Viewing Other Solar System Objects

  • Philip Pugh
Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


To view meteors, you need patience, although clear skies, luck, and a calendar can also be of great help. Although meteors have been noticed since prehistoric times, it has only been relatively recently that we have discovered their true nature. Most meteors are caused by cometary debris, although some of the larger ones originate from asteroids. Figure 5.1 shows an example against the stellar background.


Globular Cluster Meteor Shower Meteoroid Stream Kuiper Belt Main Asteroid Belt 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Pugh
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  1. 1.Institute of Technical and Scientific CommunicatorsChippenhemUK

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