August 30/31 to September 1/2 Meteors

The last 2 nights have been crystal clear and the results speak for themselves with 26 meteors detected by the SALSA3 camera on each night. Only the minor Alpha Aurigid shower is currently active. Though it barely contributes to the fainter meteor tally recorded by SALSA3, it has been responsible for ~1/3 of the bright meteors seen by the wide-field camera. Activity should get more active in the coming weeks as the Taurid and Orionid showers perk up.

The forecast calls for some clouds and a chance of rain over the long Labor Day weekend. After that we dry out again, possibly for good. With the clear sky and the Moon quickly departing the morning sky it will be nice to see just how many meteors the new SALSA3 camera can pick up. Now I just need a better lens…

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT AUR
SAL3 2010-09-02   08h 50m   26  22  4   0
ALLS 2010-09-02   09h 06m   11  8   0   3
SAL3 2010-09-01   09h 39m   26  26  0   0
ALLS 2010-09-01   10h 00m   10  8   1   1
SAL3 2010-08-31   03h 24m   10  9   0   1
ALLS 2010-08-31   06h 43m   9   6   0   3

SAL3 - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
ALLS - Near all-sky camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
VIST - Visual observations from Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
SDG - Camera in San Diego operated by Bob Lunsford
Time - 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 - Alpha Aurigids