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Leonids
What is a Leonid?

From the Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary:

Leonid; one of the shooting stars constituting the meteoric shower that recures near the 14th of November.

Well, that told us a lot. :)

I think what they are trying to say is that Leonids are Meteor Showers. And that they appear at the constallation near Leo in November.
All I know for sure is that I love to go out and watch this beautiful site in the night skies.

Within the links I will provide.

We can learn all about Leonids.


Leonids in the years to come
Leonids 2000

Observers in the year 2000 will be handicapped by a moon near last quarter, putting it very near the constellation of Leo, the radiant point for the shower. The brightness of the moon will diminish the number of faint metors that can be seen. The Earth is predicted to pass near two different debris streams of significance, however, the first ejected from the comet in 1733, and the second from the year after the comet's discovery in 1865.

Observers in western Africa, western Eurpoe, and northeastern South America will be favorably located to view the first peak, predicted to occur at approximately 03:44 UT on the 18th of November. The second peak will be visible to stargazers in North America, Central America, and northwest South America some four hours later, near 07:51 UT.

Leonids 2001
If the 2000 Leonids disappoint, then the 2001 Leonids should be the redemption for a poor sky show the year before. The moon is nearly new during thes time of November, promising dark skies for observing. The presence of three different debris streams offer the possibility for a spectacular show from many different parts of the world.

The activiyt begins with the Earth's close passage to the 1767 dust trail, Norht and Central America. Estimated activity is in the vicinity of 1,500 meteors per hour. Seven hours later, the Earth will pass through overlapping debris streams, ejected from Temp-Tuttle in 1699 and 1866. Dual peaks at 17:31 UT and 18:19 UT will make for an excellent sky show over Austrailia, East Asia, and Central Asia.

Leonids 2002

The moon will be nearly full during the 2002 Leonids activity, again diminishing the observing quality, as was the case two years earlier. As was the case in 2001, the Earth will be encountering two different debris tails, the first from 1767, and the second from 1866.

A first peak of about 15,000 meteors per hour (ZHR) will be seen over western Eurpoe and Africa as well as norther UT. The second and more intense peak of about 25,000 meteors per hour will occur over North America at 10:36 UT the same night.

Leonids 2006

For your long-range planning, consider the Leonids in November of 2006. While Tempel-Tuttle will have been on its out-bound journey from the inner solar system for over 8 years, there remains the possiblity of a small and well-defined outburst visible from parts of western Europe and Africa, as the Earth passes directly through the debris stream from the visit of the comet in 1932. The shower is predicted to peak at about 04:45 UT on November 19, with a Zenith Hourly Rate of about 100 meteors per hour.

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