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Urey Prize Lecture: Exploring Asteroids and Comets with Meteor Science

Presentation #206.03 in the session Plenary Lectures: Prizes & Planetary Defense: DART & LICIACube (Plenary Lecture)

Published onOct 23, 2023
Urey Prize Lecture: Exploring Asteroids and Comets with Meteor Science

Earth occasionally crosses the debris streams released by comets and active asteroids in our Solar System, manifesting meteor showers and providing an opportunity to sample the materials ejected from these bodies without an in-situ visit. Studies of meteor showers provide unique insights into the physical and dynamical history of their parent bodies, as well as into the compositions and structure of near-surface dust. In the past few decades, our understanding of comets, asteroids and their meteoroid streams has advanced considerably, thanks to the large-scale discovery and characterization on both fronts of comets/asteroids and meteor showers, as well as the interdisciplinary efforts to unravel their connections. In this talk, I will review the recent progress of meteor science with a focus on how they enhance our understanding of comets and asteroids, discuss the outlook of the field in the near future, and explore how contemporary and future meteor data can add to the new knowledge that next-generation observatories and missions are poised to bring.

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