November 2002 Observations

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A strange Leonid meteor with interesting features.
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2002 Leonids

The 2002 Leonid MAC Campaign was a great success thanks to Dr. Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute, and the folks from NASA Dryden. The meteor tracker operated as expected and imaged several hundred meteors.

Slow motion movie of Nov 17, 2002 06:49:55UT Fireball RealMedia 57Kb
RealVideo of the Aurora 08:20UT Nov 19, 2002. 509Kb
RealVideo Leonids 10:00-11:00UT Collection of many short segments. 997Kb
(Imaged during the 2002 Leonid MAC Campaign)

Two video fields of a dimmer meteor
09:14:14UT Nov 19, 2002 Narrow Field image
10:18:17UT Nov 19, 2002 Narrow Field image

Very bright meteor image
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06:49:55UT Nov 17, 2002. This meteor left a train that lasted over 4 minutes.
06:49:58ut Nov 19,2002 (RealMedia)
Slow motion Narrow Field Camera (RealMedia)
Wide field image of max brightness
Image of meteor reappearing.
Videos from the wide field camera with ~55 degree field of view
03:49:58UT Nov 19 - Real Media
03:55:16UT Nov 19 - Real Media
04:03:48UT Nov 19 - Real Media
04:05:26UT Nov 19 - Real Media
04:14:11UT Nov 19 - Real Media
04:17:09UT Nov 19 - Real Media
04:21:36UT Nov 19 - Real Media
05:35:28UT Nov 19 - Real Media
05:35:28UT Nov 19 - Real Media
07:19:25UT Nov 19 - Real Media

More meteors...
10:50:08UT - Burst tracked near the radiant - Real Media
JPG Image of train from narrow field camera
10:18:17UT narrow field image

Fairly bright meteor with fragmenting head at termination - Real Media
JPG Image of remnant
Narrow field frame at max brightness

The wiggly nature of a meteor

Digital Photo of Aurora from NASA DC-8

Real Media Aurora Video (895 Kb)
Streamed Version

The aurora were quite interesting. They were first detected by Mike Taylor on the right side of the plane, who was monitoring the skyglow. He called out that he was picking up increasing levels of ionized oxygen. Soon, there was an outbreak of auroras which eventually spilled over to the south side of the plane. They were extremely active and pulsating rapidly but were not very apparent to the unaided eye. However, they showed up well on image intensified cameras. The color photo is an 8 second exposure looking north, using a Nikon CP950.