After a few nights of rain, clouds, and fog, the weather has improved greatly in both Tucson and San Diego.
Bob had hist best night so far this year. From his notes: “The skies have cleared temporarily and despite the bright moon, an impressive number of meteors were recorded last night and this morning. The 120 total meteors recorded was the highest number obtained from home so far this year. Impressive numbers of Geminids (29), Antihelions (12), and Monocerotids (10) were recorded last night. The normally quite evening hours were also filled with activity. I wonder how many more meteors would have been recorded had there not been a bright moon? Hopefully the weather will remain favorable as close to the Geminid maximum as possible!”
The number of Geminids should continue to increase as they build towards their peak this weekend.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO ANT GEM MON PUP HYD TUS 2008-12-10 08h 45m 33 16 6 6 0 1 4 SDG 2008-12-10 11h 42m 120 63 12 29 10 3 3
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)
ANT – Antihelions
GEM – Geminids
MON – December Monocerotids
PUP – Puppids/Velids Complex
HYD – Sigma (σ-) Hydrids