(meteorobs) Definition of a meteor (was Re: Fifth gradesciencebook)

Ed Majden epmajden at shaw.ca
Thu Apr 28 13:43:33 EDT 2005

on 4/28/05 10:32, Swift, Wesley at Wesley.R.Swift at msfc.nasa.gov wrote:

> Doug,
> Nice!  Linguistically it seems to be about hats:
> Wear the geologist's hat and it is a meteorite
> Wear the atmosphere watcher's hat and it is a meteor
> Wear the astronomer's hat and it is a meteoroid.
> Language is very often about point of view.  If the hat fits, enjoy.
> (Now that is a story to tell the kids!)
> Wes
    I like your definitions!  This brings up a grey area, Planetary
Scientists!  Many are astronomers, physicists, and geologists!  How do they
define things???? ;=)  I guess it depends on your specialty!

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