I hope everyone had an enjoyable time with friends and family over the Holidays.
Since the last meteor posting the Ursids came and went with little fanfare. Currently only one shower, and a minor one at that, is active. Interestingly, my camera in Tucson has been been picking up quite a few Coma Berenicids (COM) the past two nights (nearly 1/3rd of all meteors detected). Only ~8% of the meteors picked up by Bob’s camera were COM. Since Bob’s camera goes much fainter than mine it is possible that their are no faint COMs. As a result, seeing fainter will not turn up any additional COMs. With maximum last night, the COMs should slowly decrease in number over the next few weeks.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO ANT COM TUS 2008-12-31 08h 42m 18 13 0 5 TUS 2008-12-30 11h 31m 10 7 0 3 SDG 2008-12-30 11h 56m 63 52 6 5 TUS 2008-12-29 11h 30m 15 13 2 0 SDG 2008-12-29 12h 02m 56 50 4 2 TUS 2008-12-28 11h 30m 13 12 0 1
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
COM – Coma Berenicids