The Dynamics of Meteoroid Streams

  • I. P. Williams
  • Zidian Wu
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 272)


Meteor showers, seen at regular and frequent intervals on Earth, are caused by the interaction of meteoroids (that is small dust grains) in a coherent stream, all moving on similar heliocentric orbits, with the atmosphere of the Earth. The formation and dynamical evolution of such streams is discussed and techniques, including numerical integration, for following their evolution is described. In some cases the evolution is very critically dependent on initial conditions and the evolution may be chaotic. In addition to general considerations, some specific streams, all with individual areas of interest, will be discussed.


Test Particle Solar Radiation Pressure Meteor Shower Meteoroid Stream Perihelion Distance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. P. Williams
    • 1
  • Zidian Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.Astronomy UnitQueen Mary and Westfield CollegeLondonUK

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