Radio Observation of the 2006 Leonids
Data Collection and Analysis
For details about our equipment and method of data analysis, see our main page. The 2006 Leonid meteor shower showed one major peak, but high count rates were observed over several days. The peak rate we observed was only 19 meteors per hour.
Rates for 2006 Leonids
The following graph shows the meteor count rates per hour we measured for the 2006 Leonids. These rates were determined by a computer program that counted all peaks that climbed at least 20% above the background level in one second. The graph shows the rates observed from Midnight EST 11/16/06 through Noon on 11/20/06.
We observed one peak for the 2006 Leonid meteor shower. The peak rate of 19 meteors per hour occurred between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM EST on November 19, 2006. Leo was just above the horizon at our radio observation region when the 2006 Leonids peaked, which explains the low rate.
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