Jan 14/15/16 Meteors

The Moon is close to Full these days which is not helping with meteor detection. Still the nightly numbers of detections is similar to those of the past week so maybe the Moon isn’t being as big of a bother as expected.

Over the past three nights, the Earth was passing close to the orbit of now defunct comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). Only a single possibleISONid‘ was detected and the important word is ‘possible‘. The comet passed through this part of its orbit around 74 days ago so it is unlikely that much dust should still be in this part of its orbit. In future years, it is very possible that the dust will become more spread out (due to differences in their orbital period which do to various effects will be substantially smaller than that of the main comet) and a annual, though weak, ISONid shower will be visible.

Obs  Date(UT)      Time    TOT SPO ANT COM DLM NCC XCB ISO
SAL  2014-01-16   11h 48m   23  15  3   2   2   0   0   0
SAL  2014-01-15   12h 11m   18  10  5   0   2   0   0   1

SAL - SALSA3 camera in Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
VIS - Visual observations from Tucson (Carl Hergenrother)
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
COM - Coma Berenicids
DLM - December Leonis Minorids
NCC - Northern Delta Cancrids
XCB - Xi Coronae Borealids
XUM - January Xi Ursae Majorids