posted on Oct, 25 2012 @ 10:13 PM
reply to post by Trillium
Hi Trillium. I guess you are referring to the lack of connection between big fireballs and meteor showers?
If so, thanks, but it's not really my theory. It's widely accepted by the scientific community.
Meteor showers are occurring all the time, although many are quite weak and don't get much attention. There are actually around 400 known meteor
showers: The IAU Meteor Data Center(list of known
Occasionally meteor showers do produce relatively bright fireballs, but the really big ones that penetrate deeply into the atmosphere have orbits like
those of asteroids in most cases it's been found. Researchers have been using dual-station
to work out the orbits of meteors for over a century.
In 1959, for the first time ever, meteorites were found on the ground after (and thanks to) a
large fireball being photographed by dual-station cameras
over the Czech Republic. The orbit was later calculated, ruling out meteor showers,
and confirming that it was asteroidal in origin. That fall was named Přibram, after where the meteorite was found, and it was a turning point in the
study of meteorites and fireballs, although I think researchers had suspected for a long time before that there was no connection between annual
meteor showers and large fireballs that drop meteorites.
Research since then has shown that although encounters with these small asteroids are frequent and fairly random on a day to day basis, there is
actually a variation in fireball rates throughout the year:Annual and diurnal variations in fireball rates
(International Meteor Organization)
Most people I think it's fair to say, are unaware and/or pay no attention to the sheer amount of extraterrestrial material bombarding us constantly.
It often comes as a shock when they find out just how much. It's why I love jumping into my sleeping bag and spending the night on my back looking up
at the stars - you never know what you are going to see.
edit on 25-10-2012 by FireballStorm because: (no reason given)