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LEONID DAILY NEWS: November 26, 2001

train spectrum

Slit-less spectra of persistent train emission.


Not one, but several persistent trains were captured in low-resolution spectra by Czech astronomer Dr. Jiri Borovicka, who obtained similar results during the 1999 Leonid MAC mission. Dr. Borovicka observed from our ground site at Mount Lemmon Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. The spectrum in the figure is from the bright fireball that was reportedly seen in the night prior to the Leonid storm at 12:57 UT (Nov. 17). It shows the zero-order image to the right and the first order spectrum to the left. As before, the spectrum shows an emission line from sodium and a broad molecular band emission that was identified as the "orange arc" emisison of FeO based on observations from the 1999 Leonid MAC mission and laboratory analysis by Dr. John Plane of the University of East Anglia. In addition, there is strong emission at longer wavelengths in the red and near-IR. Dr. Borovicka also obtained spectra at an earlier phase, showing numerous lines caused by the recombination of ions and electrons. This is a newly recognized phase in meteor spectroscopy.

More results can be found at Dr. Borovicka's Leonids 2001 site.

Previous news items:
Nov 26 - Near-IR persistent train emission
Nov 24 - Results of near-real time flux measurements
Nov 22 - Wowh! Optical meteor spectra
Dec. 25 - Ursid shower circular IMO
Dec. 24 - Ursid shows early release of sodium
Dec. 23 - Ursid outburst confirmed
Dec. 18 - Dec 22 Ursid outburst
Nov. 20 - A bacterial fingerprint?
Nov. 15 - HCN disappears mysteriously
Nov. 14 - Meteor shower from space
Nov. 13 - Organic fingerprint
Nov. 12 - Train airglow chemistry
Nov. 11 - Hard bits and persisting glows
Nov. 10 - Meteoroid debris detected
Nov. 09 - New meteor picture
Nov. 08 - Spin city
Nov. 07 - Meteors affect atmospheric chemistry
Nov. 06 - Listen to this!
Nov. 04 - Fear of heights?
Nov. 03 - The pale (infra-red) dot
Nov. 02 - Twin showers
Nov. 01 - Leonids approaching Earth
Oct. 31 - Prospects for Moon Impact Studies
Oct. 30 - Comet dust crumbled less fine
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Results of this work were published in "Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets" (Cambridge University Press).

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