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Bill Ward


Thanks, I initially wondered if this effect is what I have picked up in the more unusual spectra that show changes towards the end of flight.

…but perhaps not…I’ve been doing some crude velocity measurements and the separating part is travelling at more or less the same velocity (until burn out) as the pre separating meteor trail. So it looks like the meteoroid “sheds” some material, perhaps volatiles reaching a critical temperature and then taking some portion meteorid with it giving the little “puff” of stuff.

A spectrum would have been nice but it’s really nice to catch a new meteor ablation effect (unless anyone else has recorded it before…)