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LEONID Meteor Shower
November 17, 2001

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Leonids 2001 - November 17, 2001
Astro Geek's Leonids 2001 Report by Stephen LaFlamme
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Hello Fellow AAAA Members,

I do hope that you got up to witness the Leonid Meteor Shower. I pulled an all nighter out in my dome. I relied on black tea to keep me awake. Ever see a teabag frozen solid?? Looks like a prune!

The photos attached were taken with a 35mm camera on a tripod with 30 second time exposures (Fuji 800 film).  If you missed it, you'll have to reset your alarm clock for 33 years from now to see the next good show!!

Stephen LaFlamme
"AstroGeek"
Bridgewater, MA
Astro-Geek@mediaone.net

Twin Leonid Meteors appeared near bright Jupiter, at the center of the field.

 

This streak of material is the lingering train of a bright fireball. 
There is a faint shooting star right. above this doohickie.

 

Two minutes later, the streak has floated to the east, near the star Betelgeuse. 
Saturn is at lower center.

Ste[hen LaFlamme
The AstroGeek
Astro-Geek@mediaone.net

Links to Leonids Web Sites

Leonid Peak Online Estimator: If you want to find out the estimated peak times for where you live, go to this site, and check out your location. At the bottom of the screen is a flux calculator. Pick the city closest to you and launch the calculator. It should give you a pretty good idea what the times will be for your area.

Leonids 2001 Web Sites

Leonid Peak Online Estimator
http://www-space.arc.nasa.gov/~leonid/estimator.html

The American Meteor Society 
  http://www.amsmeteors.org/index.html

  International Meteor Organization 
http://www.imo.net/

Thanks to Paul Greenhalgh of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, moderator of the Astronomy Clubs Around the World eGroup, for providing this information.

Ed Flaspoehler, Vice President
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