Jan 16/17/18 Meteors

A steady shower of meteors continues to fall on Tucson, night after night. Even with a still very bright Moon, the cloud-less sky is allowing almost two dozen meteors to be detected nightly.

Last night, the best meteor was the one shown below. Occurring at around 9:11 UT, it was extremely slow (taking 3.8 seconds to move ~30+°) and bright (magnitude ~-1). The stars that it passes by in the lower left of the frame are the bowl of the Big Dipper. The bright thing just outside the upper right edge of the FOV (and causing the oval reflections near the top and bottom) is the Moon.



Though unrelated to the meteor above, four other meteors appeared to radiate from a point just to the southeast of the Beehive (M44) in Cancer. It is possible that these meteors are related to the Northern Delta Cancrids (NCC) even though the MetRec software only attributed one to that shower (the other four were assigned to the Antihelion (ANT) region which is very close as well).

Radiant plot showing the near-opposition sky on the night of 2014 January 18 UT from the SALSA3 camera in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Credit: Carl Hergenrother.


SAL  2014-01-18   13h 47m   25  16  5   3   0   1   0   0
SAL  2014-01-17   11h 59m   21  17  0   0   2   1   1   0   0

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
GUM - Gamma Ursae Minorids
NCC - Northern Delta Cancrids
XCB - Xi Coronae Borealids
XUM - January Xi Ursae Majorids