(meteorobs) Geminids (Meteorobs)

Marco Langbroek marco.langbroek at wanadoo.nl
Fri Aug 20 11:55:42 EDT 2004

> The density of the Geminids is about 3g/cc while most other major meteor
> showers is near 1g/cc. Of course, the exhaust fluff from a comet isn't
> the density of the main body of a comet; so maybe Phaeton, as other spent
> comets and some asteroids, has meteoroid particles around them from
> micro-impacts, which is why some asteroids are associated with meteor
> Interestingly, the density of Geminid meteors is similar to the density of
> the CM2 meteorites.

Phaeton and the Geminids have a very small perihelion distance (0.14 AU) and
hence their density can be the result of volatiles being removed by solar
heath, and only solids remaining.

- Marco

Marco Langbroek
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Leiden, the Netherlands
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