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Predicting that Thailand, China, Burma, India and Pakistan would see the phenomenon clearly, he said many Chachoengsao and Chon Buri schools had set to organise astronomy camps for students...
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* "...thousands of luminous bodies shooting across the firmament in every direction. There was little wind and not a trace of clouds, and the meteors succeeded each other in quick succession."
* "At Boston, the frequency of meteors was estimated to be about half that of flakes of snow in an average snowstorm"
* There was a belief that the stars were falling from the skies. Impromptu prayer meetings were held.
* At Independence, Missouri, local Indians used the signal to push the Mormon community out of town onto the Oregon trail.
* In 1878 the historian R. M. Devens listed the meteor storm as one of the 100 most memorable events in U.S. history.

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Predictions for the 2009 Leonids

The Earth may encounter three dust trails left from the 1466, 1533 and 1567 appearances of comet Tempel-Tuttle.
However the orbits are not constrained well enough to give accurate predictions.

The 1466 trail may be encountered at 21:40 UT, 17th November, 2009.
The 1533 trail may be encountered at 22:00 UT, 17th November, 2009.
There is a possibility that the 1567 trail may be encountered at 07:00 UT, 17th November, 2009.

These would indicate that increased activity may be observed for  Middle Eastern and European observers.

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"The International Meteorological Organization has predicted more than 1,000 Leonid meteors per hour to show up during the peak hour of 21:43 universal time, or 5 a.m. in the Philippines" - Jose Mendoza IV of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

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Looking up the citizens witnessed an astronomical panorama, stars flaming across the sky in red, yellow and brilliant green. For almost two hours the arial bombardment continued, panic set in, people fell to their knees as they thought the final day of judgement was at hand.
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Astronomers from Caltech and NASA say a strong shower of Leonid meteors is coming in 2009. Their prediction follows an outburst on Nov. 17, 2008, that broke several years of "Leonid quiet" and heralds even more intense activity next November.

"On Nov. 17, 2009, we expect the Leonids to produce upwards of 500 meteors per hour. That's a very strong display" - Bill Cooke of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

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The Leonids hit their peak every year around Nov. 17 - and the meteors made a particularly big splash in the 1999-2002 time frame, because that was when Earth's orbit passed right through some of the heaviest streams of dusty debris left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle.

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1833 meteor shower prompted 'Stars Fell on Alabama' song
November 12-13, 1833: In a spectacle seen across the Southeast, a fantastic meteor shower causes this night to be known as "the night stars fell on Alabama." The shower created such great excitement across the state that it became a part of Alabama folklore and for years was used to date events.

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The return of the famous Leonid Meteor Shower took place over the weekend as the meteor display lit up the sky.
The Leonid meteors are made up of debris which are out in space and broke off of the Tempel-Tuttle comet. Every 33.25 years it goes through the inner solar system.

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If weather interferes, sky-gazers have slightly less than a month to wait for an even better display - the Geminid meteor shower set to peak Dec. 13 and 14.

The Geminids are probably the best show of the year in December because it produces about one meteor a minute. The two best showers of the year are the Perseids in August and the Geminids in December - Edward M. Murphy, University of Virginia astronomy professor.

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