Sort of the same old, same old the past few nights… a steady drizzle of sporadic meteors, a few weakly active showers and some lost time due to passing clouds. Not included in the numbers below were the 15 meteors seen on the night of Jan 7/8 by my all-sky camera. Some of those meteors were also seen by the smaller FOV, but deeper zenith camera. I’m getting excited over the prospects of running multiple all-sky cams from different sites for orbit determination.
Obs Date(UT) Time TOT SPO ANT DLM AHY JLE QUA XCB TUS 2010-01-09 11h 35m 17 14 1 1 0 0 1 0 SDG 2010-01-09 11h 03m 46 39 2 5 - - 0 - TUS 2010-01-08 11h 10m 18 13 0 1 0 0 4 - SDG 2010-01-08 10h 53m 20 12 4 2 2 - 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 DLM - December Leonis Minorids AHY - Alpha Hydrids JLE - January Leonids QUA - Quadrantids XCB - Xi Coronae Borealids
Hi there! I live in Florida and we’ve been having some realllllly cold weather here the past week or so…..down in the mid-20s. BRRRRRR. To get to the point, at about 3:37 a.m. (Eastern time) early Sunday, (January 10th) morning, I went down to my barn to check on my pigs, goats and barn water pipes. I was just about 30 feet from the barn entrance and I saw something really bright out of the corner of my eye. I looked towards it and saw the BIGGEST “shooting star” I have ever seen in my life. It seemed so close and huge compared to the kazillion other ones I had seen.
It was to the south of my location (South Florida) and was moving from the east to the west. I got to watch it for about 5-7 seconds before it appeared to burn out. It was just a beautiful thing to see. I don’t know beans about astronomy other than being able to ID the Big Dipper over the Little Dipper, so please excuse me if I misidentify what it was.
I was curious to see if anybody else had seen it and did a Google search which led me here. I had to share it with somebody, so there you have it. I sure hope there were others that witnessed this beautiful sight!
Terri Williams, Florida
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