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First evidence of comet striking Earth found in Egypt
Fox ^ | 10/10/13 | Mike Wall

Posted on 10/10/2013 5:36:16 PM PDT by workerbee

A team of scientists claims to have found the first-ever definitive evidence of a comet striking Earth.

After conducting a series of analyses, the researchers determined that a mysterious black pebble discovered years ago in the Egyptian desert is a piece of a comet nucleus — the first ever discovered.

"It’s a typical scientific euphoria when you eliminate all other options and come to the realization of what it must be," study lead author Jan Kramers, of the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, said in a statement. [Best Close Encounters of the Comet Kind]

The pebble, which the team has named "Hypatia" in honor of the ancient female mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria, is also studded with diamonds, which makes sense considering its cometary origin, researchers said.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; History; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: bolide; catastrophism; comet; egypt; evolution; godsgravesglyphs; impact; stalactites; stalagmites

1 posted on 10/10/2013 5:36:16 PM PDT by workerbee
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To: workerbee

How exciting.

Like this is a good thing?


2 posted on 10/10/2013 5:42:49 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: rdcbn

Is it a bad thing?

I just found it interesting.


3 posted on 10/10/2013 5:46:51 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: workerbee

Poor Comet, I hope Rudolph is OK.


4 posted on 10/10/2013 5:47:32 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: All

When’d’it strike? 2011?


5 posted on 10/10/2013 5:53:12 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: workerbee
First?

How about this one?


6 posted on 10/10/2013 5:53:58 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

i thought that was a coprolite


7 posted on 10/10/2013 5:56:34 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: workerbee

Look at a map of North America. Look at the Gulf of Mexico. That sure looks like a giant ancient meteor carter that the ocean filled up. At least it does to me. Because the Gulf of Mexico is round like a meteor crater. One big enough to pop off all life on Earth millions of years ago. Except for the ants, of course.


8 posted on 10/10/2013 5:58:49 PM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: workerbee
I find it fascinating as well.

I am also amused by the enthusiastic tone of the article.

The last documented comet event occurred in 1908 in Russia near Tunguska in a deserted region of Siberia. Fortunately for us carbon life forms, it was small and it exploded about 10 miles above the earth instead of impacting it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

Seems it knocked down everything standing for a 15 mile radius and created a earth quake of 5 on the richter scale.

9 posted on 10/10/2013 6:19:54 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: bigheadfred
i thought that was a coprolite

Well... yeah... the one in the photo is. BUT.... the original one was from a comet.

10 posted on 10/10/2013 6:22:31 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: jespasinthru
One big enough to pop off all life on Earth millions of years ago.

Not only that, but that has happened at least six times.

11 posted on 10/10/2013 6:24:09 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: jespasinthru

I think a meteorite differs from a comet due to composition.


12 posted on 10/10/2013 6:24:15 PM PDT by EEGator
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King Tut’s Necklace Shaped By Fireball
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13 posted on 10/10/2013 6:50:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

14 posted on 10/10/2013 6:50:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks workerbee. Tee hee. ;')


15 posted on 10/10/2013 6:50:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: UCANSEE2; SunkenCiv

not that i care if those people worship fossilized flying reindeer crap but Comet should be capitalized


16 posted on 10/10/2013 6:54:39 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: EEGator

Meteors are rock and/or metal while comets are mostly ice. A meteor that hits the ground is a meteorite. Most meteorites are metallic (mainly nickel and iron) because rocky meteors usually explode in the atmosphere (their composition causes them to break up from the heat).


17 posted on 10/10/2013 6:56:20 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: rdcbn

Nobody is sure whether Tunguska was a comet or a meteor. The explosion is consistent with a large rock entering the atmosphere at a high speed.


18 posted on 10/10/2013 6:58:55 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: Squawk 8888

Thank you for clarification.


19 posted on 10/10/2013 7:08:19 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: workerbee

They found my lucky black rock!


20 posted on 10/10/2013 7:43:53 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: jespasinthru
One big enough to pop off all life on Earth millions of years ago. Except for the ants, of course.

Some small mammals also survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event some 66 million years ago...luckily for us!

(Purgatorius, the oldest known primate. Hi there, great-great-umpteenth-great-Grandma!)

21 posted on 10/10/2013 8:00:57 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SunkenCiv; workerbee
a mysterious black pebble discovered years ago in the Egyptian desert

!! The proverbial needle in the haystack. What are the odds.

22 posted on 10/10/2013 8:50:33 PM PDT by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

:’)


23 posted on 10/10/2013 9:35:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: workerbee

What about that big hole in Arizona?


24 posted on 10/11/2013 12:34:44 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (A pox on the House of Apple and the ios7 horse they rode in on.)
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To: bigheadfred

:’)


25 posted on 10/11/2013 4:14:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: workerbee
After conducting a series of analyses, the researchers determined that a mysterious black pebble discovered years ago in the Egyptian desert is a piece of a comet nucleus — the first ever discovered.

Where did they get the comet core sample with which to compare it? It's an educated guess at best. Maybe right, maybe wrong.

26 posted on 10/11/2013 10:24:58 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: bigheadfred
not that i care if those people worship fossilized flying reindeer crap but Comet should be capitalized

My bad. Considering I have one of these in the kitchen cabinet, you would think I would not have made that kind of goof.


27 posted on 10/11/2013 7:58:35 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Conservative4Ever

He’s their senior Senator now.


28 posted on 10/11/2013 8:07:01 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: mrsmith

[snicker]


29 posted on 10/11/2013 8:43:38 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (A pox on the House of Apple and the ios7 horse they rode in on.)
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To: jespasinthru; SunkenCiv; All

No to the Gulf of Mexico. The 65myo boloid that killed the dinosaurs was partly in Yucatan and somewhat more in the Gulf of Mexico, but with a diameter of 120 miles was not big enough to shape the whole Gulf. The 200mya plus one that killed most species has not yet been definitively located. On the other hand, anyone know about Hudson’s Bay??


30 posted on 10/11/2013 11:23:21 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: jespasinthru; gleeaikin

Yeah, it definitely looks like one, but it wouldn’t be from the K-T impact. When the Alvarezes were trying to find the impact site, someone wrote in to one of the sci mags suggesting Iceland — that the impact punched a hole through the crust and produced the volcanic phenom we now know and love there. :’)


31 posted on 10/12/2013 6:06:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: workerbee
Related video: Ancient Egyptian Glass From Outer Space | BBC Documentary
32 posted on 10/12/2013 6:32:05 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: jespasinthru

And roaches.


33 posted on 10/12/2013 7:00:30 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khách sang La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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