Talk:2345: Wish on a Shooting Star

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I often wish for cool lights in the sky tho...

Not a bad wish to have. 21:58, 12 August 2020 (UTC)
Though someone could think of wanting that, it wouldn't be anyone's first most important choice if you told them they could have a wish granted, unlike the things listed in the wish part of this diagram.-- 05:57, 13 August 2020 (UTC)

Am I the only person who wishes for radio noise? GreatWyrmGold (talk) 21:53, 12 August 2020 (UTC)

Enough radio noise on the right frequencies could drown out talk radio, so ... you're not the only one wishing. 21:58, 12 August 2020 (UTC)

Meteors relative speed to Earth is surely high. However, note that Earth's orbital speed is 29.78 km/s, while the average orbital speed of meteoroids is 20km/s. In many cases it's therefore Earth which hits the meteors with it's high orbital speed ... -- Hkmaly (talk) 00:37, 13 August 2020 (UTC)

A laughable claim, Mister Bond, perpetuated by overzealous teachers of science.
(The unsigned comment above looked to be continued in the unsigned comment below, until I came here to day something and saw they were separate. Hey, people...) It would help if you could say "average at 20km/s whilst crossing Earth's orbit...", because averaged across its entire track might include a lot of drifting around 'out there' and maybe zooming by (or not) during the perihelion segment. And then you only need to worry about retrograde ones (20+29.78, for a palpably mutual hit) and all kinds of other directions of cross, not just ones obviously aphelioning at 1AU in a relatively recently induced orbit that is about to end. Someone must have a table of (known/calculated) closing speeds, as well as directional components defined to Earth's frame-of-reference. 04:08, 13 August 2020 (UTC)

With the valuable minerals contained within meteorites, it's reasonable that shooting stars could cause money/power. And to astrogeologists, there's success right there!

If someone makes money off of selling a meteor they found, it's because they are a rare curiosity or of scientific value, not due to the minerals being of high value if they didn't come from a meteor. Though there are some historical cases of people without the technology to forge iron normally making iron tools from a meteor. However, someone finding the meteor on the ground later is a little different than the direct results of it falling (as the chart says things caused by "shooting stars" not "meteor rocks")-- 05:57, 13 August 2020 (UTC)

Gee, and here I thought he was making a pun to do with assassinating celebrities. --