Mediterranean Leonid 2001

A road trip from Ankara to the Mediterranean coast southeast of Antalya, Turkey found
clear skies and splendid scenery for astrophotographer Tunc Tezel's viewing of the 2001
Leonid meteor storm. There he captured this dream-like image of a fireball meteor near the
twilight horizon, reflected in calm ocean waters. Lights from coastal dwellings and nearby
islands are seen in the foreground with brilliant Sirius shining as the brightest star in the
heavens, visible in the constellation Canis Major at the upper right. Many enthusiasts who made
special trips to view this November's Leonids were rewarded with similar spectacles of the
fireball-rich storm. Airborne astronomers too had much to be thankful for as Leonid observations
from a specially equiped aircraft flying at 40,000 feet produced bountiful data on the chemical
composition of these dust grains from a comet's tail.