How do observations of meteor showers reveal one of the sources of meteoroids?

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  • 4 years ago
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    Since they happen on the same date every year, they occur at the same point in Earth's orbit. If that point can be connected to a previous comet's crossing of Earth's orbit, it tells us those meteors must be due to comet ejection.

  • In a typical shower all the meteors will form a pattern of fanning out from a specific point in the sky. This shows the direction they are coming from, which typically indicates a cometary path that the meteors are part of.

  • 4 years ago

    A typical meteor 'shower' will appear to come from a point in the sky, and reversing their track will display their point of origin.

    • Zardoz
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      4 years agoReport

      That point in the sky is an artifact of the Earth's motion, not the orbit of the meteoroids.

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