor doldrums‘. The most active showers were the Phi Piscids (a recently recognized shower from a unknown retrograde long-period comet) and showers near the Antihelion region (material on prograde short-period orbits).
Obs Date(UT) Time TOT SPO ANT NZC PPS SSS SCA DPI JBO SAL 2014-06-23 08h 11m 11 7 3 - 0 0 1 0 0 SAL 2014-06-22 08h 06m 19 13 2 - 2 1 1 0 0 SAL 2014-06-21 08h 16m 12 7 1 - 3 0 0 1 - SAL 2014-06-20 08h 16m 12 9 2 - 1 0 0 - - SAL 2014-06-19 08h 23m 17 14 2 - 0 0 1 - - SAL 2014-06-18 08h 21m 11 8 2 - 1 0 - - - SAL 2014-06-17 07h 09m 11 6 4 0 1 0 - - - SAL 2014-06-16 08h 18m 12 8 0 0 2 0 - - - SAL - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) VIS - Visual observations from Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) 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 NZC - Northern June Aquilids PPS - Phi Piscids SSS - Southern Sigma Sagittariids SCA - Sigma Capricornids DPI - Delta Piscids JBO - June Bootids