A brief report on the Leonid meteor shower
Here in the Seattle
area we got up to around an average of 1/min during the 10:00-11:00 UTC
(2-3 AM local
) time frame. One estimate predicted a later, larger peak around 13:00 UTC but it was cold, and we were very tired. (We were up then because most of the predictions I found on the web showed the peak then for this area. The universe in it's typical perversity seems to have chosen the lone outlier
as the correct prediction.)
Most of those we did see were near the zenith and left fairly long (10 degrees), spectacular trails. Based on what I've read elsewhere this was probably the leading edge of the storm. Even missing the peak, it was beautiful and worth the cold and the wait.