From Bob Lunsford’s notes: “It remained clear all night long. The waning gibbous moon was riding high in Taurus, passing only 5 degrees south of the zenith. This morning we start recognizing activity from the Alpha Monocerotids, a normally weak shower that has produced several outbursts in the past. Rates are normally no better than several meteors per hour at best at maximum. Recording 4 this morning is surprising as I would have expected no more than 1 per night at this stage.”
If you read the last post about the Andromedid meteor storms, then you know that there are two other meteor storm producing showers in November. The Leonids and the Alpha Monocerotids are the other two and will be the focus of new posts in the coming days.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA LEO AMO TUS 2008-11-15 11h 24m 28 16 1 5 6 0 SDG 2008-11-15 11h 33m 71 44 11 4 8 4
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
AMO – Alpha Monocerotids
I saw a green florecent light flash across the sky and it apperaed to fall into the ground in south central Tucson. This occured around 12 midnight.
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