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Meteor storm on November 18 will be worst since 1966

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      November 1, 2001 by MW Mandeville

      ITEM(S): Meteor storm on November 18 will be worst since 1966

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      GLOBAL communications could be disrupted next month by the
      most severe meteor storm to strike the Earth since the beginning of
      the satellite age.

      More: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-2001350482,00.html


      From the London Times

      MONDAY OCTOBER 08 2001

      Meteor storm 'will be worst since 1966'

      BY MARK HENDERSON, SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT

      GLOBAL communications could be disrupted next month by the most severe meteor
      storm to strike the Earth since the beginning of the satellite age.
      An unusually dense shower of space dust will bombard the planet in the early
      hours of November 18, producing a spectacular display of shooting stars but
      also threatening thousands of satellites with short-circuits.

      This year’s Leonid meteor shower, which happens annually as the Earth passes
      through debris left behind by a comet, will be the most severe since 1966 and
      easily the worst since more than a handful of satellites have been present in
      orbit, scientists predict.

      Even though each particle of dust from the Tempel-Tuttle comet weighs less than
      a milligram, the particles travel at such high speeds that a direct hit on a
      satellite would have a devastating effect, producing a cloud of charged gas
      that would short its electrics.

      The risk of such an impact for each individual satellite is small — about one
      in 1,000 — but with several thousand satellites orbiting the Earth, it is
      highly probable that at least a handful will be disabled or knocked out.
      Communications, television, weather, science and military spy satellites could
      be affected.

      There will be a big compensation for stargazers, however, bringing the best
      chance to see shooting stars in more than three decades.

      When the Earth enters the cloud, about 10,000 meteors an hour will be visible
      in the sky, compared with the 20 to 30 that are normally seen during the Leonid
      showers.

      The best places in the world to view the event will be the United States and
      eastern Asia, but experts are divided over whether the show will be visible
      from Britain. One group in the United States has calculated that about 100 to
      150 meteors per hour should be present in the skies of Western Europe, but a
      British team thinks this unlikely.

      There will be another opportunity to see a big Leonid shower next year and
      astronomers agree that Britain will see it then. The threat to satellites will
      also be repeated. The Leonids are so called because they always appear in the
      sky in the position occupied by the constellation Leo.

      Some operators will be able to minimise the chances of losing their satellites
      by putting them into an orbit away from the side of the Earth on which the
      Leonids will strike.



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