Sept 22/23/24 Meteors

The monsoon is over in southern Arizona. Actually it’s been over for a few weeks now but I was holding out hope for a reprieve. Though the monsoon started earlier than usual it didn’t amount to much. At my home, we only got half as much rain as last year.

There are lots of cons to not getting enough rain in Tucson. The only real pro is that the nights have been crystal clear allowing for the observation of lots of meteors. Rates continue to remain high even though most of the activity is not related to any one particular shower.

From Bob’s notes: “The Southern California weather continues to be good one night and cloudy the next. During the last three nights only the 23rd was badly impacted by fog. The 22nd had some fog late in the morning which caused me to quit early. The 24th was dry and transparent, one of the darkest nights I have seen around here. The high number of meteors on that morning reflects these good conditions.”

Obs Date (UT)   TotTime  TOT SPO ANT DAU NUE
TUS 2009-09-24  10h 14m   39  28  4   4   3
SDG 2009-09-24  08h 00m   67  57  8   2
TUS 2009-09-23  10h 15m   38  25  7   1   5
SDG 2009-09-23  05h 00m   7   7   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
DAU – Delta Aurigids
NUE – Nu Eridanids


  1. HI, I seen one in Port Sanilac Michigan over lake huron at 9 pm tonight, bright green light, with orange tail, lasting about 5 seconds. Beautiful!

  2. Hi, my name is Herb, and I think I saw the same thing at the same time. I was driving just NE of London Ontario Canada. It was so amazing eh? I also saw a huge fireball after the pinky red sky.


  3. We saw one near Toronto. We think it made a sonic boom. We heard a sound approximately 30secs to 1 minute later.

  4. At around 9pm just outside of Acton, Ontario we noticed a bright greenish-blue flash that lit up the entire sky. We had no idea what it could have been, in visiting this website we are pretty certain that it was the meteorite.

  5. We live in Georgetown Ontario (near Acton above) and while I didn’t see the blue flash myself, my neighbours and I were shaken out of our bed by the earth shaking boom that followed it. Does this mean it landed somewhere near here? The ground shaking was felt about 5 kms from here too.

  6. We live in Kitchener Ontario and saw it last night too! We were in our backyard having a campfire when all of a sudden the entire sky lit up like daylight. A beautiful trail of bluish green sparkles for 3 or 4 seconds appeared….although we didnt hear a boom. It just appeared and disappeared.

    1. We live in Grafton Ohio, we saw it in the north east sky, it lasted about 5 – 6 seconds then disappeared. It was a greenish-blue flash, that looked like it landed in the lake.

  7. Dark highway, black sky….

    I was driving down the 401 east bound between brockville and Gananoque Ontario at around 21:03 Sept 25 2009. Wedged between a transport and Lexus – out of no where a comet/meteor (not sure of the difference) flashed in the sky – blue trail – bright and lit up the gound as it made its way across the sky. It alarmed me – felt so close. I am sure the other drivers had the same feeling of amazement and slightly scared all at the same time! What a beautiful thing! Did anyone else see it?

  8. I’ve read a little more about meteors and have discovered that if you are close enough to the meteor and it is large enough, the sonic boom can be so powerful that the earth will shake. I guess that explains why my house shook so much that the back door flew open (it was locked at the time). Crazy, but very interesting!!

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