These pages contain links to press releases of
Leonid MAC affiliated organisations and news releases that pertain directly to the
leonid shower and research.
Press Releases and News Stories
THE 2002 CAMPAIGN
SAMPLE OF NEWS STORIES FROM THE 2002 LEONIDS:
THE 2001 CAMPAIGN
SAMPLE OF NEWS STORIES FROM THE 2001 LEONIDS:
- Nov 19, 2001
- LEONID METEORS DAZZLE VIEWERS
(Space.com) - Observers witnessed shooting stars every few seconds, with bursts of
several at once.
- Nov 18, 2001 - ESA's LIVE WEBSITE
(ESA) - Live website for satellite operators, showing Leonid MAC flux measurements
- Nov 19, 2001 -
LEONIDS 2001, THE ADVENTURE DOWN UNDER
(ESA) - ESA scientists capture the Lion's offspring down under
- Nov 18, 2001
- PLANNING PAYS OFF: CHANDRA SAILS THROUGH THE LEONIDS UNHARMED
(Chandra X-Ray Observatory) -
Chandra's operation control center during the 2001 Leonids
- Nov 16, 2001 - LEONIDS AROUND THE CLOCK
(NASA) - This month's Leonid meteor shower promises to be the most spectular in
North America since 1966.
- Nov 13, 2001 - NASA LEONIDS ACTIVITIES: SLEAPHEADS MAY MISS SPECTACULAR CELESTIAL DISPLAY
(JPL) - On Nov. 18, a team of 19 astrobiologists from five countries will depart from
southern California's Edwards Air Force Base on an NKC-135 research aircraft to keep
an eye on the sky for satellite operators and to study the processes that may have
jump-started life on Earth.
- SF Chronicle: Meteor shower offers breakthroughs - Analyzing Leonid event may improve
- Space.com: SPECIAL REPORT: 2001 Leonid Meteor Shower
A grand diversion: the 2001 Leonid storm in words and pictures
- Daily Press: Bursting
sky a fine feast for the soul
SF Chronicle: Celestial magic, Leonid meteor shower delights sky watchers
- Boston Herald: Historic meteor showers light up the pre-dawn sky
- NY TIMES:
Leonid meteor shower, visible worldside, provides dazzling show for
stargazers; shower peaks with average of 10 meteors per minute
- Orlando Sentinel: Meteors light up the night; the annual shower, the most impressive in years,
captivated stargazers across the United States
CNN: MIR, Mars, meteors highlight year in space
CNN: Anticipating what could be the perfect meteor storm
Dec. 20, 2000
SURPRISE METEOR SHOWER EXPECTED ON WINTER SOLSTICE
(NASA Ames Research Center)
An outburst of Ursid meteors is predicted for December 22, 2000, at around 7:29 UT.
This 2-4 hour duration shower with expected peak rates up to 1/minute is caused by
dust from comet 8P/Tuttle that was ejected in 1405 (and 1392), before the time of
SAMPLE OF NEWS STORIES FROM THE 2000 URSIDS:
Space.com: Usually dim Ursids will Provide Light Sho Early Friday
- San Francisco Chronicle: A dance of dust that began in Columbus time
THE 2000 CAMPAIGN
The opportunity for further missions was only confirmed with the Nov. 1999 Leonid
meteor storm. The 2000 campaign followed too closely on the 1999 campaign
to allow us to raise sufficient funding for another airborne campaign this year.
Our focus now is on instrument tests and data reduction in preparation for further
missions in 2001 and 2002 when two more meteor storms are predicted.
First results have been published
in an upcoming special issue of Earth, Moon and Planets.
New excerpts from various papers are given daily at:
Nov. 13, 2000
LEONID METEORS YIELD RICH ASTROBIOLOGY RESEARCH RESULTS
(NASA Ames Research Center)
SAMPLE OF NEWS STORIES FROM THE 2000 LEONIDS:
Leonid meteor shower: sowing the seeds of life?
Los Angeles Daily News: Meteors to light up night sky
CNN: Leonid showers to rain over North America
San Jose Mercury News: Life from Space?
THE 1999 CAMPAIGN
The Great Leonid Meteor Storm of 1833: This Feature Story presents
a charming, first-hand account of the great meteor shower that marked
the discovery of the Leonids and the birth of a new branch of astronomy
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center).
Dec. 03, 1999 -
EDWARDS AIRCREWS ENJOY FRONT-ROW SEATS FOR LEONID (Edwards Air Force Base)
Nov. 23, 1999 -
U OF R GRAD STUDENT RETURNS FROM SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATION FLIGHTS (University of Regina)
Nov 18, 1999 -
STORMY NIGHT FOR ASTROBIOLOGISTS STUDYING LEONID METEORS (NASA Ames Research Center)
Nov 16, 1999 -
LEONIDS ASTROBIOLOGY MISSION OFF TO A GOOD START (NASA Ames Research Center)
Nov. 15, 1999 - Huge
Fireball Dazzles Midwest (Space Science News)
Nov 09, 1999 -
NASA Engineers to Operate Center for Monitoring Leonids Shower; Scientists to Launch
Balloon for Clear View of Leonids Meteors (Marshall Space Flight Center)
Nov 05, 1999 -
A Surprise November Meteor Shower? On November 11, 1999 Earth will pass
close to the orbit of newly-discovered Comet LINEAR C/1999J3. The result
could be a new meteor shower -- the Linearids. This article includes tips
for visual and ham radio observing. (NASA Space Science News)
- Nov 03, 1999 -
Edwards to ferry NASA scientists around world in 8 days to study Leonid (Edwards AFB)
- Nov 03, 1999 -
Leonids on the Moon.
Leonid meteorite impacts on the Moon might be visible from Earth and provide
a means for long-distance lunar prospecting (Marshall Space Flight Center). See
- Nov 01, 1999 -
Air Force Fears Satellite Damage During Upcoming Meteor Showers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force said Friday it will be watching
closely for any damage to U.S missile-warning, communications and other
military satellites when the earth passes through the Leonid Meteor Storm on
The storm, consisting of tiny sand-like particles traveling faster than
140,000 mph, is essentially a cloudy tail of space debris from the comet
Although there was some concern when the earth first passed through the
comet's tail in 1998, the Air Force said scientists expect this year to be
the largest display from Temple-Tuttle since 1966 (Reuters).
- October 27, 1999 -
Most experts agree that 1999 is a likely year for a Leonids meteor storm
(Marshall Space Flight Center, Space Science News).
- September 1, 1999 - (See also:
Fine Leonid Meteor displays predicted through 2002.
November's Leonid meteor shower will produce good displays this year and next, and strong
storms of meteors in 2001 and 2002, according to new research by Dr David Asher, of
Armagh Observatory, and Dr Rob McNaught of the Australian National University.
Writing in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (21 August 1999 issue),
they show how the times when Earth passes through the dense streams of matter in space that produce meteor showers can now be predicted with remarkable
accuracy (Royal Astronomical Society News Release).
June. 22, 1999 -
Leonids on the Horizon: What's in store for the 1999 Leonid meteor
shower? Experts make their predictions
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center).
June. 22, 1999
SAMPLE OF NEWS STORIES FROM THE 1999 LEONIDS:
Leonids Light Up the Sky - heaviest meteor storm in 33 years (ABCNews.com)
A Fall of Comet Dust (Andrew Chaikin, Space.com)
- Leonid storm disappoints
rain in Spain, NASA Space Science News
The Leonid Storm! (Astronomy Now)
Awaiting the storm, Sky & Telescope
Storm watch '99: Leonid meteors may wow the world (Seattle Times)
- Brilliant Leonid storm likely fodder for later Lincoln speech (Jim Vertuno, AP)
- Pace of Leonids expected to increase (CNN.com)
- The Leonids are Back, will they Storm or fizzle?"
Leonid storm in 1999? Earth & Sky Radio Series
- Leonids to
blaze brightly until 2002 (SpaceDaily)
THE 1998 CAMPAIGN
SAMPLE OF NEWS STORIES FROM THE 1998 LEONIDS:
Meteors get glowing reviews (San Jose Mercury News - Glennda Chui)
- New Mexicans
enjoy heavenly light show (AP - Louinn Lota)
Leonid Fireballs dazzle the world (Sky & Telescope)
- Satellites weather:
Satellites survive meteor shower (Washington Post)
- Astronomers review meteor show
Whatever happened to the Leonid meteor shower (Christian Science Monitor)
- Leonids arrive too early (BBC)
Did the Leonid storm peak early? (The Hindu)
birds catch the Leonids (Space Science News)
The 1998 Leonids: a bust or a blast? (Space Science News)
- Did the Leonid Storm peak early
- Scientists prepare for
the unknown from Leonid (Herald Democrat)
The Leonids are coming, the leonids are coming! (ScienceNews Online)
meteor shower to be studied (Popular Science)
- Into the light storm (BBC)
Leonid meteor storm won't deter Hubble (Astronomy Online)
- Space news: Leonid mania
- Mir cosmonauts
deploy meteoroid trap during spacewalk
- Leonid Meteors Provide Test Opportunities For Starfire Optical Range
- The 14th AF is leading the DoD military effort in obtaining information about the upcoming Leonids storm.
- Battening down
for Leonids storm (SpaceDaily)
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