Early September Meteors

It’s been hard to get a good idea of nightly meteor rates recently. There hasn’t been a single night over the past ~2 weeks that wasn’t affected in some way by clouds. One night (Sep 4/5) was completely clouded out and another (Aug 31/Sep 1) saw a single meteor being detected between the clouds. Unfortunately I had a camera problem on the night of Sep 9/10 that saw no data collected. Not sure what happened but at some point (presumably) early in the night, the power strip that the camera and controlling computer are plugged into was switched off. My guess is our cat knocked into it.

We are currently between major showers. The Perseids of August are long over and the Orionids of October are slowly building. Even though the peak of the Orionids are over a month away, it is one of the most active showers out there right now. The September Perseids (no relations to the Perseids of August) also produced a small number of meteors during the nights of Sep 6/7/8/9. Most years this shower is a minor producer of meteors but experienced outbursts in 2008 and 2013. The 2008 outburst was detected by an earlier incarnation of my SALSA meteor video system and was the subject of the very first Transient Sky post.

Obs Date(UT)     Time    TOT SPO ANT ORI SDA AUR SPE SLY Oth
SAL 2015-09-12  09h 11m   17  11  1   4   -   -   0   1   0
SAL 2015-09-11  03h 50m   9   8   0   1   0   0   0   0   0
SAL 2015-09-10  00h 00m          --- Camera Off ---
SAL 2015-09-09  03h 59m   16  11  1   1   0   0   2   1   0
SAL 2015-09-08  04h 14m   6   4   0   1   0   0   1   0   0
SAL 2015-09-07  08h 42m   19  15  2   0   0   0   2   0   0
SAL 2015-09-06  08h 49m   23  15  3   3   0   1   0   1   0
SAL 2015-09-05  00h 00m            --- Clouds ---
SAL 2015-09-04  06h 59m   13  12  0   1   0   0   -   -   0
SAL 2015-09-03  04h 38m   8   8   0   0   0   0   -   -   0
SAL 2015-09-02  02h 25m   3   2   1   0   0   0   -   -   0
SAL 2015-09-01  00h 18m   1   1   0   0   0   0   -   -   0
SAL 2015-08-31  03h 36m   6   4   1   0   0   1   -   -   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
ORI - Orionids
SDA - Southern Delta Aquariids
AUR - Aurigids
SPE - September Perseids
SLY - September Lyncids
Oth - other minor showers

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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