2009 Leonid Meteor Shower
In 2009, a small peak of activity was predicted as the Earth passed through a
band of particles shed by a comet. Though the moon phase was favorable for viewing,
the brief peak was predicted to occur during daylight for the Pacific
coast of the U.S. Despite this, we had decent show. Locally, peak activity
seemed to happen in the hours just before sunrise.
The photo above is a composite created from frames containing meteors,
taken every 45 seconds throughout the night.
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the outline of Leo, where the meteor shower radiant is located.
The glow at the lower left is from the city of Palm Springs, while the glow extending
upwards on the right is the zodiacal light, which is from sunlight reflecting off dust particles
in the plane of our solar system.
Some video sequences of the frames used for the composite are here: