12/06/2005

Leonid Meteor Shower

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Leonid Meteor Shower

***** Location: Worldwide
***** Season: Winter, November
***** Category: Heavens

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Explanation

Leonid Meteor Shower
The Leonids, which recur each November, had a spectacular run between 1999 and 2002. The meteor showers of those years approached the intensity of "meteor storms," a threshold generally marked when viewers can see a thousand meteors an hour.
This week marks the return of the Leonid meteor shower. The heavenly show is expected to peak on Friday, November 19, at 1:40 a.m. ET for sky-watchers in North America. The spectacle looks to be the second-to-last chance to see the shower in this century.
Read more here in the National Geographic
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/11/1112_041112_leonid_meteor_shower.html



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There are superb pictures of the Leonid storm on the link below.
Observed from Big Bay, Illinois, 2:30am - 4:30am CST November 18, 2001 and
Ayers Rock, Australia November 19-20, 2001



http://www.icstars.com/HTML/Leonids2001/orionbolide.html
http://www.icstars.com/HTML/Leonids2001/


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German Link about the Leonids
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leoniden


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Worldwide use

USA
the meteor showers visible in north america are as follows:

*quadrantids jan 4 40 per hour 2 days
*lyrids apr 21 15 per hour 4 days
*eta aquarids may 4 20 per hour 6 days
*delta aquarids july 28 20 per hour 14days
*perseids aug 12 50 per hour 4 days
*orionids oct 21 25 per hour 4 days
*s. taurids nov 3 15 per hour
*leonids nov 16 15 per hour
*geminids dec 13 50 per hour 5 days
*ursids dec 22 15 per hour 4 days

the meteors appear to originate in the constellations that give the meteor showers their names.

the duration 'centers' on the peak date shown. thus, you will see some showers in the days before and after the peak date. theoretically, the peak date will have the peak number of meteors.

the source of the above is 'the golden skyguide, a field guide for amateur astronomers'.
i also have 'the peterson field guide to the stars and planets' and the collins gem guide 'the night sky'. each has its own value. the night sky would fit in the pocket of anyone it is about 3" x 4.5". Suited to take on a walk.

Susan Delaney

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i will be looking up, watching for the meteors.
a funny story:

it was 5.30 a.m. and comet Hale-Bopp was high and bright in the eastern sky.

i was walking in my neighborhood. a man, already dressed for business, came out to get his paper just as i approached his sidewalk.

'have you seen the comet?', i asked.

'no, but i was in a chat room with Bopp last night, etc, etc.'

'have you seen the comet?', i asked again.

'no, but blah, blah, blah, about the science of it.'

'have you seen the comet?', i asked again.
he was beginning to get that i was trying to tell him something.
he paused and stopped his 'head talk'.

i pointed to the comet.
he looked up, mouth agape.

i walked away silently, leaving him to commune with the comet.

susan delphine delaney md
plano texas


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Things found on the way

Radio Meteor Observatory's On Line
http://radio.data.free.fr/main.php3

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HAIKU

Leonidenstrom -
in der Nachbarwohnung
ein lauter Streit

。。。。。Leonid Storm -
。。。。。in the neighbour’s flat
。。。。。noisy quarreling

Andrea D`Alessandro

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part of a kasen dated this autumn 2004:

Novembermond
gespiegelt im Weiher
wie ein Diamant
(Laura D`Alessandro, daughter of Andrea)

**Teleskopblick
**zum Leonidenstrom
(Andrea D`Alessandro)

Moon of November,
mirrored in the pond
like a diamond
(Laura D`Alessandro)

** Telescope-view
** to the Leonids.
(Andrea D`Alessandro)


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leonids--
the sparkle
in her laugh


Deborah Kolodji
Published : tinywords in 2007/11/19


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ryusei no tsukai-kire-zaru sora no take

Shugyo Takaha (1930-)

a shooting star...
unable to use up the length of
the vast sky


(Tr. Susumu Takiguchi)
Daily Yomiuri, September 2005
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/features/language/20050906TDY19002.htm


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Leonid Meteor shower
brings us
the thousands of blisses .


- Shared by Chappy Fukuda -
Haiku Culture Magazine, 2013



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Related words

***** Geminid Meteor Shower
kigo for winter (December)

The Geminid meteor shower is ongoing through December 19th. Peak activity occurs during the 13th and 14th. The meteors are composed of debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The Geminids have increased in intensity since first seen in 1862.
This information is from accuweather.com




the Geminid meteor shower:
scratches in the night blanket
day light peeks through

Fred Masarani
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cherrypoetryclub/message/20989



The Geminids peaked last night about midnight, USA EST. My sons saw two bolides (fireballs or bright long trailed meteors). I counted four meteors, total, but only was able to see one bolide.

shooting stars:
Daruma recites sutra
after surta!

Chibi
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Darumasan-Japan/message/625


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***** Perseid Meteor Showers: August 12,
Kigo for Early Autumn


The Game of Lugh.
This is an old Celtic name for the Perseids, the most familiar of all meteor showers, that take place at around this time of year. Associated with the Swift-Tuttle Comet, the Perseids have been well documented since at least 830 CE and take their name from the constellation Perseus where shooting stars appear. We can well imagine ancient Celts looking upon these wonders and associating them with other phenomena of the season between the equinox and solstice, including the heat of the last ofthe Dog Days. They attributed the celestial display of Perseid lights to games being played by Lugh, 'the shining one'.

References:

NASA site featuring information on the Perseids:
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/22jul_perseids2005.htm

Wilson's Almanac
http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/aug1.html

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Haiku

12 August is a promising night for shooting stars -- so, I ventured out to the hotel terrace in the dark of midnight in the German forest area of the Eiffel. A breathtaking sky -- in Brussels, one forgets how many stars there are... And, within five minutes, three shooting stars!

midnight sky
star upon star upon star
one falling... two... three...

Isabelle Prondzynski


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a perseid night -
from the flames
the fire spirit


- Shared by Shawn Lee Whitney -
Joys of Japan, 2012


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meteor shower
how many dreams
to fulfill


- Shared by Angelo Ancheta -
Joys of Japan, August16, 2012



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On Saturday at dusk, after the fire tragedy that also destroyed a transformer and left a section of Soweto in darkness for three days, while we stood by watching the Kenya Power and Lighting Company staff fixing the trasformer:


shooting star--
we mistake its bright streak
for power return


Patrick Wafula
Kenya, August 2012



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Related words

Morning star (myoojoo), evening star, venus Japan, worldwide

Star (hoshi), shooting star (nagareboshi), Big Dipper Japan. Many related KIGO !

Star Festival (Tanabata, Japan) Milky Way (ama no gawa)


. Astronomical Saijiki .
by Shawn Lee Whitney, USA



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7 comments:

. Gabi Greve said...

More information about daytime meteors and other heavenly phenomenon:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WHCworldkigo/message/1713

Gabi Greve

. Gabi Greve said...

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straight overhead
in this cool autumn air
my dear, dear orion



susan delphine delaney md
plano, texas


p.s. in the hot climates, we are ecstatic about fall coming. in the north, where winters are harsh, there is a melancholy.

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Anonymous said...

orionids --
even the sky can't sleep
tonight


Deborah P. Kolodji, 2006
http://tinywords.com/haiku/2006/11/17

Anonymous said...

.
Comet McNaught and Haiku

exclamation point -
a comet streaks
the sunset

-Deborah P. Kolodji, California-


SUPERB COMET
the other words are useless
Cielo Despejado!!!

-Catalin Paduraru, Spain-

Read more and look at SUPER PHOTOS !
© //www.cosmopoetry.ro/comet/
Coordinator: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Ella Wagemakers said...

shooting stars
so many wishes
before I retire

:>) Ella
*who still has about 20 working years to go ...

Unbelieveable Stuff said...

really lik to See this Kind of thing in the Sky.........Hope So Next update More attractive

Iris said...

at the top
Sisyphus raises his gaze
shooting star

Irena Szewczyk

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/features/news/20121227p2g00m0fe039000c.html

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