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How far away can you see a meteor?

13 Dec 2018, 14:00 UTC
How far away can you see a meteor? Babak Tafreshi

I was pretty intrigued when I got a question from Bad Reader Dean Lewis about meteors. During the Perseid meteor shower in 2018 he was away from his family, separated by about 1,000 kilometers. If he saw a meteor, was it possible they could see the same one from their more distant locale? The short answer is: Yes! The long answer is… math. Cool, fun math.

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