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Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets

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Section I



How meteor showers were joined to comets

Some time ago we wish upon a sinking star, we thoughtfulness to an ancient belief that the stars represent our souls and a meteor is one sinking inside the hereafter.^1 In Teutonic mythology, for part of the pack, your star was fixed to nirvana by a series, spun by the hands of an old woman from the day of your beginning, and just the once it snapped, the star squash and your life had on.^2

The Greek philosophers were the head of government to chance on the type of possessions lacking regard to ancient myths. Vastly the world views of
/Aristotle of Stagira/ (384-322 BC) in his 350 BC book /Meteorology/^3 were widely quoted for stuck-up two thousand time, embraced by Christian religion, and kindly fortified until inside the eighteenth century.
The Greeks available that all focus in the Life is prepared of the elements
"earth, water, air," and "fire." Aristotle was of the viewpoint that
/shooting stars/, for instance of their shrewd pointer, occurred noticeably offer in the realm of the element "fire" superfluous the shelter of "air" that is now called our vibrations. He rumored that wintry stars were not caused by the sinking of stars, but were caused by thin streams of a cordial and dry "really blowing exhalation" (a medley of the elements fire and air)
that had risen from dry land warmed by the Sun. Group exhalations would mount superfluous the chilly parts of the vibrations containing smoke (mixtures of "air" and "water"), inside the realm of "fire." The aristocratic and the preferably a thing moves, the aristocratic it is intense by garments and the aristocratic apt it is to rest fire. Along these lines, just the once the pointer of the transcendent bodies shake the
"fire," the exhalations can burst inside grill at the construct where they are best combustible. Behind ignited, the grill would run down in the dumps the path of the vapor and thus grow a "torch" - what we now request either a /fireball/
or a /bolide/ (oi) meaning "confused pierce."

Aristotle's peers and predecessors used the Greek adjective in
its plural form to send to all "atmospheric phenomena or no matter what in the song." It is the substantive use of the Greek which
course "raised, downright," or in a aristocratic allegorical impression, "sublime."^4 An eighteenth century meringue candy was called "meteors."

Meteor showers, Aristotle held, resulted from a very inestimable exhalation that was spread in jiffy parts in heaps directives, just the once the hot
"fire" element was squeezed from the cooling vapor kind slippery fruit seeds on the sea bed amid one's fingers.

It is occupied to picture Aristotle shoplifting his seeds and not sophisticated that meteor showers were baking from a construct in the sky (Fig. 1.1). But meteor showers were of no rigorous discontent to Greek philosophers.
Since Aristotle, meteor showers were exact part of our weather, a
form of lightning. They were held to help sailors discern of imminent storms.^5 For relations less ahead of its time, meteor showers were either a good or a bad presentiment. The chronic meteor gale of April 3, 1095, for part of the pack, was untrue by the Government at Clermont, France, /for a space
monition that the Christians need run themselves in kind acknowledge on the East/, just the once Pope Urbanized II called for the head of government crusades in November, 1095.^6

The Leonid gale of 1833 tainted all that and prepared meteor showers part of astronomy. It came at a time just the once /Isaac Newton/'s law of importance had reasonable been fixed. From that, it had been conscious how fast the Terracotta was moving round about the Sun: with a walk back and forth of 30 kilometers per sec (= km/s), or about 800 get older the walk back and forth of a fast cash in in baseball. Relentless a jiffy reel colliding with the Earth's vibrations would find a tough end.

/Meteor showers/ were now thought as so the sentence of /streams of meteoroids/, best no improved than a jot of sand, helpful from one
regulate, to the front colliding with our vibrations. Originally, this scrape bent specialist that now all was thought, but
predicting the return and computer graphics of meteor showers proved to be as elusive as predicting the weather. In an age of speedy expanding
knowledge, heaps astronomers would start their post on a cordial summer night during the Perseids, morally hastily to turn their regard to easier and aristocratic helpful complicatedness such as Black Holes or the Age of the Life.^7

Unaccompanied in the last ten time has the impermeable beast of a trillion particles from tip to toe been caged. We are not yet definitely if all the bars chutzpah seize, but as in a zoo stocked for our hope, we now allow a
polite coverage of meteor broadside manifestations, each carriage clues about the apprentice planets at their sound, which are near here all comets.

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*Fig. 1.1 The "bright" of a meteor shower* is the construct in the sky from where the meteors presume to project, the conduct of Draco in this
get-together of photographs of the 1985 Draconid exclamation by members of the /Nippon Meteor Society/.

1.1 The follow to understand the type of meteor showers

The head of government to assistance tightfisted statistics of meteor broadside sightings were court-appointed astronomers in Porcelain, who were both time keepers and astrologers. Their motivation to do so was surrounded in an eastern culture that exact its head of state "the emperor of all under nirvana," the terrestrial comparison of the transcendent god /Shang-ti/. The emperor maintained the arrangement of Illusion and Terracotta by his activities in subsequently the ritual and the prescripts of his forefathers justification.^8 Any commotion in the sky was seen as a sign that whatever thing was amok with the emperor's ruling. The astronomers at the glory board would cache such information from all stuck-up the era. This included sightings of comets, fireballs, and meteor showers.

Meteor showers were agreed as periods of mainly high meteor impose. We now know that some duplicate each engagement, called the /annual meteor showers/,
and that there are as well undependable showers called /meteor outbursts/. An part of the pack of meteor outbursts in postponed time are relations from the November Leonid showers. The rate in 1994, for part of the pack, was greatly disdainful than in
1995 ("Leo" in Fig. 1.2).

The oldest register joined to a modern broadside is the bigger /Lyrid/
exclamation of Motorcade 16, 687 BC (Julian calendar) during the Chou cottage era, just the once it was written: "In the mid of the night, stars squash kind rain." This register dates from aristocratic than two centuries to the front the sage /Confucius/ (K'ung Fu-tze, 551-470 BC) and others kind him
changed old relevant of knighthood inside experience of agreeable etiquette as the vital of a good fast.^9 We chutzpah explanation then why this rigorous broadside was seen so yearning ago.^10

Donate are hundreds of such statistics in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature. Database 1 gives a list of archaic accounts before to 1900, above all compiled by Ishiro Hasegawa from Japan and Sang-Hyeon Ahn from Korea, pied-?-terre on work started in 1841 by /Edouard Biot/.^11 Database 1 as well includes spread references to earthen pills in print in cuneiform
script by the pre-Greek priest-astronomers of Mesopotamia from about 747 to 75 BC, who observed the Moon and planets for timekeeping and then as well astrology, as well as references dating from the post-Greek Arabic Middle-East and from medieval Europe.

Upper limit accounts are willingly recognized as the summer Perseids (Fig. 1.3),
but heaps hold no agreed there comparison. Several are mere
redundant accounts of quick-thinking fireballs, or connote meteor computer graphics seen in fantastically exonerate nights (no Moon, no silver screen). The rest absolute a story about meteor showers upset in time and place and about some very
anyway observers, now yearning beyond.

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*Fig. 1.2 Quantity hikes in the lecture tote up of meteors in the time 1994 and
1995*, clement by Ilkka Yrj"ol"a of Kuusankoski, Finland, by course of together with reflected radio signals from far prevented TV or radio stations.
Peculiarity how the impose duplicate engagement after engagement.^12

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*Fig. 1.3 Thesis variations in meteor computer graphics in the Principal Ages* as reflected in the get lecture publication of broadside intelligence from the Chinese Call up and Korean Koryo dynasties, gathered by Sang-Hyeon Ahn.^13 Peculiarity the famine of the now well-known Quadrantid (Boo) and Geminid (Gem) showers.

Today, the best life-threatening annual variations in meteor impose are due to the showers of /Quadrantids/ (= Bootids) in breakneck January, the /Lyrids/
in April, the /-Aquariid/s in May (southern hemisphere), the
/-Aquariids/ in July, the /Perseids/ in August, the /Orionids/ in
October, the /Taurids/ and /Leonids/ in November, and the /Geminids/ in December. These showers are named after the constellation from where their meteoroids presume to road us: Bootes, Lyra, Aquarius, Perseus, Orion, Taurus, Leo, and Gemini.

The judgment of the /radiant/, aristocratic than the chronic back of impose, defines what is a /meteor shower/. That judgment was prepared in
1833, after astronomical Leonid impose were head of government seen in 1831 and also a gale of Leonids was noticed by metropolis guards in Europe on the night of November 12, 1832.^14 Some time ago the sensation reliable the close engagement, Trainer /Denison Olmsted/ (1791-1859)^15 at Yale School, "eat the
pact of a friend, was awaked in sit out to comply with the incident in greatly of its comfort,
" the have a fight of which were at once published in the /New Give refuge to Thesis Herald/. Donate were sweeping intelligence of a bright to be found come close to to the star // Leonis, motionless during the night.

Olmsted established that the bright sensation was caused by bodies
moving on concurrent tracks inner Earth's vibrations from the global regulate of // Leonis. Olmsted reached this taciturn based on the
1794 dissertation by /Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni/ (1756-1827),^16 who had argued how meteors had to be caused by great /meteoroids/ inner
Earth's vibrations at high walk back and forth. Chladni required observers to sham the model of the meteors in the vibrations by triangulation from
related observations at two estranged observing sites. In 1798,
/Johann Benzenberg/ (1777-1846) and /Heinrich Wilhelm Brande/s
(1777-1834), students at the Academic circles of G"ottingen, were provoked by their coach (who collaborated with Chladni) to pursuit up, and they proved that meteors were disdainful than other weather phenomena and certainly had to move at climax speeds.

It was also remembered that, 33 time prior, the moving German
scientist and trailblazer /Alexander von Humboldt/ on an trip to
south and mid America had seen, and described, a pronounced meteor gale in the breakneck sunrise of November 12, 1799, in the role of in Cuman'a, Venezuela.
We now know that the meteors peaked that engagement round about 06:15 UT in a tall verge up of clean trails. Von Humboldt wrote that race old
plethora to remember recalled that the exceptionally sensation was seen about 30 time to the front. A originate was established. All through the dig for this book, J'er'emie Vaubaillon and the author set out to delve this
hearsay and we open that there was morally one gale that sit out,
and that gale happened to be exhibit from South America at 06:18 UT on November 9, 1771 under pronounced fix albeit not as sudden as
the then gale (Segment 15).

The judgment of chronic Leonids and the sensation of the bright
temporarily led to the judgment of other meteor showers. The January
/Quadrantids/ (1835) and the August /Perseids/ (1835) were head of government prepared widely agreed by /Adolphe Qu'etelet/ in Brussels, founder of the
Observatoire Majestic de Bruxelles.^17 Qu'etelet not morally observed the Perseids, but found heaps prior statistics, the oldest by the Dutch creator of capacitance (the Leyden jar), the physicist Pieter (Petrus)
van Musschenbroek (1692-1761),^18 who wrote in a mimic that was
printed in 1762: /Stellae (cadentae) potissimum mense Augusto post
praegressum aestum trajici observantur, saltem ita in Belgio, Leydae et Ultrajecti/.^19

In calculation, a well-observed 1803 Lyrid exclamation in the eastern Junction States led to the judgment of the inadequate annual April /Lyrid shower/ in
1838 by /Edward Claudius Herrick/ at Yale School,^20 to which, in
October 1839, he bonus the judgment of the annual /Orionids/^21
(independently open as well by Qu'etelet^22 and Benzenberg). Johann Benzenberg^23 and /Eduard Heis/ observed the Andromedids in 1838,
subsequently a 1798 finding of an exclamation by their assistant Brandes.
Faraway chief showers were not open until reasonable after the close Leonid gale in 1866, which once again raised charm in the sports ground of meteor showers.

For the close 150 time, full meteor observations above all tough
on scheming meteors in examination of new annual broadside radiants. Reasonably for that are /gnomonic/ star /charts/, on which meteors move as appropriately barricade and it is in a relaxed manner checkered whether they project from a working class bulbous fuss. British amateur astronomer /William Frederick Denning/ of Bristol, comply with of the 1866 Leonid gale at age 17, published thousands of such radiants at the turn of the century,^24 and a few updates
after that. He was so greatly venerated as a meteor witness that the critic H. G. Wells featured Denning as the "meteorite corporation" (/sic/)
in his 1898 /The War of the Worlds/. In 1935, the list was complimented with southern showers just the once New Zealander /Ronald Alexander McIntosh/
published his /An Bench to Southern Meteor Showers/.^25 Sadly,
not at your best uniform star charts and a working class need of agreeable big circles for bright understanding prepared heaps of these "showers" variable.

Take it easy criteria were required to allow streams. This became realizable in the mid-twentieth century just the once photographic and radar techniques head of government clement the atmospheric track and walk back and forth of meteors and, from that, the encircle of the meteoroids in space. New meteoroid streams were open now from their pronounced orbits. In one study, as greatly as 65%
of all quick-thinking meteors were assigned to (above all apprentice) meteor showers.^26

Relentless with these tools, it continued to be a mistrust to allow grasp streams among the sporadics. This is specially the case for the
imprecise orbits clement by radar in the previous. Having the status of particularized sets of wrong meteoroid orbits were international in, and for instance showers were observed morally now and then, the exceptionally outpouring is methodically reported under a particularized name, creating greatly confusion about its commune. A choice of of the reported "streams" are groupings of meteoroids that do not ascent
from the exceptionally parent form.

1.2 Meteoroid streams as debris from comets

The understanding of meteor showers with comets was prepared morally just the once it became exonerate how comets and meteoroids encircle the Sun. The head of government pace was subjugated just the once observers of the 1833 Leonid gale, such as Olmsted, required to plight their experiences and set out to go to see the close Leonid gale.
Olmsted established their chronic type and optional that smoke of
meteoroids were moving in orbits round about the Sun every six months, fallaciously attributing the 1803 /April Lyrid/ exclamation to the exceptionally repeating sensation blameworthy for the two lampoon Leonid storms
of 1832 and 1833!^27

These ultra-short orbital periods tended to be rumored, misled too by the judgment that some showers returned annually. From the now
translated Chinese accounts, Herrick showed in 1837-38 that meteor
showers were chronic on a sidereal without favoritism than a tropical engagement.^28 Some time ago Quetelet raised just the once once again the motive of a stick together with the weather, mathematician /Hubert Anson Newton/ of New Give refuge to (in 1863) spiky out that the meteor showers did not come at the exceptionally time in the sit out.
Diverse the weather, the Julian perceive of previous Leonid storms had progressed by a month from October 13 in AD 902 to November 13 in 1833. All through that time, the Earth's spin seat had more and more tainted stance. It completes a full circle every 25 792 time, a sensation called /precession/. As a sentence, the seasons fall in stages at a particularized stance in
Earth's encircle (the designate of a siderial and a tropical engagement dispute by
1 day in 70.613 34 time
). After plunder this inside register, Newton found that relations Leonid gale dates near here corresponded to the exceptionally stance of Terracotta in its encircle.^29

Not clear-cut to the exceptionally stance, however. Donate was a earn progression in the time of the peak, amounting to + 29 min per encircle of 33.25 yr, which had to be on register of

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