Meteor alert, the Leonid meteor storm

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Meteor alert, the Leonid meteor storm

Post by airis » Wed Nov 13, 2002 8:58 pm

The Leonid meteor storm is coming. :) The first peak is on Tuesday morning November 19th between 4 am and 6 am CET. In Europe you could see 500 or even 1000 meteors (shooting stars) per hour. The second peak seen in North America is even better - as many as 2000 meteors per hour.
This kind of meteor storms are very rare so I hope the sky is clear.

Nasa has calculated meteor rates for 58 cities around the world: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2002 ... recast.htm
More information: http://www.spaceweather.com/

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Post by bhoeyb » Thu Nov 14, 2002 11:25 am

8) COOL 8). I hope the sky in Belgium will be clear.
Last time, there were too many clouds :cry: .

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Post by airis » Thu Nov 14, 2002 2:03 pm

bhoeyb wrote:8) COOL 8). I hope the sky in Belgium will be clear.
Last time, there were too many clouds :cry: .
Yes, it was cloudy here too. :( Last year I watched the Nasa tv showing live the meteor storm over USA. And this is the last chance to see it. Next big Leonid meteor storm is in 2098.

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Post by Tiger » Thu Nov 14, 2002 4:51 pm

between 4 and 6 am.... that's WAY too early :(
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Post by micro » Thu Nov 14, 2002 8:12 pm

Just look at it the other way around: It's late, but not too late :idea: :)

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Re: Meteor alert, the Leonid meteor storm

Post by K3lvin » Fri Nov 15, 2002 1:12 pm

airis wrote:The Leonid meteor storm is coming. :) The first peak is on Tuesday morning November 19th between 4 am and 6 am CET. In Europe you could see 500 or even 1000 meteors (shooting stars) per hour. The second peak seen in North America is even better - as many as 2000 meteors per hour.
This kind of meteor storms are very rare so I hope the sky is clear.
If the sky is clear you should have a good change to see a great show: Lappland is the darkest place in Europe. (map: http://www.dark-skies.org/images/imgarc ... MSP-LG.jpg ) The 'light pollution' affects a great deal when observing sky. Astronomical organizations have even campaigns for dark skies:
http://www.darksky.org/
http://www.dark-skies.org/main.shtm

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Re: Meteor alert, the Leonid meteor storm

Post by airis » Fri Nov 15, 2002 2:14 pm

K3lvin wrote:If the sky is clear you should have a good change to see a great show: Lappland is the darkest place in Europe. The 'light pollution' affects a great deal when observing sky. Astronomical organizations have even campaigns for dark skies.
Nice links. :)
Yes, fortunately the sky is still dark over countryside. I really hate the 'light pollution' even over Rovaniemi. If the sky is clear I´ll walk away from street lights and watch the show on river ice.

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Re: Meteor alert, the Leonid meteor storm

Post by bhoeyb » Fri Nov 15, 2002 3:27 pm

airis wrote:
Yes, fortunately the sky is still dark over countryside. I really hate the 'light pollution' even over Rovaniemi. If the sky is clear I´ll walk away from street lights and watch the show on river ice.
I can't walk away from the light pollution anymore :cry: :cry: ... :evil: Lights everywhere. It's never realy dark in Flanders anymore.

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Post by Tiger » Fri Nov 15, 2002 4:46 pm

idem here....
I live in a region where there are lots of plants grown. (flowers, tomatoes, etc)
And all those conservatories (serres) make a lot of light :(
If it's cloudy, the sky is really orange-yellow at night... :(

I noticed that since a few years even in southern France 'en plein Pyrenées' the sky isn't completely dark at night. You can easily see the horizon of the mountains.
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Post by airis » Fri Nov 15, 2002 5:51 pm

I hope there are some bright fire balls too. Once I saw a bright meteor in daylight. :)
They have added a nice animation. http://www.spaceweather.com/

As a child I lived in a little village and the nearest street lights were over 30 km away. I only had to switch off our outdoor lamp and it was dark. :)
Once I saw a Russian rocket launch from Plesetsk. First the rocket rised slowly and then it looked like it fell down. Actually it started to fly fast to east. The gas trail was visible for a long time.

BTW I noticed they had switched on the Christmas lights. More light pollution. :lol:

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Post by airis » Tue Nov 19, 2002 12:35 pm

It´s over now. I saw many meteors last night. :D First ones at 2 am (all times local).
One meteor exploded and left a beautiful green gas cloud. Then it was cloudy. I saw some meteors between the clouds at 4 am. Then it was cloudy till 6 am. :(

I thought I won´t see the peak at all. Fortunately the sky was clear from 6 am to 7 am. I saw 3 to 5 meteors per minut or over 200 meteors per hour. :D http://www.spaceweather.com/ They were really fast. Then it clouded over again and I got home at 8 am. It was -10°C. With warm clothing it wasn´t too cold.

Next I'll wait for the Geminids December 14th. It is one of the best annual meteor showers with about 60 meteors per hour. Today I found out that the next big meteor storm may be Perseids in August 2004.

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Post by Elmo » Tue Nov 19, 2002 12:55 pm

I didn't see anything, because it was cloudy :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Post by K3lvin » Tue Nov 19, 2002 2:46 pm

Too cloudy in southern Finland too :(
If anyone knows links to some pics of the Leonids, please post them.

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Post by bhoeyb » Tue Nov 19, 2002 10:41 pm

There was a lot of fog at my place :evil: :cry: :cry: . It was even hard to see the other side of the road 8O :cry: . No meteors for me ...

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Post by hebben-en-houden » Tue Nov 19, 2002 10:59 pm

No meteors seen here :cry:
Only clouds :roll:
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