2002 Leonids Meteor Gallery

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  Photographer, Location Images Comments

(with radar sounds!)
Rob Suggs, Apache Point Observatory, New Mexico
Nov. 19
video Rob Suggs is the leader of the NASA/MSFC Space Environments Team. On Nov. 19th, he and colleagues captured this video of a Leonid meteor. The soundtrack is the echo of a distant 61 MHz TV transmitter reflected from the meteor's ionized trail.

Bernd Pröschold, Pico del Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Nov. 19
#1 B. Pröschold : "Hundreds of meteor watchers on the Pico del Teide were disappointed because clouds disturbed the viewing conditions during the maximum." Nevertheless a Leonid fireball shines through the clouds in the full-sized version of this picture.

Zsolt Kereszty, Corona Borealis Observatory, Hungary
Nov. 19
#1, more In this star-trailed image, Zsolt Kereszty recorded a point-like Leonid apparently heading straight for the observer.

Thomas Dorman, Horizon City Texas
Nov. 19
video The magnitude of this Leonid fireball was -10.4. That's a "shadow-caster!"

Jim Gamble, el Paso, Texas
Nov. 19
#1 Miles away from Horizon City, an all-sky camera at the El Paso station of the Sandia Meteor Detection Network captured this snapshot of the same fireball mentioned above.

Jim Warthman, near Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 19
#1, more J. Warthman: “I liked the position of the Big Dipper above the cacti. After repeatedly taking photographs of this particular piece of sky, I finally got lucky with a rather dim Leonid streaking just above the bowl of the dipper. Taken with a Canon D30 and 17-35mm lens. Exposure was 30 seconds at ISO 400, f/2.8. The foreground is illuminated only by the full moon, and the clouds by the light dome over Phoenix.”

Lionel Bernardi, near Nice in l'Escarene, France
Nov. 19
#1, #2 The Astro Biniou Club was in its favorite site near Nice in l'Escarene (Altitude 600 m, Long. 07 21 26 East, Lat. 43 50 07 North) for this year's Leonids show. That's where Lionel captured these pictures.

Ulrich Rieth, near Orange, France
Nov. 19
#1, #2, #3, #4 U. Rieth: "From a place near Orange in southern France we observed a real meteor storm with shooting stars appearing in groups of 5 sometimes. When facing the radiant during the maximum I had the impression of driving through a snow storm. " Photo details: 1600ASA and 400ASA (push1) Kodak slide film.

Tom J. Martinez, Powell Observatory near Louisburg, Kansas
Nov. 19
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more T. Martinez: "This was a short but sweet, Leonid over the Astronomical Society of Kansas City's Powell Observatory near Louisburg, Kansas. A Nikon Coolpix 995 and a 30 second exposure was used. This was the last picture of the night, taken at 4:52 a.m."

Michel Benvenuto, near Nice in l'Escarene, France
Nov. 19
#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, more Michel's photos include several smokey debris trails from Leonid fireballs.

Dr Russell Cockman, near Balmaclellan, Scotland
Nov. 19
#1, more R. Cockman (Director of Observations
Association of Falkirk Astronomers): "This image shows three meteors streaking away from the radiant- the brightest was mag -1." Photo details: Minolta camera, 28mm lens, 5min exposure, Kodak Elitechrome slide film.

M. Schroeder, northwest Arkansas, USA
Nov. 19
#1 M. Schroeder: "This is a picture of my Leonid Meteor watch command post. I put a 2 meter ham radio antenna up on my son's backyard fortress so that I could keep in contact with my friend Ed (over in Bentonville) via ham radio. I had my ham radio in one hand and my palmpilot in the other using the program I downloaded from Spaceweather.com to count Leonid meteors."

More images (click on the name of the photographer to view the image):
Christie and Carrie Ponder (Fort Griffin State Park, north of Albany, Texas); Clark Cheney (Nebraska); Brad Templeton (Fremont Peak near Salinas/Monterey California); Francisco Burguera Catalá (Valencia, España); Sterling Lumpkin (Omaha, Nebraska)

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