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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
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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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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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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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