In yesterday’s post I mentioned the possibility of activity from the September Perseids. Last year this minor shower put on a nice show and though there have been no studies that suggest a repeat this year (actually I’m not sure there were any studies conducted on the Sept Perseids) one never knows.
I have seen no reports of any enhanced activity from the September Perseids last night. Still, there were reports of quite a few bright meteors.
Here in Tucson the night started off with lots of thunderstorm activity. Most of the night was cloudy until the around 3 am when it cleared up enough to spot some meteors. Though clouds and a bright Moon really play havoc on meteor observing, they can make for some nice photos. Below are 2 bright meteors that were picked up by each of my meteor cameras. The first is a rather bright meteor, perhaps bright enough to be considered a fireball, that was seen behind the clouds. As you can tell from the bright mass of clouds in the right side of the image, the Moon was also in the field. It was seen at 3:38 am over Tucson.
The second meteor was observed from my north facing camera so the Moon is out of view. By this time (5:05 am), the clouds were gone. Neither of these meteors or any of the other 8 I detected appear to be associated with the September Perseids or any other shower.
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO ANT AUR SPE TUS 2009-09-09 02h 15m 10 10 0 0 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
AUR – Aurigids
SPE – September Perseids