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2021-08-03 8:32:03 AM  
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2021-08-03 8:49:57 AM  
This seems like it should be obvious.  The only time you really seem them is as they are burning through the atmosphere.  That means there's less and less material on the next pass, doesn't it?
 
2021-08-03 8:57:08 AM  

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Somebody get the lights...

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2021-08-03 9:04:20 AM  

Unobtanium: iron de havilland: [Fark user image image 640x360]

Somebody get the lights...

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Think I actually missed a trick by not captioning a blank version with "the leonids are getting larger".
 
2021-08-03 9:13:10 AM  

debug: This seems like it should be obvious.  The only time you really seem them is as they are burning through the atmosphere.  That means there's less and less material on the next pass, doesn't it?


Yep.  Until the comet makes another orbit and resets the trail.  Which won't happen for another 100(ish) years.  1992 was the best (modern) year.
 
2021-08-03 10:09:14 AM  

debug: This seems like it should be obvious.  The only time you really seem them is as they are burning through the atmosphere.  That means there's less and less material on the next pass, doesn't it?


if we were on rails yes. There are perturbations in orbits however.

Also account for fluctuations in solar output, which varies the density of the coma, which varies the density of the debris field.

and don't discount what zeroflight had to say.
 
2021-08-03 10:41:42 AM  

cretinbob: debug: This seems like it should be obvious.  The only time you really seem them is as they are burning through the atmosphere.  That means there's less and less material on the next pass, doesn't it?

if we were on rails yes. There are perturbations in orbits however.

Also account for fluctuations in solar output, which varies the density of the coma, which varies the density of the debris field.

and don't discount what zeroflight had to say.


It's all still a finite amount of material, some of which burns up, so it makes sense for there to be less each pass.
 
Juc
2021-08-03 11:16:48 AM  

debug: cretinbob: debug: This seems like it should be obvious.  The only time you really seem them is as they are burning through the atmosphere.  That means there's less and less material on the next pass, doesn't it?

if we were on rails yes. There are perturbations in orbits however.

Also account for fluctuations in solar output, which varies the density of the coma, which varies the density of the debris field.

and don't discount what zeroflight had to say.

It's all still a finite amount of material, some of which burns up, so it makes sense for there to be less each pass.


I don't think you folks are really disagreeing really as looking at it from different points of view.
 
2021-08-03 6:43:17 PM  

Juc: debug: cretinbob: debug: This seems like it should be obvious.  The only time you really seem them is as they are burning through the atmosphere.  That means there's less and less material on the next pass, doesn't it?

if we were on rails yes. There are perturbations in orbits however.

Also account for fluctuations in solar output, which varies the density of the coma, which varies the density of the debris field.

and don't discount what zeroflight had to say.

It's all still a finite amount of material, some of which burns up, so it makes sense for there to be less each pass.

I don't think you folks are really disagreeing really as looking at it from different points of view.


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