Talk:2345: Wish on a Shooting Star

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The other title text references:

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. --

Why did somebody write "Of course, as the title text makes clear, meteorites don't really land according to our designs and schedules"? It's equally valid to interpret it as meteorites being very precise and capricious on their revenge-wish-granting. -- Anonymous