June 16-23 Meteors

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).

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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

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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