September 9/10 to 12/13 Meteors

It’s amazing how many sporadics are visible these nights. The only shower producing much activity is the poorly understood September Perseids complex. This complex consists of a handful of active radiants that may or may not be related to each other.  We really need orbital data on these meteors to sort them out.

Starting this month we will see the beginning of activity from the 2 Taurid streams and October’s big shower, the Orionids. Unfortunately, the Moon will hamper viewing the Orionids near the time of their peak but it should still be a good show for the meteor cameras.

The weather here in Tucson has seen lots of clouds lately as some moisture has worked itself back in (though of course, bringing little, if any, rain). Things should dry out again starting tomorrow and we’ll be back to our usual run of clear Fall nights here.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT SPE
SAL3 2010-09-13   02h 06m   6   5   0   1
SAL3 2010-09-12   06h 26m   29  26  3   0
ALLS 2010-09-12   10h 21m   9   5   1   3
SAL3 2010-09-11   09h 50m   42  35  4   3
ALLS 2010-09-11   06h 48m   9   6   1   2
SAL3 2010-09-10   09h 48m   32  25  6   1
ALLS 2010-09-10   10h 18m   14  11  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
SPE - September Perseids

1 Comment

  1. On Tuesday September 14th. Here in Wittmann, AZ. about 8pm. I was outside and like always looking up at the Stars. I saw a bright white object in the sky moving overhead from the N.W. to the S.E. It was moving pretty fast. At first I thought it could have been a low flying Jet with it’s bright lights on. As it past overhead there were no flashing lights just a large bright white light. Then I noticed meteor trails underneath the object and as it passed. As it got to the S.E. The bright light fadded out. Could this have been an Asteroid passing through. I know most Satelites are just a dot moving across the sky. This was BIG.
    Signed, I Think It Might, Dan

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