Wailing of the Leonids … by Alice ..

Revised; originally published on 17 March 2015
This is from my pre-Shift website “Ascending with Planet Earth (now offline)

Image: “Leonid Meteors in Western Australia,” 15-minute exposure by Andrew Johnston, Australia, 19 November 2001: http://www.esa.int/var/esa/storage/images/esa_multimedia/images/2001/11/leonid_meteors_in_western_australia/9128899-5-eng-GB/Leonid_meteors_in_Western_Australia_node_full_image_2.jpg ..

The wailing of the Leonids happens each year in November when the meteor showers associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle take place. To observers on Earth, the Leonid meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Leo. (Thus it is termed their ‘radiant’.)

The whistling sound of these meteors is due to the trail of ionized particles the meteors leave behind. Winds in the upper atmosphere cause a Doppler effect that alters the frequency picked up by radio stations; thus the eerie wailing effect. Here is a sound byte:

Sound byte: Leonid meteors in Western Australia, Tracks left behind by the November 2000 Leonids shower, as detected by ESA scientists: http://esamultimedia.esa.int/images/spcs/sounds/wailing_leonids.wav .. Explanation here: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Sounds_from_space (search Leonids)

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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