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How uniformly is cometary debris distributed along the entire orbit of the comet?

Meteor showers occur when Earth passes through debris shed by a comet (if I get that right). Does this mean that the entire orbit of the comet is strewn with debris? I suppose that the debris follows ...
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Why don't all perseid meteors follow the same trajectory?

Since these bits of debris crossing Earth's orbit have the same relative speed, why aren't they drawing parallel paths in the upper atmosphere? (consider one hour of observation to minimise Earth's ...
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What is the maximum Clear Sky Light Pollution rating to see the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower?

I'm talking about the Light Pollution ratings on this page: http://www.cleardarksky.com/csk/faq/2.html I live in an area which is a 7 on the Bortle Scale ("red" on clearsky.com), but within 2 hours ...
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Why would the Perseids meteor rate fall off after maximum faster than the increase before maximum?

Writing about the 2018 occurrence of the annual Perseids meteor shower, the EarthSky.org Astronomy Essentials article Start watching for Perseids now says: People tend to focus on the peak mornings ...
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Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing events near Chicago

I'm going to be in Chicago during the weekend of Aug 11th, 2018. Can you suggest any viewing parties that are not too far away? I'm very very amateur. I don't really know too much about astronomy, ...
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Is it possible to image a meteor so the rock is visible?

I was wondering what one would see if they were to look through a telescope tracking a meteor as it shot through the sky. Technology aside, would one be able to see the object tumbling or would it ...
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pH of meteorite [closed]

When a meteorite shower strikes a water body, what will be the pH of the water after the strike. Will it always be $<7$ or Will it always be $>7$ or Will it always be $=7$ or The answer ...
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Meteor shower predicted to be best viewed BEFORE midnight (for reasons other than the moon)?

Reading that the Leonids meteor shower is almost upon us, I clicked some links (e.g. EarthSky.org and NatGeo) to read more of the prediction; especially the part about when to best view them. I had a ...
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Will I be able to see the Leonid Meteor Shower during mid night?

Most of the articles online say that the peak will be in a couple of days and around 2:00 AM in the night. I am currently living in Dubai, UAE. When I use Google Sky Maps, it shows both the Leonids ...
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Fact Check: How bright will the Perseids be in 2017?

A friend sent me an email which appears to be an extract from this Cambridge News article: A meteor shower astronomers have labelled 'a once in a lifetime opportunity' will take over the sky in ...
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Meteor shower from Moon's “debris”

Did we ever witness a "meteor shower" which was actually dust or debris of some kind from our own Moon?
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If Earth had no atmosphere, how many people would be killed by meteors every year? [closed]

Suppose those people engage in similar activity, walking on surface etc.
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In relation to Meteor Showers, what is meant by Lambda Omicron?

I see for example, the L.O. of the Quadrantids is 283.16 and Lyrids is 32.32. src: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_meteor_showers
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Can you view the Perseid meteor shower anywhere on Earth?

The peak viewing dates of the 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower is said to be between the dates of August 11 through the early morning hours of August 12. Being a resident of the United States, I keep ...
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How to calculate a meteor's entrance altitude to Earth's atmosphere? [closed]

Also, in which altitude did fireball went thermal explosion?
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What (actually) is Jupiter doing to this year's Perseids meteor shower?

After reading the Astronomy Magazine article Perseid meteor shower set for its best show in nearly 20 years and NASA's Look Up! Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Aug. 11-12, I understand that Jupiter's ...
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Will the 2016 Perseid meteor shower be visible in Sydney, Australia?

As the title states, will viewers in Sydney, Australia be able to see the Perseid meteor shower in August, 2016? Assume the viewer is well outside of the city and light pollution is a minimal problem. ...
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Was the radiant of the Perseid meteor shower ever near Vega thousands of years ago?

The ancient Chinese story of the Weaver Girl (Altair) and the Cowherd (Vega) tell of starcrossed lovers who are only allowed to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th (Chinese) lunar month, ...
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Can a meteor shower happen simultaneously all around the planet?

In the original book, the classic 1962 movie and the modern 2001 re-make for TV. The store "The day of the Triffits" depicts a meteor shower that happen all around the Earth at the same time, and ...
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Do massive bolide entries coincide with meteor showers?

Are exceptionally large, bright, meteors (such as Tunguska or Chelyabinsk) more common during common meteor showers like the Perseids, or the Leonids? If not, why is that? Do the meteor showers ...