He gives the likely source for these particles to be comets, since we know that comets can create meteors.This sounds plausible, but there are a few difficulties.First, of the three astronomy books mentioned, only this one mentioned comets as a source and another, as mentioned above, discountsd small particles almost entirely.
This is the first of two postings generated by the debate.
It contains Bob Bales's opening statement, Chris Stassen's rebuttal, and Bob Bales's closing remarks.
The supporting details are based on study, briefer than I would like, done for this debate.
Contrary to what is said about me on the net, I do understand the scientific method and can follow and evaluate the arguments.
If such a source of comets exists, observations are consistent with an old solar system.
If not, then the existence of short-period comets indicates a young solar system.
Paul Joss, in the above cited reference, calculates "no," by a factor of 40,000. H Delsemme ("Origin of Short-Period Comets," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 7-381, December, 1973) calculates that the answer is "yes." Edger Everhart (University of Denver), who has reviewed both calulations and has contributed his own theories ("Evaluation of Long- and Short-periord Orbits," Comets, edited by Laurel L.
Wilkening, University of Arizona Press, 1982), the answer is unknown.
Paul Joss, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, gives a value of 70 as an average.
("On the Origin of Short-Period Comets," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1-273, June, 1973).
Comets are supposedly diverted from the reservoir by the influence of passing stars.