Today we welcome a new camera to the Transient Sky family. Salvador Aguirre is operating his MetRec-run PARENI system down in Hermosillo in the Mexican state of Sonora. Hermosillo is 217 miles to the south of Tucson. Though the cities are relatively close PARENI and SALSA3 will not be seeing the same meteors. That is not the case with our all-sky Sentinel cameras and in fact we both recorded a mutual fireball back on Nov 29 UT. Salvador and I have been working hard for the past year to get his system up and running. Though he’s no stranger to this blog, let’s all welcome him and PARENI!
Check out Salvador’s blog for images of the Geminids from his all-sky camera.
The Geminids saw a significant bump up in activity last night with 22 detections (up from 8 and 5 the past two nights). Tonight should see that number more than double. Though Tuesday morning is maximum, Monday morning will see good rates and it would be worth it for visual observers to watch then as well.
Last night also marked SALSA3’s 78th consecutive night with a meteor detection.
Obs Date(UT) Time TOT SPO ANT GEM HYD PSU PUP DAD DLM MON COM SAL3 2010-12-12 11h 18m 45 11 2 22 3 1 0 0 0 2 4 ALLS 2010-12-12 11h 34m 22 6 1 8 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 HERM 2010-12-12 10h 34m 29 15 3 7 1 - 2 - - - 1 SAL3 - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) ALLS - Near all-sky camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) VIST - Visual observations from Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) HERM - PARENI camera in Hermosillo (Salvador Aguirre) 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 GEM - Geminids HYD - Sigma Hydrids PSU - Psi Ursa Majorids PUP - Puppids-Vellids DAD - December Alpha Draconids DLM - December Leonis Minorids MON - Monocerotids