Leonid Meteor Train
This gradually changing persistent train of a bright Leonid was photographed over California by Peter Jenniskens at the San Luis Reservoir on November 18, 1995. The meteor appeared at 11:45:22 Universal Time (UT). A persistent train was visible with the naked eye for six minutes. The train was photographed in a series of one-minute exposures starting at 11:45:59, 11:46:59, 11:47:59, 11:49:06, 11:50:05, and 11:51:06 UT. The inset shows the same meteor from a different observing site in an image by Mike Koop at Henry Coe State Park.
Date: 18 Nov 1995
Image Credit: Mike Koop (California Meteor Society), Peter Jenniskens (NASA Ames Research Center)
Credit: Lunar and Planetary Institute