Dan, Thanks for the explanation, but I was really looking forward to doing some recreational calculus this morning. All of the good photographs of the great 2001 Leonid meteor shower showed a progression of colors from green at the beginning through magenta at the end. Here's an example by Tony Hallas: http://www.astrophoto.com/meteor.htm As the meteors go deeper into the atmosphere, their colors shift toward the red. Has anybody done an analysis to determine which elements those colors represent? Or is the atmosphere's composition about the same throughout, and it's just caused by different temperatures and pressures? Tom -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.