These pages are devoted to memories of eye-witnesses of the great
1966 Leonid storm.
EYE WITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE 1966 LEONID STORM
- Blake's poem - Dan Ihara, Deep Springs, CA
- 17th birthday on Nov 17, 1966 - Robert Gleaves,
North Texas, TX
- The second shift - Cal Mowrer Jr., Richardson, TX
- Meteors streaking down at an alarming rate - Mike Jones, Shelton, Washington
- Table of important meteor showers - Bruce Weaver, Bradenton, FL
- Clouded out in Jersey - Forest Markowitz, New Jersey
- The wizzard of Oz - Pam clemmer, Kansas
- Grandfather - Alan Duniven , Venus, Texas
- Tank story - Jack Mooney, El Paso, Texas
- Crackling and sisling - Willis Jarrel, Jr. ,
- Alien fireworks - Carl Kirkhuff, Wichita, KS
- Hunting trip - Jim Allen, Jacksonville, Arkansas
- Masters - C.A. Feuchter, Alamogordo, New Mexico
- Hear meteors burn up - Greg Arnquist, Seattle, Wa
- Little Boy With Dropped Jaw - Mike Strong, Austin, TX
- Rain in the Mojave Desert - Christine Downing,
- Grandmother - John W. Senner, Little Rock, AR
- I will remember... - Dag Weiser, Santa Cruz, Ca
- Paper route - G.R. Harper, Lynchburg, Va
- Drill sargeant - Fort Benning, Ga
- Proto-astronomer - Bill Keel, Univ. of Alabama
- Inside an enormous cone - Ralph Petrozello
- 13 years and counting - Peter Bias, Ohio
- Rates - Norman McLeod, Florida
- My 1966 Leonids Experience - Richard Nolthenius, Santa Cruz, CA
- Photographing a thousand meteors in 90 minutes - James
W. Young, Wrightwood, California.
- The 1966 Leonids from Scotland - George Spalding,
- Late getting to work - Leon Carpenter, Tatum, Texas.
PICTURES OF THE 1966 STORM
Scores of meteors near the bowl of the Little Dipper, in a 10 to 12 minuteexposure by A. Scott Murrell during the 1966 Leonid storm. He used a 50-mm f/1.9lens and Tri-X film in a camera tracking the stars at New Mexico State UniversityObservatory. Source: Sky & Telescope, November 1995, p. 30.
These images were photographed during the storm of 1966 by
James W. Young from Table Mountain, California.
Table Mountain Observatory is at an elevation
of 7500 feet in southern California and is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The 3 minute exposures were taken with Kodak Plus-X 35mm film using a Zeiss-Ikon camera,
with a 35mm f/2 wide-angle lens, using a simple camera tripod. Photo's courtesy TMO/JPL/NASA.
The Leonid storm as seen from Kitt Peak National Observatory on November 18, 1966.
Four images are given
here. Photo's courtesy AURA/NOAO/NSF [Conditions of use].
BEING BORN DURING THE 1966 STORM (NOVEMBER 17, 1966)
"Night of your birth. Thirty-three. The Leonids they were called. God how the stars did
fall. I looked for blackness, holes in the heavens. The Dipper stove." - From: Cormac Mc Carthy,
"Blood Meridian" (1985).
- Faisal M. Butt (fbutt [at] cyber.net.pk), Karachi, Pakistan
(about 7:00 pm = 14:00h UT); "i'm an architect, graduating from the Univ. of
Houston, Univ. Park".
- My grandfather, father, myself, and my son were all born when our dad
was 33 years old, and we're all Leo's too.... weird huh? -
Jon Merryman (jtm [at] surfspider.com),
Santa Cruz, Calif.