(meteorobs) re : Satellites May Be Shattered By Invisible Meteors
regarding the leonids in your paragraph
>Steel says that data gathered
during the recent visits by comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake reveal that the
>dust these comets gave off was rich
in volatile organic compounds. If the same is true of the cometary debris
>that forms the Leonids, most of the meteors may be invisible. This is
because if they are made of highly volatile >material, many will burn up at
relatively low temperatures -- too low to leave behind glowing trails detectable
>from the ground.
I do not
believe this, the answer is that the leonids have made an incredible storms many
times in the past ( 1833, 1866, 1966 ). so this is a proof that the leonids are
not made from a volatile material.
and I hope not, so as to
sea this storm that will happen once or twice in the life.
>Communications and other satellites
could be threatened by the bombardment -- and both NASA and the >Russian
Space Agency have postponed launches until the danger has passed.
I agree with
you completely, and I have read somewhere, ( I think it was an e-mail from the
imo) that the 1994 persied shower had abraded a satellite called hercules ( as I
Jordanian astro. soc.