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Weird Meteors

  • David A. J. Seargent
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Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Abstract

Our Solar System may appear to us as a vast emptiness. Yet, the spaces between the major planets are really far from empty. Besides the large numbers of so-called “minor bodies” (asteroids and comets of various types), millions upon millions of even smaller objects, ranging in size from dust motes to boulders, drift through the cosmic wastes. These are actually fragments of the minor – and even of some of the major – citizens of the Sun’s family. For the most part they remain invisible to Earth’s inhabitants until one happens to strike our atmosphere. Then, for a few moments, that object may become the most conspicuous object in the sky. Sometimes, just occasionally, one such object may be reported as doing something really weird!

Keywords

Meteor Shower Individual Observer Ball Lightning Optical Illusion Geoelectric Field 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. J. Seargent
    • 1
  1. 1.The EntranceAustralia

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