Cosmic Rain: The Controversial Discovery of Small Comets

Cosmic Rain: The Controversial Discovery of Small Comets

by Louis A. Frank
Cosmic Rain: The Controversial Discovery of Small Comets

Cosmic Rain: The Controversial Discovery of Small Comets

by Louis A. Frank

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Overview

Every minute several huge "snowballs" break up as they approach the Earth and deposit a large cloud of water vapor in Earth's upper atmosphere. That's the startling finding that world-renowned physicist Louis A. Frank came to after studying the images from the Dynamics Explorer 1 spacecraft. His conclusion, based on data acquired at the limits of detection, created a storm of controversy among scientists. This is the story that was told in The Big Splash, published in 1990. But the story does not end there.

Less than a decade later, Frank's discovery of these previously undetected small comets was confirmed when images were received from cameras aboard a different spacecraft named Polar. The news of this "vindication" of Frank's provocative theory in 1997 made the front pages of several large metropolitan newspapers, including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post.

Cosmic Rain, a greatly expanded edition of The Big Splash, tells this never-before-told follow-up, in Frank's own words, of the confirmation of the existence of small comets and the harsh criticism he faced from colleagues for upsetting so many scientific applecarts in the process.


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940160963822
Publisher: Anomalist Books
Publication date: 10/19/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 1,013,655
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Louis A. Frank (1938-2014) was one of the most respected space physicists in the world; he was responsible for more scientific instruments aboard spacecraft than any other scientist, having been an experimenter, co-investigator, or principal investigator for instruments aboard 42 spacecraft. He was the recipient of the National Space Act Award.

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