I was observing with my 10 inch Dob a week ago (w/26 MM eyepiece) and noticed a quick dim streak zip by and I'm sure it was a meteor since satellites don't go through an eyepiece that fast. It was probably 11th magnitude. It made me wonder. If we had eyes that could only see meteors that were mag 11 or brighter how many would we see an hour? What if we could see meteors as dim as mag 20? Of course the answer would vary...likely more now that the Perseids are active.
I don't really expect an answer to those questions but I wonder if anybody knows an answer to this...Does even the tiniest piece of cosmic dust that falls in emit a streak? (even if it is a mag 100...lol)
Edited by CygnuS, 15 August 2019 - 10:39 PM.