Meteors are the luminous result of tiny particles, called meteoroids,
Earth's atmosphere at high speeds (11...71 km/s). The meteoroids are
debris released either from comets or asteroids.
Most spectacular meteor displays are caused when the Earth passes through a dense swarm of meteoroids close to the original orbit of their parent object. In this case we observe a meteor shower. The best known is the Perseids shower. Many other showers exist and can be observed at different times of the year.
Check also the shower calendar for the year 2011.
Meteors can be observed with various techniques. The optical methods include VISUAL, PHOTOGRAPHIC, and VIDEO observations. Descriptions, including details about advantages and disadvantages of the various techniques can be found on the IMO homepage, or on a page provided by Sirko Molau of the Arbeitskreis Meteore e.V.
The meteor image shown here was obtained during the Perseid peak in 1994, observed from Last Chance Creek, CA. The -8m Perseid fireball appeared southwest of the Pleiades cluster in the morning of August 12.
|In the years between 1998 and 2002 the Leonids produced great meteor showers. Peak rates reached `storm levels', i.e. more than 1000 per hour for about 20-30 minutes especially in the years 1999, 2001 and 2002. In the subsequent years, the rates dropped to the usual lower level known for the period between the dense meteoroid dust trails.|
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