Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets

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Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets Autor: Peter Jenniskens


Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets is a unique handbook for astronomers interested in observing meteor storms and outbursts. Spectacular displays of 'shooting stars' are created when the Earth's orbit crosses a meteoroid stream, as each meteoroid causes a bright light when it enters our atmosphere at high speed. Jenniskens, an active meteor storm chaser, explains how meteoroid streams originate from the decay of meteoroids, comets and asteroids, and how they cause meteor showers on Earth. He includes the findings of recent space missions to comets and asteroids, the risk of meteor impacts on Earth, and how meteor showers may have seeded the Earth with ingredients that made life possible. All known meteor showers are identified, accompanied by fascinating details on the most important showers and their parent comets

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Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets Autor: Peter Jenniskens


Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets is a unique handbook for astronomers interested in observing meteor storms and outbursts. Spectacular displays of ‚shooting stars’ are created when the Earth’s orbit crosses a meteoroid stream, as each meteoroid causes a bright light when it enters our atmosphere at high speed. Jenniskens, an active meteor storm chaser, explains how meteoroid streams originate from the decay of meteoroids, comets and asteroids, and how they cause meteor showers on Earth. He includes the findings of recent space missions to comets and asteroids, the risk of meteor impacts on Earth, and how meteor showers may have seeded the Earth with ingredients that made life possible. All known meteor showers are identified, accompanied by fascinating details on the most important showers and their parent comets. The book predicts when exceptional meteor showers will occur over the next 50 years, making it a valuable resource for both amateur and professional astronomers.


Spis treści: Part I. Introduction: 1. How meteor showers were linked to comets 2. What is at the core of comets? 3. The formation of meteoroid streams 4. Meteors from meteoroid impacts in Earth 5. Comet and meteoroid orbits in space and time Part II. Parent Bodies: 6. Long period comets 7. Halley-type comets 8. Jupiter-family comets 9. Fading comets of the inner solar system 10. Asteroids Part III. Young Streams from Whipple-type Ejection: 11. What planets do to dust trails 12. Meteor storm chasing 13. Meteor outbursts from long-period comets 14. Trapped: the Leonid Filament 15. The Leonid storms 16. The Ursids 17. The Perseids 18. Other Halley-type comets 19. Dust trails of Jupiter-family comets Part IV. Young Streams from Comet Fragmentation: 20. Broken comets 21. Quadrantids 22. Geminids 23. The sunskirting streams: Arietids and delta-Aquariids 24. Alpha-Capricornids and kappa-Cygnids 25. The Taurid complex Part V. Old Streams and Sporadic Meteoroids: 26. Annual showers 27. Dispersion from gradually evolving parent body orbits 28. The ecliptic streams 29. Toroidal streams 30. Meteor showers from asteroids 31. Sporadic meteors and the zodiacal cloud Part VI. Impact and Relevance of Meteor Showers: 32. Impact! 33. Meteor showers on other planets 34. Meteors and the origin of life Appendices.


dla: academic researchers, amateurs

isbn 9780521076357
stron 804
Data publikacji 28/08/2008
380 b/w illus.
Paperback 244 x 170 mm

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