Nov 12/13/14 Meteors

The night of Nov 12/13 was plagued by high cirrus at both the Tucson and San Diego sites. The cirrus was so bad at Tucson that only 3 meteors were picked up the entire night.

Last night (Nov 13/14) was much better with clear skies in San Diego and only a few short bouts of cirrus in Tucson. As a result, a good number of meteors were seen in spite of a very bright near Full moon.

The Leonids continue to build towards there peak early next week.

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA LEO
TUS  2008-11-14  11h 33m  26  14  2   4   6
SDG  2008-11-14  11h 35m  70  51  6   3   10
TUS  2008-11-13  09h 28m  3   3   0   0   0
SDG  2008-11-13  11h 29m  43  25  5   6   7

TUS – Camera in Tucson operated by Carl Hergenrother
SDG – Camera in San Diego operated by Bob Lunsford
TotTime – 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)
NTA – Northern Taurids
STA – Southern Taurids
LEO – Leonids


  1. November 14 – 10:15 p.m. — large meteor over Mission Viejo, CA. Largest, brightest and longest lasting meteor I’ve ever seen!

  2. On the night of November 12, 9:30 pm, I witnessed (from Norwich, CT) a green streak cut diagonally through the southern sky. It traveled from the ten o’clock to the four o’clock position (top right to bottom left). Could this have been a Taurid or a Leonid?

  3. I witnessed the same from Tucson. It was moving from W to E (seemingly) and grew so bright it was startelling. In fact, orange “sparks” started to appear just prior to losing site of it.

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