Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Meteor Shower Saturday Night

The peak of the Leonid meteor shower is expected around 11:45 p.m. Eastern Time this Saturday night. That's 12:45 a.m. Sunday morning here on Bonaire. If we have clear skies, I'll be outside to see what I can see.

I think the two most amazing things I've ever seen were the total solar eclipse here on Bonaire in 1988, and the Leonid Meteor shower, also here on Bonaire, in 1991 I think.

I don't normally stay up until the wee hours of the morning to observe meteor showers, but I do make an exception for Leonid shower, just in case it goes off like it did in 1991.


Anonymous said...

That's the one where we were seeing actual fireballs right?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't that in 1998? Is that when Sally , Tony, the boys and I joined you guys? That was THE best shower I've ever seen!!!!

Brad said...

Yeah, it must have been 1998, if Richard was still around to see it. He was away at college by 2001.

I went out to a dark site on the East coast from 12:15 to 01:15, Bonaire time, and saw one Leonid, as I was driving back home! I did see a few nice meteors while I was out there, but they weren't Leonids.

There were too many clouds to make it worthwhile setting up the telescope, and there was a great lightning display in the clouds to the South.