Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day
Posted on 01/23/2011 6:28:21 AM PST by Western Phil
Explanation: The Peekskill meteor of 1992 was captured on 16 independent videos and then struck a car. Documented as brighter than the full Moon, the spectacular fireball crossed parts of several USA states during its 40 seconds of glory before landing in New York. A video of the fireball beyond a high school football game in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, is pictured above. The resulting meteorite is imaged here, and was found to be composed of dense rock and has the size and mass of an extremely heavy bowling ball. If you are lucky enough to find a meteorite just after impact, do not pick it up -- parts of it are likely to be either very hot or very cold. Tracking meteors origins and destinations might be easier in this modern digital age, but many security cameras videos that likely caught a bright fireball are not preserved. If you would like to volunteer to help meteor science by locating images and videos of newly occurring fireballs within 48 hours after they occur, here is a place to sign up.
After you watch the video, some of the links are interesting: http://meteor.uwo.ca/~pbrown/PEEK.JPG
What’s an ‘Astronomy Picture of The Day’ with no picture?
You’d better fix that..... :p
It’s a video and perhaps exceeds bandwidth allowances at FR?
Probably the most dramatic meteor I've ever seen.
No kidding. Hasn't everyone seen Creepshow.....?
My husband is not going to believe this. Is this covered by my deductible? Is it going to raise my rates?
This photograph was taken by S. Eichmiller in Altoona, Pennsylvania just after the main meteoroid body broke up into fragments.
The events surrounding the fall of the Peekskill meteorite on October 9, 1992 were quite unique. It was observed by many people who were attending a football game, being photographed and videotaped by over a dozen people. The meteorite was found crashed into the trunk of a parked car.
You never want to co-llide with a bo-lide.
I was driving east on I-64 between Richmond and Williamsburg around midnight during the winter of 1987-88 and saw a spectacular fireball traveling south to north, that was visible from the Carolinas to New York. Because it was midnight and before the age of video cameras, no photographs were captured, unfortunately.
I am very concerned that the authors of this article mean to incite conservatives to "take out" local Democrat politicians in Alexandria VA, Johnstown and Altoona PA, and Frewsburg, NY.
I believe if sold at auction it would be bought by a collector for more than book value if it came with documentation that it had been hit by a meteor.
More an allision than a collision.
Given what it could be sold for they should never have to worry about rising insurance rates or deductibles ever again......
Youse guys is write! The car has its own home page:
A meteorite with the size and mass of a bowling ball would sell for what...about $100,000 or so?
Depends on the origin, I think. I recall reading a story a while back about a guy who hunts meteorites for a living. One in particular he claimed to have sold for well over $1 million.
That crossed practically right over my house!
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