Is It Dangerous to Fly During Wednesday’s Perseid Meteor Shower?

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This topic contains 5 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  VintageKrug 13 Dec 2011
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    VintageKrug
    Participant

    The annual Perseid meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

    It peaks on Wednesday August 12.

    I shouldn’t think there would be much debris penetrating the atmosphere, but those lucky enough to be flying above the clouds should keep an eye out for some spectacular sights!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8193769.stm


    CheamTraveller
    Participant

    Absolutley no danger to aircraft whatsoever.


    VintageKrug
    Participant

    Another meteor shower just about to start….!


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    I’m curious as to why there is no danger. I read of a boy that got hit once in an admittedly freak happening by a small meteor and we know they do hit the earth.

    Surely there is a possibility, even very remote, that a plane could be hit. Or is the skin of the plane tough enough to resist a direct hit at 36,000′?


    VintageKrug
    Participant

    I wouldn’t like to find out.

    Another storm tonight, for the next few nights.

    Geminid, apparently. Sounds like a suppository.

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