Last night turned out to be a rather good night for observing from both Tucson and San Diego. But not a great night since some cirrus was around. With a strong Pacific storm forecast to swing through CA and AZ, the rest of the week may not be conducive for meteor observing from San Diego and Tucson.
From Bob Lunsford’s notes: “The weather was actually clear most of the night, much to my surprise. There was occasional cirrus and the humidity was very high, limiting the transparency of the sky. This is very good for planetary observers but not for meteor observations.
This may be the last night of observing for awhile as storms are forecast to arrive tomorrow and over the weekend.”
The Leonids are now officially over and have been dropped from the table below. The 17 meteors seen by the Tucson camera is the lowest nightly tally (for a night with little or no clouds) since Oct 12th.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA AMO TUS 2008-11-24 11h 27m 17 16 1 0 0 SDG 2008-11-24 11h 50m 62 50 6 2 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
AMO – Alpha Monocerotids