These “dissolving” meteors

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Bill Ward

These “dissolving” meteors are proving to be fascinating…

In an attempt to better visualise the unusual ablation I’ve mounted 25mm lenses on a couple of cameras to give a larger image scale Unfortunately the corollary is a smaller field of view though ;-(

However caught this near perfect example of a melting meteor this morning.

The meteoroid must be fragmenting into a large number of extremely small particles to exhibit this behaviour. Even at this size they are still undergoing very rapid heating and evaporation. Just melting into the atmosphere!