It has been a long time since I posted my nightly video meteor results. Part of the problem was our annual monsoon season here in Tucson. But the main problem was a series of mechanical and software issues that I just didn’t have the time to solve until a few weeks ago.
The 2011 monsoon was very similar to last years ‘nonsoon’. Though every night saw lots of clouds and rain threatened, little rain actually fell. That wouldn’t have been too much of a problem for my video set-up except for the fact that my ‘all-weather’ camera enclosure is no longer ‘all-weather’. So I decided to leave my camera off on those nights when it looked like it might rain. Since I was going to be down for weather reasons anyway I went ahead and upgraded to the latest version of the automatic meteor detection software, MetRec. That didn’t go so well and resulted in finally upgrading from an old PIII computer to a Pentium 4 machine. Now, knock on wood, everything seems to be working.
September is a month of high meteor rates. Sporadic meteors rates are near their annual peak. Though no major showers are active, a number of minor showers are consistent contributors to the high rates. Below are a collection of some of the best meteors from the last two weeks of September.
Obs Date(UT) Time TOT SPO ANT NTA STA NUE SPE DAU TUS 2011-09-31 10h 17m 37 25 - 2 7 - - 3 TUS 2011-09-30 07h 34m 33 26 - 4 2 - - 1 TUS 2011-09-29 09h 44m 36 29 - 2 3 - - 2 SDG 2011-09-27 04h 21m 28 27 1 - 0 - - - TUS 2011-09-25 05h 49m 25 22 1 - - 2 - 0 TUS 2011-09-24 09h 29m 38 28 5 - - 4 - 1 TUS 2011-09-23 09h 39m 35 32 1 - - 1 - 1 TUS 2011-09-22 08h 25m 33 24 3 - - 6 - 0 TUS 2011-09-21 08h 54m 30 25 0 - - 1 - 4 TUS 2011-09-20 10h 06m 30 25 1 - - 1 - 3 TUS 2011-09-19 09h 41m 25 20 3 - - 1 1 - TUS 2011-09-18 09h 38m 39 34 3 - - 2 0 - SAL3 - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) ALLS - Near all-sky camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) VIST - Visual observations from Tucson (Carl Hergenrother) VISH - Visual observations from Hermosillo (Salvador Aguirre) 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 NTA - Northern Taurids STA - Southern Taurids NUE - Nu Eridanids SPE - September Perseids DAU - Delta Aurigids