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Leonids over dark skies 2018

28 Nov 2018, 08:52 UTC
Leonids over dark skies 2018
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Waldo Stone - photo: Helen LeeWe stayed the night out on Rhosfach common, perfect for astronomy, no light pollution, no street lights and plenty of open sky .I was dozing for most of the evening and at around 01h30m I ventured outside to do a bit of Leonid fishing.Within a couple of minutes a sporadic meteor was spotted out towards Orion, followed quickly by a sporadic over near Gemini.It was cold outside with a slight breeze, but not noticeably freezing. Within the next minute I spotted my first Leonid, a moderate to fast moving streak of greenish tinged flame shooting towards the Plough.This classic shooting star was unmistakeably a Leonid, the ionized trail was some 5 degrees in length and eminated from the direction of Leo.I only stayed outside for about twenty minutes, in that time I spotted six meteors, only two of them were obvious Leonids.After twenty minutes the cold night started to bite, time to get back to the warmth of the camper van.Looking forward to the Geminids next month.

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