Leonids 2001 Meteor Gallery: Page 2
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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

Dennis Mammana, Mt. Laguna, east of San Diego, CA, USA
Nov. 18
#1, #2, #3, #4, more D. Mammana: "Even through a variable level of (sometimes thick) cirrus clouds, meteors burst overhead bright enough to record on film. A variety of cameras were used--all guided--and all were shot on Kodak P-1600 film."

Lyndon Anderson, near Bismarck, ND, USA
Nov. 18
#1 L. Anderson: "I took this photo at 12:30 a.m. (CST) on November 18, 2001. I could see a very, very weak display of the northern lights to the northeast, and so aimed my camera in that direction. There is a meteor running right up to some clouds and also, towards the top left, a debris train from a meteor a few seconds earlier. "

Stan Richard, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA
Nov. 18
#1, more S. Richard: "A huge fireball startled me like a flash of lightning almost directly overhead between 4-5am CST; I quickly turned the camera straight up and caught what was left of the flourescent green smoke trail, upper level winds starting to blow it apart but it lasted for several minutes, also caught a faint meteor below it. This is cropped from the original print."

Jayme Hanzak, North Carolina, USA
Nov. 18
RealPlayer format: #1 J. Hanzak: ""My video camera was on a tripod looking in the direction of the Big Dipper. The stars move due to Earth's rotation. There are several Leonids in this 21 minute movie; the smoky debris from one took 10 minutes to dissapate." "

Jim Fakatselis, Peconic Dunes County Park, Eastern Long Island, NY
Nov. 18
#1 J. Fakatselis: "The fireball occurred at the very start of the exposure, while the smoke trail accumulated over the 10 min exposure." Photo details: Olympus OM-1 camera, 50mm f/1.4 lens, stopped to f/2.0, through a minus violet filter. Fuji 800 film.

Walter Pacholka, Joshua Tree National Park, CA, USA
Nov. 18
#1, #2, more W. Pacholka: "This brilliant Leonid meteor is streaking below Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Another Leonid races by the Pleiades." Photo details: 35mm camera with std 50mm lens on a tripod.

Ethan Hansen, near Portland, OR, USA
Nov. 18
#1 A pair of meteors with colors filtered through a high level haze. Photo details: Nikon D1x digital camera, 17mm f/2.8 lens, 30 second exposure at ISO 320.

Doug Murray, West Palm Beach, FL, USA
Nov. 18
#1 D. Murray: "I took 6 rolls of film and ended up with 50+ frames of Leonids. What a show! "

David Johnston, Gold Bar, Washington, USA
Nov. 17
#1, more D. Johnston: "This 30 second exposure shows one bright and 3 fainter meteors radiating from Leo, ~3am Nov 18th. Great night! Photo details: Nikon D1x, 30-sec, f2.8, 400 ISO, 24mm."

Mark Vornhusen, Bavaria, Germany
Nov. 18
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5 M. Vornhusen: "I used 50mm and 35mm lenses and Fuji 1600 print film to capture these pictures of the debris from several fireballs over Germany."

Dave Longley, Syracuse, NY, USA
Nov. 18
#1, #2, #3 Photo details: Fuji 800 film with a Minolta 35 mm camera; F 1.7 with exposure generally around 15 seconds.

Alain-Pierre Hovasse, north of Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 18
#1, more A-P Hovasse: "This was taken in the countryside near Toronto. Shot it on film 400 ASA, F2.8 shutter open for 2 or 3 minutes. There were some kids cheering in the dark away from us, and a pack of coyotes joined in as well. "

Joe Coyle, Flagstaff, AZ, USA
Nov. 18
#1 J. Coyle:"This photo was taken with a Nikon F2, Nikkor 24mm lens at f:2.8, about a 30 second exposure not guided, Kodak Gold 800 not pushed. It shows Sirius (lower left) Jupiter at the top, Saturn and Aldebaran (right center) and the constellation Orion with a Leonid just above and left of Betelgeuse."

Doug Coy, Colebrook Reservoir, Colebrook, CT, USA
Nov. 18
#1 Photo Details: Nikon F100 with Kodak max 800 film, 24mm lens, exposure f3.5 for 1 minute

Rick Teichman, New Jersey, USA
Nov. 18
#1 Photo Details: Kodak DC120, 1 megapixel camera, 16 second exposure.

Farley Bridges, Livingston, LA USA
Nov. 18
#1 A rainbow Leonid! Photo Details: 12 sec exposure @ f/1.8 taken with tripod mounted Canon F-1 w/ 50mm lens.

Sam Hall, Chattanooga, TN, USA
Nov. 18
#1 S. Hall: "This is the best and brightest Leonid from my first attempt at catching one on film." Photo details: Fuji Superia 800 ISO, F4.2, Nikon 8008 camera

Glenn Sneddon, Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 18
#1 Photo details: Kodak DC4800 digital camera set to ASA400 for 15 seconds.

Alan Stankevitz, near Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Nov. 18
#1 A. Stankevitz: "The ionized train from this meteor persisted for more than 20 minutes; it expanded in size and moved south during that time."

More images (click on the name of the photographer to view the image):
J. Scott Langworthy (Lake George, New York); Gary D. Smith (Norwich, NY)

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