2002 Meteor Showers

Allsky cameras allow the brighter meteors that occur during annual showers to be recorded. Two late year showers, the Leonids (from comet Tempel-Tuttle) and the Geminids (from asteroid 3200 Phaethon) were captured on cameras in the network.

2002 Leonid CompositeThis is a composite image of 64 Leonids recorded by the Guffey School camera. These meteors were captured from 3:30am to 4:30am MST, the peak of the shower.

Because the images were collected over just an hour, there was not a lot of movement of the sky, and the shower radiant is obvious at the right side of the composite.

The bright light in the center is an indicator on the camera, and the even brighter light in the lower left is the Moon.

2002 Leonid FluxThe Leonids captured by the Guffey School and Cloudbait cameras have been combined to generate this histogram.

There were 250 individual events recorded. The rate has been normalized to the locally observed visual rate.

2002 Geminid CompositeThis is a composite image of 44 Geminids recorded by the Cloudbait camera. These meteors were captured from 6:30pm to 6:00am MST.

Because the images were collected over the entire night, the shower radiant is not apparent.

Note the movement of the Moon in the image. It is seen initially at the top at 6:32pm, and then later from 10:05pm to 12:56am. The large gap occurred because of several hours of thin clouds during the early evening.


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