After a few days of clouds, the sky was once again clear over southern AZ. Still, rates are probably lower than they should be due to a bright Moon shining directly overhead during the prime meteor watching hours.
This week should see steadily increasing meteor rates due to the rise of the Orionids (towards an Oct 21/22 peak) and a less obtrusive Moon.
I was up this morning watching the Moon for evidence of NASA’s LCROSS impact experiment. Though the seeing was rather poor, I was able to get some good quality video. Nevertheless, I didn’t see anything from the impact. Then again this was the case with professional telescopes many times larger than mine.
Bob’s notes for 10/8:
“Much like last night, a bright moon and periodic clouds limited the number of meteors recorded tonight. It was interesting to note the Southern Taurids equaled the sporadic rate last night.”
.. for 10/9:
“More or the same with clouds and the moon…”
Obs Date (UT) TotTime TOT SPO NTA STA ORI DAU DRA EPC TUS 2009-10-09 10h 36m 35 19 3 1 4 2 2 0 SDG 2009-10-09 09h 56m 24 17 - 7 0 - 0 0 TUS 2009-10-08 00h 00m Clouds all night SDG 2009-10-08 08h 56m 18 8 - 8 2 - 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)
NTA – Northern Taurids (includes Antihelions)
STA – Southern Taurids (includes Antihelions)
ORI – Orionids
DAU – Delta Aurigids
DRA – October Draconids (Giacobinids)
EPC – September Epsilon Piscids