Coordinated Observations of Leonids in Israel


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Abstract

Ground-based meteor observations from Israel were coordinated with the 1999 Leonid Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign. For the first time, a large concentration of observational means for meteor astronomy was gathered in a small country. Many observations were specifically keyed to the peak of the Leonid activity, when the predictions indicated a possibly strong storm component that would be ideally observable from the Middle East. This unique opportunity allowed us to forge collaborations with the amateur astronomers community and with high-technology industries, who contributed unique observational means. The elaborate preparations led to an unprecedented success, yielding unique observational results. Some of these are included in these proceedings, but their interpretation and incorporation in a coherent picture of the Leonid meteors is still to come.

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