название:Dust in the solar system and other planetary systems
Автор: S.F.Green, I.P.Williams, J.A.M.McDonnell, N.McBride
Год : 2002
Размер: 8.0 мб
The brightest comet since the early years of the twentieth century, comet Hale-Bopp, appeared, giving an invaluable opportunity to see in action one great source of interplanetary dust. Similarly, the Leonid meteor shower has been at its most active since 1966, producing spectacular displays of meteors and allowing for an array of observational techniques, not available in 1966 to be used, while theory has also been refined to a level where very accurate predictions of the timing of meteor storms has become possible. Prior to the meeting we observed a total eclipse of the Sun in SW England and Northern Europe, traditionally a good opportunity to observe the Zodiacal cloud. Our knowledge of the Near-Earth Asteroid population has also increased dramatically, with the increased study arising from the heightened awareness of the danger to Earth from such bodies.