Lyrids Revisited – Apr 19/20/21/22

Bob Lunsford trekked out to the Mojave Desert to view last week’s Lyrid peak. From his notes:

“I made a 3 night camping trip to the Mojave Desert to view Lyrid activity. It was clear the first night but I lost the last two hours on the second night due to clouds. The third night was totally clear. The video camera ran between 1 and 5am PDT each morning. The dark skies allowed many more meteors than would have been captured from the San Diego area.”

Obs  Date (UT)   TotTime TOT SPO ANT LYR
MJD  2009-04-20  04h 00m  57  45  4   8
MJD  2009-04-21  02h 00m  23  11  5   7
MJD  2009-04-22  04h 00m  69  34  6   29

TUS – Camera in Tucson operated by Carl Hergenrother
MJD – Camera in the Mojave Desert operated by Bob Lunsford
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
LYR – Lyrids


  1. From Stone Mountain GA-white light (looked like a star or the space station) moving west to the sky at about 9:15 p.m. First thought it was a plane, then realized it was too high and too fast and only white light. Any ideas?

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