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Glimpse of the Leonids?

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Once again, the Leonids herald an overcast skyline. Conditions were looking favourable an hour ago, but the clouds have returned without a glimpse of a meteor. Maybe next year….

Posted on Nov 19, 2004 at 02:57:34. [Comments for Glimpse of the Leonids?- 0]

Flaming Fireballs

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I have just seen my first fireball, and it was so exciting I had to jot this down. Only popped outside for a second, and in the corner of my eye I saw a bright trail shooting across the north-eastern sky, far larger and brighter than the average shooting star. To start with I wasn't sure what it was, and then the ball intensified dramatically, and with an intense flash it burnt out in the atmosphere, leaving a small trail of tiny fragments. No annual meteor showers due at the current time, but this must have been a good size rock (or a wayward satellite!).

Also stoked, since Simon Winchester's Krakatoa arrived in the post this morning. Couldn't have been better timing, since I am facing an eighteen hour journey to Bordeaux next week to surf the Gironde Mascaret, and catch up with the local Dordogne bore surfing crew. Been itching to get my hands on this book. His previous book, The Map that Changed The World, was a fascinating read, and this should make for an interesting comparison to Rupert Furneaux's 1964 Krakatoa which I picked up in a Hay second hand book store last Summer. Plus brushing up a bit of my Geology - a refreshing change from the stack of computing books I have been trawling through in recent months!

Posted on Sep 20, 2003 at 03:06:38. [Comments for Flaming Fireballs- 0]

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