July 28/29 Meteors

Late July is usually a time of rain showers in southern Arizona. Instead, we have been witnessing showers of a different nature. The Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids are currently at their peak level of activity. These 2 showers may be producing many of the recent meteors being observed by many of you (based on your comments).

It is surprising (to me at least) how many Perseids have been detected lately. This shower is one of the best and is known to be active for many weeks before its maximum. Still with maximum 2 weeks away, the current level of activity is very encouraging. Unfortunately, the Moon will a problem during the time of the Perseid peak. Still, moon or no moon, this is always a good shower to observe.

TUS  2009-07-29  07h 48m  57  20  4   3   18  1   11

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
SPOSporadics (meteors not affiliated with any particular meteor shower)
ANT – Antihelions
CAP – Alpha Capricornids
SDA – Southern Delta Aquariids
PAU – Piscids Australids
PER – Perseids