I’m unable to get out of L.A. to see the meteor storm, (I can see only the brightest stars and planets here) but I did see those remarkable videos of the storm on TV last night and this morning.
(Warren James, a real, live, gen-u-ine rocket scientist, who is host of a radio show, Hour 25, devoted to science fiction, fact and fantasy, alerted his listeners to the event and he called it a meteor storm, to distinguish it from lesser events. If any of you live in L.A., it’s on KPFK 90.7 FM at 11:00 PM, Friday nights.)
I didn’t know they were going to be that big!! And bright!! Supposedly, this is the best viewing we’ll have for 33 years.
And did you hear about the folks who saw the meteorites coming in and reported them as UFOs? I suppose you could call them Unidentified Falling Objects. 'Cept they remained unidentified for about two seconds.
And the reason this info belongs in a thread about comets is because these meteors follow the orbit of a comet. (Don’t remember its name, though.) All a comet is is an object made of ice, gas, rocks and some organic compounds. When it gets close to the Sun, the ice vaporizes and the solar wind pushes the gas and ice away from the solid portion. (The solar wind is a stream of ionized matter from the Sun. It’s not like Earthly wind.) Since the solar wind causes the tail, the tail always points away from the Sun. This gas is mostly white in color, which is why it’s so visible.
Fighting my own ignorance since 1957.