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  1. meteors do not "burn" per se: the surrounding air plasma is so hot the rock melts and vaporizes, the atoms are excited and light is emitted as they de-excite

  2. The term "meteor" finds its origins in the ancient Greek word "metéōron," which encompassed a broader range of celestial phenomena observed in the Earth's atmosphere. Derived from the combination of "meta" meaning "beyond" or "transcending," and "aēr" meaning "air" or "atmosphere," it denoted occurrences surpassing the earthly realm. Originally, it encompassed various atmospheric events such as shooting stars, meteors, comets, and atmospheric optical phenomena like rainbows.

    Interestingly, the ancient concept of meteors shares some similarities with the modern notion of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). Just as meteors were perceived as mysterious celestial phenomena in the ancient world, UAP represents unidentified aerial objects or anomalies that defy conventional explanations in contemporary times.

    As language and scientific understanding evolved, the term "meteor" gradually became more specific, referring primarily to the luminous streaks caused by meteoroids—small celestial objects—entering the Earth's atmosphere and burning up due to atmospheric friction. A "meteoroid" designates the actual small celestial object itself.

    The term "meteorology" has its roots in ancient Greek as well. It is derived from the Greek word "meteoron," which means "thing in the air" or "atmospheric phenomenon," and the suffix "-logia," which denotes the study or science of something.

    In ancient Greece, "meteoron" referred to various atmospheric phenomena such as rain, wind, clouds, lightning, and other weather-related occurrences. These natural phenomena were observed and studied by philosophers and scholars, leading to the development of a field of knowledge known as "meteorologia" or "meteorology."

    The Greek philosopher Aristotle is often credited as one of the pioneers in the study of meteorology. He wrote a treatise titled "Meteorologica," in which he explored and classified different atmospheric phenomena and attempted to explain the causes behind them.

    Over time, the study of meteorology expanded to encompass a broader range of atmospheric processes, including weather patterns, climate, atmospheric physics, and the interactions between the Earth's atmosphere and other components of the Earth system.

    In modern usage, meteorology is the scientific study of the Earth's atmosphere, its composition, and its various physical and chemical processes that influence weather and climate. Meteorologists analyze and predict weather conditions, study climate patterns, and investigate atmospheric phenomena to better understand and forecast changes in the Earth's atmosphere.

    Thus, the etymology of "meteorology" reflects its ancient origins as the study of atmospheric phenomena and highlights the continuous development and expansion of scientific knowledge in understanding the Earth's atmosphere and its impact on our daily lives.

  3. I would like an explanation for bodies like 3200 Phaethon & 1566 Icarus please
    I’m quite confused as sometimes they are classified as “rock comets” and sometimes they are classified as asteroids

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