The past month or so has been difficult for meteor observing from both San Diego and Tucson. Though it has rarely rained this winter, the past few months have been plagued by clouds.
Last night finally saw clear skies over both sites. Even with the clear skies, activity remains at its normal low March levels. Half of the meteors detected in Tucson appear to radiate from the antihelion region in Virgo. This continues a trend from the past week.
We also say goodbye to the Gamma Normids (GNO). This minor shower is best observed from the Southern Hemisphere and is difficult to observe from the US. Over the past 2 weeks, one possible GNO was seen over San Diego while none were picked up over Tucson.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO ANT GNO TUS 2009-03-23 09h 40m 8 4 4 SDG 2009-03-23 05h 01m 20 18 2 TUS 2009-03-22 04h 55m 2 1 1 0
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
GNO – Gamma Normids