On the Origin of the 1999 Leonid Storm as Deduced from Photographic Observations
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- Trigo-Rodríguez, J.M., Llorca, J. & Fabregat, J. Earth, Moon, and Planets (2002) 91: 107. doi:10.1023/A:1021308124668
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Photographic multi-station observations of 18 Leonid meteorsobtained by the Spanish Photographic Meteor Network are presented. For each meteoroidthe radiant position, trajectory data and orbital parameters are discussed and compared totheoretical radiant positions and orbital elements of particles ejected from 55P/Tempel–Tuttle in 1899.We discuss the role of mean velocity imprecision in the dispersion of some orbital parameters,specially the semimajor axis. Finally, by applying the dust trail theory we have adjusted the1999 Leonidstorm orbits to a defined semimajor axis value to test the quality of photographic observations.