Leonids 2002 Results

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Edmonton, AB - November 19, 2002

Following are results from observations at the Bannerman school observatory (Jodie Kachkar), Spruce Ave school observatory (Dean Jaster's Science 9 class), Bruce McCurdy's observatory, and the Nova observatory (Dave Cleary) focusing on the period from 3 to 4 am when the peak of meteor activity was predicted for the morning of November 19, 2002. The peak was predicted by several groups to occur at around 3:36. Our evidence indicates that a sharp peak happened at around 3:47 as shown by all four observatories.

For a look at the complete results from all four observatories from midnight to 6 am, follow the link at the top of the page.

Bannerman School

Spruce Avenue

Bruce McCurdy

Dave Cleary

Note that interference was created at points A & B on the chart when the computer monitor was turned on during these observations. This next trace is a close up of interference at point A beginning at approximately 3:18:48 and lasting about a minute. The interference at B looks exactly the same but lasts a shorter period of time.

Following is an observation done on August 8, 2002 a few days prior to the start of the Perseid shower between 3 and 4 am, the same time frame as depicted in the observations at the four observatories shown above. Note the marked difference in the number of meteor "hits" on this chart compared to the night of the Leonids. 

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