Nov 17/18 Meteors

Leonid rates were much lower last night when compared to the morning of the 17th. With the possibility of some enhancement tonight, hopefully we’ll see some higher Leonid rates. After this week, the Leonids should be history and then we can look forward to December’s big showers, the Geminids and the Ursids.

From Bob Lunsford’s notes: “Leonid rates were down quite a bit compared to the 17th. It appears that the declining portions of the European outburst were visible from North America on the morning of the 17th. I would expect a few more Leonids on the 19th vs. the 18th and then low rates during the remainder of its activity profile.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA LEO AMO
TUS  2008-11-18  11h 11m  30  17  1   2   8   2
SDG  2008-11-18  11h 35m  78  46  9   9   12  2

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