Leonids 2001 Meteor Gallery: Page 6
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Summary: Sky watchers who saw it will never forget it: the 2001 Leonid meteor storm. The display began on Sunday morning, Nov. 18th, when Earth glided into a dust cloud shed by comet Tempel-Tuttle in 1766. Thousands of meteors per hour rained over North America and Hawaii. Then, on Monday morning Nov. 19th (local time in Asia), it happened again: Earth entered a second cometary debris cloud from Tempel-Tuttle. Thousands more Leonids then fell over east Asian countries and Australia.

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

Michael Pique, Learmonth Solar Observatory, near Exmouth, Western Australia
Nov. 19
#1 M. Pique: "The Southern Cross is behind the bottom of the dish, with beta and alpha Centauri rising below. The meteor crossed almost in front of the south celestial pole. "

John Flinn, Mt. Shasta, California, USA
Nov. 18
#1 J. Flinn: "The view of the Leonids with Mt. Shasta as a backdrop was really spectacular. Sometimes as many as 5 bright Leonids were in the sky at the same time. (Usually in the opposite part of the sky I was aiming my camera). This is one that did not get away." Photo details: Nikon FM2 with 35mm wide angle at F1.7 and 25 seconds exposure on Provia 400F film.

Mike Hutchinson, Muncie, Indiana, USA
Nov. 18
#1, #2, #3, #4 This sequence shows the ring-shaped debris from an exploding Leonid meteor. Photo details: Kodak Royal Gold 400 color print film. 4 sec. exposures. Full-sized frames: #1, #2, #3, #4

Yuichi Takasaka, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Nov. 18
#1 Some sky watchers saw the Leonid storm and a geomagnetic storm at the same time. This view of a Leonid streaking through Northern Lights comes from the Canadian Yukon.

Wally Pacholka, Joshua Tree National Park, near
Palm Springs, California, USA
Nov. 18
#1, more This spectacular image, entitled "The Night of the Falling Stars," is a composite of four one-minute exposures.

Ed Majden, Majden Observatory, Courtenay, B.C. Canada
Nov. 18
#1 Ed Majden captured this spectrum of a Leonid meteor, which reveals oxygen, magnesium, and sodium emissions from the vicinity of the ablating meteoroid. [more information]

Vesa Särkelä, Kemijärvi Finland
Nov. 18
#1, more The full-sized version of this image reveals a Leonid streaking through bright auroras. Photo details: Fuji Provia 400f, 45 sec, f 2.8

More images (click on the name of the photographer to view the image):
Ronald Mochinski (Mickie Gordon Park, Middleburg, VA);

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