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Meteors heated not by friction?

  1. Mar 3, 2009 #1
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  3. Mar 3, 2009 #2


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    It's a more correct statement
    Air friction is strictly fluid drag where there is an interaction between the air and the surface of the body - and so the 'stickiness' of the airstream to the body matters.
    Ram air pressure is just hitting the air molecules in front of you at high speed - it's still what you would think of as 'friction' in common terms.
  4. Mar 4, 2009 #3


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    That claim is absurd, Try science, not fiction. The physics behind meteors is sound. No need for 'spooky' physics.
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