The spectacular Leonid display in 1998 was, up until that time,
the best show that I had ever seen. Observing from a relatively dark site bordering the
Scottish Trossachs during the late evening/early morning of the 17th/18th November, I was
truly amazed at the number of unusually bright and slow moving "earthgrazer"
meteors that graced the skies. Some were so bright that they could be seen backlighting
the thickening cloud cover. Ironically, by the time I got home conditions were excellent
for viewing, clear and very cold, the meteors were much faster and not as bright. My
resistance to the cold ran out just before 1am and I retired to bed; it is history that
the best of the display was to occur several hours later!
In 2002, due to local committments, I stayed in Scotland to observe the last major Leonid display predicted to occur until the end of this century.