Leonid Meteor Shower: Are Meteorites, Asteroids & Comets Part of Who We Are? [Video]

The Leonid Meteor Shower has been in the news of late, and last night, November 17th, the Meteor shower had reached its peak, but continues on through November 30th.

It is called the Leonid Meteor Shower because of its origins in the constellation Leo. As the Comet Tempel-Tuttle makes its yearly orbit around our sun, the trail created by the Sun melting the Comet gives us the Meteor Show, as large chunks of material fall away from the Comet, and these chunks are termed “Meteors.”

Bearing this in mind, let’s examine several other heavenly bodies floating around our universe, and see if we can make 2+2=4.

Let us first discuss Comets. A Comet is comprised of rock, water ice, dust, and frozen gases. These gases may include carbon monoxide, methane and ammonia. In addition to these gases, organic compounds and other amalgamated mixtures of complex molecules may be present, to include, ethanol, formaldehyde, methanol, hydrogen cyanide, amino acids, and long chain hydrocarbons.

In recent years, Scientists have discovered a multitude of other compounds in the remnants of meteors that have landed on earth, and these discoveries are forcing us to re-examine all theories as to our assemblance in the solar system.

Comets are generally referred to as Outer Solar System Bodies, because there orbits take them way out into the galaxy. Their structure is irregular, as their gravity does not make them rounded and spherical, like Asteroids.

But Asteroids are considered Inner Solar System Bodies, because they orbit somewhere between the Sun and Jupiter. Asteroids are also sometimes referred to as “Planetoids,” because of their enormous size. These bodies are termed Asteroids because they don’t have the characteristics of a Comet, and also don’t display the “disc” of a Planet.

Asteroids are composed of varying and different types of organic compounds, leading to the conclusion that while some of them may be large enough to be considered planets, several of them would have to collide and merge to create a planet similar to our earth.

So in a nutshell, it would appear that our Earth was formed by the merger of several Asteroids, along with numerous Comets and Meteors, all of which combined, give us the organic compounds and gases that make up the periodic table, and our planet and ourselves as well.

Yes, the human body is comprised of all the things that it takes to make a planet, and a solar system and a universe as well.

One only needs to look at the Periodic Table of Elements to see how.

Five of the top eight elements on the Periodic Table of Elements with their chemical numbers are: C Carbon, H Hydrogen, O Oxygen, He Helium, and N Nitrogen. These elements are what our Universe and our planet are made of, but so are our bodies.

The human body is Carbon based, is comprised mostly of water, and water is H2O, or 2 parts Hydrogen and 1 part Oxygen. The 4th element is Nitrogen, which is also found in the human body, in minor amounts. That leaves helium, which is an inert gas, and not something we require in our bodies.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a pre-eminent Astrophysicist, and the Director of the Hayden Planetarium. He explains this theory of the elements better than I can, and he does so in this video. Pay attention to the last 6 minutes of the video for “A fascinatingly disturbing thought” about our origins and our DNA.

Watch the video here.

Article by Jim Donahue

2 Responses to Leonid Meteor Shower: Are Meteorites, Asteroids & Comets Part of Who We Are? [Video]

  1. A. November 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    “…had it’s [sic] peak…”, come on, get rid of the apostrophe!

    • GM November 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

      How’s that, better now?


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