1999 Leonid Storm
I travelled to the Sinai Desert, Egypt, with a
group of similarly intrepid observers to await the predicted storm. As it turned out we
were treated to a superb spectacle. The decision to go to
the Sinai Desert with its clear, dark skies and ideal viewing conditions proved to be an
excellent one by the expedition's organisers.
|Leo rising over the Sinai mountains. A bright Leonid streaks away
from the radiant. At least three other Leonids are also visible. Ten minute untracked
exposure through a 28mm lens at f/1.8.
|A spectacular Leonid flashes through Puppis. Canis Major is to the
right and Orion is top of the frame. Note the green train. Three minute tracked exposure
through a 24mm lens at f/2.5.
|At least 14 meteors are visible on this image. Ten minute tracked
exposure through 24mm lens at f/2.5 taken around the time of the storm.
|North polar star trails taken on the morning of the 17th November
1999. One hour exposure through 24mm lens at f/8.