The Great Leonid Meteor Storm of 2001

Three meteors to the east.
From 2:00 to 3:30, meteors fell at a rate of 20-30 per minute. Fireballs frequently lit up the landscape like lightning. Greenish trails hung in the upper atmosphere for a few seconds to several minutes (one lasted about four minutes). Dew coated my lens long before the storm got up to full strength; these photos are all of the preliminaries, before the big show started. These shots are all affected by dew.
On November 19, 2001, I went to a dark sweet potato field in the doomed village of Kono to watch the meteor storm.
Meteors in Orion
The Pleiades (my favorite stars), a meteor, and a fence for drying rice.
A very bright meteor to the south
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