May 25/26 to 29/30 Meteors

Recent video meteor rates have been very disappointing the last few nights. I’m not sure why they are so low. I’m sure the nearly Full Moon has something to do with it. Plus any dust in the air can’t be helping. Still whenever rates drop this low I start to wonder if there is a problem with my camera setup. Maybe it’s time to take a closer look and see if anything else is affecting the system.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT
TUS  2010-05-30   05h45m    5   5   0
TUS  2010-05-29   08h02m    5   3   2
TUS  2010-05-28   08h02m    5   5   0
TUS  2010-05-27   07h56m    6   6   0
TUS  2010-05-26   07h48m    5   2   3

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 - Antihelion

1 Comment

  1. Hi Carl: I’ve had two queries (Patagonia and Sahuarita) about a possible bolide on the night of May 25. I found it on the MMT allsky camera, , on May 25, 21:42:30 MST 2010. It was going from SE to NNE and only appears in one frame. The witnesses report that it “exploded” in midflight and left a faint trail. Do you have any record of this event or related sightings?
    Thank you.
    Dan Brocious

    Interestingly, El Paso reported a similar event — May 26th, 2010 at 05:21:08 hrs MDT, our ELP Sentinel Allsky Camera recorded a meteor event in our west-southwest sky. Visual magnitude calculated to be -10.4 (very bright “shadowcaster”). Detonation (terminal explosion) was detected.

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