I just wanted to know what is the importance of visual observation of meteor showers?

How scientists use the results of this sort of observations?
What can we understand through the results?

I just wanted to know what is the importance of visual observation of meteor showers? How scientists use the results of this sort of observations? What can we understand through the results?

Dear Mohammad,

Visual observation is of primary importance for meteor research, as it's one of the best way to monitor meteoric activity all over the year, 7day/7, 24h/24.
While making meteor observation, the astronomer records the number of oberved meteor, which meteor shower it belongs to, its magnitude, apparent speed, path, and other parameters.
Combined with all other meteor observers recordings, this allows scientits to have a guess on the activity curb of a meteor shower, and thus the meteoroid density the Earth encountered vs time. Taking into account the magnitude of the meteors, we can deduce the size of the meteoroids that created the meteors, and thus have an estimation of the mass-sorting and particles sizes inside a meteoroid stream.

Meteor observing is thus used to better understand the dynamics of meteoroids from the moment they are ejected from a comet/asteroid nucleus until they reach our atmopshere. And they allows scientists to better understand the different forces that influences a meteoroid orbit, the speed and dynamics during the particle ejection from the comet nucleus, the meteoroid environment of our planet (density & dynamics of meteoroid streams), and it even allows to study comets... that have never been seen yet!

All this, just by combinig naked eye observations ;-)
If you have other questions, or need further explanations, please do not hesitate to ask!

Clear skies and nice Perseids!
Karl

Dear Mohammad, Visual observation is of primary importance for meteor research, as it's one of the best way to monitor meteoric activity all over the year, 7day/7, 24h/24. While making meteor observation, the astronomer records the number of oberved meteor, which meteor shower it belongs to, its magnitude, apparent speed, path, and other parameters. Combined with all other meteor observers recordings, this allows scientits to have a guess on the activity curb of a meteor shower, and thus the meteoroid density the Earth encountered vs time. Taking into account the magnitude of the meteors, we can deduce the size of the meteoroids that created the meteors, and thus have an estimation of the mass-sorting and particles sizes inside a meteoroid stream. Meteor observing is thus used to better understand the dynamics of meteoroids from the moment they are ejected from a comet/asteroid nucleus until they reach our atmopshere. And they allows scientists to better understand the different forces that influences a meteoroid orbit, the speed and dynamics during the particle ejection from the comet nucleus, the meteoroid environment of our planet (density & dynamics of meteoroid streams), and it even allows to study comets... that have never been seen yet! All this, just by combinig naked eye observations ;-) If you have other questions, or need further explanations, please do not hesitate to ask! Clear skies and nice Perseids! Karl
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