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Leonid, Can You See?

Mon Nov 19, 2001 4:01 am

I'm now in Melbourne, Australia, local time is 0558, just back from the leonid. Not many meteor, but some are very bright and red. Unfortunately the clouds covered the sky since 4, which probably is the peak hour. The 'peak' for me was at about 3:45, you can see 3 meteor at the same time.

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RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Mon Nov 19, 2001 6:17 am

Yup I saw the leonid meteor showers here in VA from 4-6am. The peak time was from 5-6am. I walked to a middle school that's couple blocked at 5am to watch them with my friends. I was there not that long becuase I was getting cold in my shorts and short sleeve shirt. The temps was in the mid 40s. It was worth it. You could see some meteor showers tonight and early monday morning.


RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Tue Nov 20, 2001 5:01 am

Went to a mountaintop above Bisbee, Az between 2 and 4AM local time Sunday morning and it was absolutely spectacular! Not only were they flying almost continuously for the entire 2 hours, but there were bursts that would have 5-6 in the sky at the same moment. This was under a clear dark sky at about 6500 feet elevation (Mule mountains?) Probably averaged 1-2 per second and there weren't many times without any at all over 5 seconds or so. Unforgettable!
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RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Tue Nov 20, 2001 5:04 am

I got hosed. At 5am in NE Indiana, the fog was so think, you couldn't see 50 feet in front of you.
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RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Tue Nov 20, 2001 5:27 am

I was up at 0430 hrs, U.S. EST to see the show. I live in a rural area, 15 miles WNW of Dulles airport in Virginia. It was an awesome display. Most of the streaks appeared directly overhead, rather than radiating from the constellation Leo.
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RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Tue Nov 20, 2001 9:24 pm

I sat at home to watch them... didn't see much. There's a construction site just opposite my flat and that big light at the crane... duh! Anyway I saw my second shooting star in my life... and only ONE during all the Leonids. Saturday night here in Hong Kong (I know it isn't the peak, but I have to work hard for the school magazine on Monday so I can't stay up all night before) I stayed until Leo rose in the east, but to no fortune.

Is there some meteor shower also in late July this year? There had been quite a lot of shooting stars when I was in Ho Chi Minh City at that time. Not as spectacular as having 3 meteors at the same time though.
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RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Wed Nov 21, 2001 1:43 pm

I stayed up until 2AM Pacific Standard Time (ugh!) to watch the meteor shower. When I went up onto my deck to see it, there was moderate light-high-cloud cover, but a fair amount of clear sky was still visible. I saw 4 "shooting stars," 2 of them very bright. After about 10 minutes I got so cold and wet (my deck was soaked for some reason) that I went in. I'm glad I saw some of it though.

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RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Wed Nov 21, 2001 1:47 pm

The Leonid night was crystal clear here. Even though I live in the suburbs I was still seeing at least one meteor every 5 seconds. They came in groups and there were even some nice bright ones, some even brighter then venus. I took some 2 minute exposures with my camera though Im not expecting great results considering all I had was 100 ISO film.

The funniest thing I saw was people trying to take pictures with their point&shoot cameras with the flash going. Unbeliveble.
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RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Thu Nov 22, 2001 1:43 pm

Hi D-AIGW, I think there is another one on the coming JAN, I think it's about mid or late JAN, can't remember the date... It's the Gemini, but the peak is just about 100 per hour. For the Leonid, it should be >1500 per hour.  Sad

RE: Leonid, Can You See?

Thu Nov 22, 2001 2:12 pm

I just went outside and the moon was out... Kinda isnt good when you need darkness.. So, not to be dissapointed, before I went beddie bye, I looked at the moon, and shook my head back and forth really fast for about 3 minutes... What a rush, especially after drinking that Megarita tonight from Ruby Tuesday!

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