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Meteor Shower

How many meteors will we really see, and when?
Where do we have to go to see the Leonids?
What equipment do we need for observing?
For recording meteors, what should we record?
Where can we get more specialized information?
Leonids 2001 - November 17, 2001
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vi) Where can we get more specialized information?

Check out the links on Lew Gramer's 'MeteorObs' website at: http://www.meteorobs.org/storms.html

For more information on visual meteor observing, check out: http://www.imo.net/visual/major01.html

For those after more photographic information, check out: http://www.imo.net/photo/handbook/summary.pdf

For those radio buffs interested in trying some meteor recording by radio means, check out Shelby Ennis' website "High Speed Meteor Scatter and JT44 EME" at http://www.qsl.net/w8wn/hscw/hscw.html

Click on the "Hot News" icon for details on Leonids by radio. Even if you're not into the radio hobby, check out the cool graphics! Also, check out the IMO radio info at http://www.imo.net/radio/index.html

Links to other radio meteor sites can be found at http://www.imo.net/radio/other_sites.html

Details on the International Project for Radio Meteor Observation can be found at http://homepage2.nifty.com/~baron/leo02p.htm

An excellent book for reading about the Leonids is 'The Heavens on Fire: The Great Leonid Meteor Storms' by Mark Littmann, published by Cambridge University Press.

An interesting paper on the history of the Leonids that can be printed off from the web is 'The Leonid Meteor Shower: Historical Visual Observations' by Peter Brown, available at: http://www.astro.uwo.ca/~pbrown/documents/1999-Leonids-Icarus.pdf

Extensive historical information on the Leonids can also be found on Gary Kronk's excellent website 'Comets and Meteor Showers' at http://comets.amsmeteors.org

And - most importantly, stay tuned to our MeteorObs email list! Some of you will be receiving this newsletter by independent email. MeteorObs is an email meteor discussion list frequented by observers all around the globe. Around Leonid time it will provide many valuable answers to all your questions. To sign up - even if you just want to listen in during the Leonids - fill in the online subscribe form on the MeteorObs website at http://www.meteorobs.org/subscribe.html

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.

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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