Articles | Volume 4, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 4, 471–475, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-4-471-2004

Special issue: Meteors in the atmosphere (Arecibo Meteor Radar Workshop...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 4, 471–475, 2004
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-4-471-2004

  23 Mar 2004

23 Mar 2004

The velocity of meteoroids: a historical review

I. P. Williams I. P. Williams
  • Astronomy Unit, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK

Abstract. Determining the velocity of meteoroids as they enter the Earth's atmosphere is very important since the value is fundamental in calculating the orbit of the meteoroid and hence eventually its origin. We describe early attempts at this determination and highlight problems that exist today.

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