Martian lights


  • Michael Carlowicz


Would a romantic stargazer standing on the surface of Mars ever see a shooting star? According to three astronomers, the answer is yes. Working with a computer simulation of the flight of a variety of dust particles through the Martian atmosphere, Lars Adolfson and Bo Gustafson of the University of Florida and Carl Murray of London's Queen Mary and Westfield College observed that the atmosphere is dense enough in the right places to burn up incoming meteors.