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Leonids 2009

18 Nov 2009, 12:28 UTC
Leonids 2009
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According to preliminary counts from the International Meteor Organization (IMO) the Leonids meteors reached a ZHR(max) ~ 120/130 around 22UT of Nov. 17, as predicted by forecasters.The ZHR surge, witnessed by observers in Asia, occurred when Earth passed through the debrisleft from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle in 1466 AD and 1533 AD. When Earth exit these streams, the ZHR count falled to the value ~30/40.Our meteorcam starting to image at 23:30 UT of Nov. 17. In 5 hours of imaging, our camera detected 35 meteors, of which 26 were leonids.This is a composite of the brightest meteors (mostly leonids) imaged by the meteorcam from 23:30 UT of Nov.17 to 04:30 UT of Nov. 18 (because the images were collected over several hours, the radiant of the shower is spread out):While checking online all-sky cameras around the web, I found a nice fireball imaged by the Sbig All-Sky camera on Nov. 17 at 02:20am local time: Here you can see the video sequence showing the fireball and its trail: http://bit.ly/2leox2Ernesto Guido

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