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  • We may all be space aliens: study

    06/14/2008 12:22:54 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 117 replies · 238+ views
    Yahoo | AFP ^ | 6/13/08 | Marlowe Hood
    PARIS (AFP) - Genetic material from outer space found in a meteorite in Australia may well have played a key role in the origin of life on Earth, according to a study to be published Sunday. European and US scientists have proved for the first time that two bits of genetic coding, called nucleobases, contained in the meteor fragment, are truly extraterrestrial. Previous studies had suggested that the space rocks, which hit Earth some 40 years ago, might have been contaminated upon impact. Both of the molecules identified, uracil and xanthine, "are present in our DNA and RNA," said lead...
  • Cuneiform clay tablet translated for the first time

    04/04/2008 5:49:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies · 238+ views
    www.physorg.com ^ | 03/31/2008 | Staff
    A cuneiform clay tablet that has puzzled scholars for over 150 years has been translated for the first time. The tablet is now known to be a contemporary Sumerian observation of an asteroid impact at Köfels, Austria and is published in a new book, 'A Sumerian Observation of the Köfels' Impact Event.' The giant landslide centred at Köfels in Austria is 500m thick and five kilometres in diameter and has long been a mystery since geologists first looked at it in the 19th century. The conclusion drawn by research in the middle 20th century was that it must be...
  • How The Peruvian Meteorite Made It To Earth

    03/12/2008 1:00:08 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1,126+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-12-2008 | Brown University
    How The Peruvian Meteorite Made It To EarthThe Carancas Fireball. Planetary geologists had thought that stony meteorites would be destroyed when they passed through Earth's atmosphere. This one struck ground near Carancas, Peru, at about 15,000 miles per hour. Brown University geologists have advanced a new theory that would upend current thinking about stony meteorites. (Credit: Peter Schultz, Brown University) ScienceDaily (Mar. 12, 2008) — It made news around the world: On Sept. 15, 2007, an object hurtled through the sky and crashed into the Peruvian countryside. Scientists dispatched to the site near the village of Carancas found a gaping...
  • Astronomers Capture Rare Video Of Meteor Falling To Earth; Hunt For Meteorite

    03/08/2008 3:07:17 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 1,611+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-8-2008 | University of Western Ontario.
    Astronomers Capture Rare Video Of Meteor Falling To Earth; Hunt For Meteorite ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2008) — Astronomers from The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, have captured rare video of a meteor falling to Earth. The Physics and Astronomy Department at Western has a network of all-sky cameras in Southern Ontario that scan the sky monitoring for meteors. Associate Professor Peter Brown, who specializes in the study of meteors and meteorites, says that Wednesday evening (March 5) at 10:59 p.m. EST these cameras captured video of a large fireball and the department has also received a number of...
  • Meteor seen across wide swath of Pacific Northwest

    02/19/2008 4:06:37 PM PST · by GOP_Raider · 44 replies · 185+ views
    Idaho Statesman (via AP) ^ | 19 Feb 2008 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS (AP)
    SPOKANE, Wash. — An apparent meteor streaked through the sky over the Pacific Northwest early Tuesday, drawing reports of bright lights and sonic booms in parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Although a witness reported seeing the object strike the Earth in a remote part of Adams County, in southeast Washington, it had not been found. "I'm convinced it was a meteor," said Geoff Chester, spokesman for the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. "It was a classic description of a fireball." Chester speculated the meteor was the size of a big suitcase and had been orbiting the sun for...
  • Alien Impact Poisons Canadian Town[Meteorite]

    01/27/2008 10:43:44 AM PST · by BGHater · 16 replies · 54+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 25 Jan 2008 | Larry O'Hanlon
    Well water of the tiny Canadian town of Gypsumville, Manitoba (population 65) has been poisoned by an extraterrestrial. The invader: A meteorite which struck down almost a quarter-billion years ago, creating the 25-mile-wide (40-kilometer) Lake Martin impact crater. The ancient impact shattered the granitic ground so that extraordinary amounts of fluoride now taint the well water. Slightly higher than recommended amounts of fluoride can cause mottled teeth, while even higher concentrations can lead to neurological problems and softened bones. This is could be the first time a meteor impact has been tied to a modern health threat, say the geologists...
  • Meteors' Mysterious Origin Traced To 1490 Event

    01/07/2008 10:28:04 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 141+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-7-2008 | Stephen Battersby
    Meteors' mysterious origin traced to 1490 event 15:50 07 January 2008 NewScientist.com news service Stephen Battersby Last week's Quadrantid meteor shower was probably debris from a deep-space explosion that went off in the late 15th century, new observations reveal. The meteors, which return every January, were observed more closely than ever before when a group of 14 astronomers tracked them for nine hours on a flight from California, US, to the North Pole. They found that the shower peaked at around 0200 GMT on Friday, matching a prediction made by Peter Jenniskens of NASA. He based his prediction on the...
  • Airborne Astronomers To Track Intense Meteor Shower (Tonight, 1-3-2008)

    01/03/2008 4:58:10 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 470+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-3-2008 | Steeve Meacham
    Airborne astronomers to track intense meteor shower 16:59 03 January 2008 NewScientist.com news service Stephen Battersby The most intense meteor shower of the year hits Earth tonight. If the skies are clear and you live at high northern latitudes, then you could see dozens of Quadrantid meteors streaking over the pole. Or you might spot a plane full of astronomers racing northward, trying to find out how this unusual meteor shower was created, and whether it is the shrapnel of a celestial explosion witnessed in the 15th century. Like other meteor showers, the Quadrantids appear when Earth moves through an...
  • 2007 Leonid meteor peak(s) Saturday, November 17

    11/17/2007 10:40:46 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 4 replies · 160+ views
    Earth & Sky ^ | 17 Nov 2007 | Deborah Byrd, Joel Block,
    Friday, November 16, 2007 According to predictions, the famous Leonid meteor shower will peak this weekend. The best viewing is predicted to be during the wee hours before dawn on Sunday, when you might see as many as 10 to 15 meteors per hour. But meteor showers are notorious for defying predictions, so don’t discount Saturday and Monday mornings. And don’t be too surprised if the Leonids surpass or fall shy of the predictions. Even though the first quarter moon will light the evening sky, moonlight shouldn’t bother this year’s Leonid meteor display. As a general rule, the fast-flying Leonid...
  • Volcanic Eruptions, Not Meteor, May Have Killed The Dinosaurs

    10/31/2007 3:08:40 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 232+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-30-2007 | Geological Society of America.
    Volcanic Eruptions, Not Meteor, May Have Killed The DinosaursRajahmundry Quarry. Keller's crucial link between the eruption and the mass extinction comes in the form of microscopic marine fossils that are known to have evolved immediately after the mysterious mass extinction event. The same telltale fossilized planktonic foraminifera were found at Rajahmundry near the Bay of Bengal, about 1000 kilometers from the center of the Deccan Traps near Mumbai. (Credit: Photo courtesy Gerta Keller) ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2007) — A series of monumental volcanic eruptions in India may have killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, not a meteor impact in...
  • Flaming object seen over Minn. sky may have been meteor

    10/03/2007 6:48:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies · 385+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 10/03/07 | KSTP.com/AP
    A flaming object over Minnesota skies this afternoon may have been a meteor. Shortly after 2 p.m., people across the Twin Cities reported seeing a "metallic" object or "flaming ball" falling from the sky. Broadcasters and emergency dispatchers got hundreds of calls from people who saw the object traveling from the northeast to the southwest. The FAA received no reports of anything falling from any airplanes in the area, leading to speculation that it was a meteor that burned up in the atmosphere, since no crash site has been identified. Residents of Lyon County in far southwestern Minnesota reported a...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, 09/30 - 10/6, 2007: When a Meteor Hits Mud (plus great volcano video!

    10/02/2007 11:49:37 AM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies · 151+ views
    New Scientist ^ | September 28, 2007 | Jeff Hecht/Canadian Navy
    A two-topic post. First, you may have heard "Andromeda Strain" type reports of a meteor impact in Peru that reportedly caused illness in 300 people or so. The reports were unclear; some doubted there even was a meteor at all. Well, there was. The linked article in the header is about it; apparently the meteor (meteorite when it hit, of course) hit where the water table was shallow, causing some steaming. Analysis has confirmed the extraterrestrial origin, and maybe about 30 people were bothered by it. This is a summary of the article; read the whole thing for the more...
  • Meteor Crash in Peru Caused Mysterious Illness

    09/24/2007 6:07:32 PM PDT · by xcamel · 25 replies · 1,199+ views
    NG online ^ | September 21, 2007 | José Orozco in Caracas, Venezuela
    An object that struck the high plains of Peru on Saturday, causing a mysterious illness among local residents, was a rare kind of meteorite, scientists announced today. A team of Peruvian researchers confirmed the origins of the object, which crashed near Lake Titicaca, after taking samples to a lab in the capital city of Lima (see Peru map). Nearby residents who visited the impact crater complained of headaches and nausea, spurring speculation that the explosion was a subterranean geyser eruption or a release of noxious gas from decayed matter underground. But the illness was the result of inhaling arsenic fumes,...
  • Reports: 'Fireball' Crashes into Water Off New Jersey

    09/02/2007 7:41:36 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 79 replies · 4,007+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | September 2, 2007 | 1010 WINS
    TOMS RIVER (1010 WINS) -- A fiery streak across the sky got the attention of the Coast Guard Saturday night, after the reported fireball crashed into the waters off the Jersey Shore. Concerned calls started coming in from South Carolina to Long Island about 9 p.m. Coast Guard boats were searching near the site of the reported impact, off Normandy Beach in Toms River, about 10 miles off shore. No debris has been found in the water. The Toms River Fire Department says it also got some calls and there were at least 20 people on the beach with the...
  • 2000-Year-Old Meteors to Rain Down on August 31, 2007

    08/24/2007 1:30:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 399+ views
    The meteors that are about to rain down in the early morning of September 1 date from around 4 A.D., the latest calculations show. It is not often that we can tell when a shooting star was first released from a comet into space, to travel as a meteoroid in an orbit around the Sun, and finally collide with Earth's atmosphere to shine as a meteor for our enjoyment. Most meteors that sporadically flash across the sky on a dark moonless night date from anonymous times. Only in recent years have we learned to trace young meteor showers, just a...
  • Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend (be on the lookout late Sunday into dawn Monday)

    08/11/2007 7:14:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 679+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/10/07 | Alicia Chang - ap
    LOS ANGELES – Summer's annual meteor shower promises to put on a dazzling show when it peaks this weekend – provided you're far from city lights. With no moon in sight to interfere with the Perseid meteor shower, skygazers can expect to spot streaking fireballs late Sunday into dawn Monday regardless of time zone. Astronomers estimate as many as 60 meteors per hour could flit across the sky at the shower's peak. This year's sky show comes with an added bonus: Mars will be visible as a bright red dot in the northeastern sky. “We have front-row seats this year,”...
  • Rare Meteor Shower To Shed Light On Dangerous Comets

    08/08/2007 3:08:54 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 1,046+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8-8-2007 | Stephen Battersby
    Rare meteor shower to shed light on dangerous comets 17:07 08 August 2007 NewScientist.com news service Stephen Battersby A rare meteor shower predicted to hit Earth on 1 September should give astronomers only their second chance to study an ancient comet's crust. It could also help them develop a warning system against an otherwise insidious threat – a comet aimed at Earth from the dark fringes of the solar system. September's shower, called the alpha Aurigids, has only been seen three times before, in 1935, 1986 and 1994. The reason for this elusiveness is the shower's unusual origin. Most meteor...
  • Bits of Halley's Comet to produce meteor shower

    05/04/2007 12:05:22 PM PDT · by bedolido · 6 replies · 271+ views
    space.newscientist.com ^ | 05-04-2007 | Maggie McKee
    Bits of Halley's Comet will streak into the Earth's atmosphere before dawn on Sunday during the peak of the eta Aquarid meteor shower. Although moonlight will make all but the brightest meteors impossible to see, those that are visible may be quite spectacular due to the geometry of the shower. Halley's Comet last swung by the Earth in 1986 and now lies in the outer solar system. But every time it passes near the Sun on its 76-year orbit, the nucleus of the icy object sheds about 6 metres of material, which spreads out along the comet's orbit. Twice a...
  • Wow.(vanity) Incredibly bright meteor over Georgia.

    02/25/2007 7:31:18 PM PST · by Sender · 151 replies · 5,593+ views
    02/25/2007 | Sender
    Sorry for the shameless vanity, but I was just outside in the back yard in Northern Georgia, and an incredibly bright light illuminated the dark yard like an arc lamp. I looked up and saw a meteor streaking overhead, white hot, which then broke up into orange, glowing fragments. This happened at 10:21PM EST. I apologize for posting something random like this, but it was astonishing. Perhaps it was a piece of space junk that reentered the atmosphere tonight. Did anyone else see this? It was truly spectacular.
  • Hollywood Got It Wrong, This Is How You Stop An Apocalyptic Asteroid

    02/24/2007 8:29:59 PM PST · by blam · 71 replies · 1,571+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-25-2007 | Richard Gray
    Hollywood got it wrong, this is how you stop an apocalyptic asteroid Richard Gray, Science Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:30am GMT 25/02/2007 Attempts to save mankind by smashing asteroids as they head towards Earth may do more harm than good, scientists believe. Rather than Hollywood's preferred option, engineers are trying to develop unmanned rockets that can land on space rocks and use the asteroids' own material to propel them into a safer orbit. The plan will be detailed at a conference, sponsored by Nasa next month, at which its scientists will reveal their -estimate that 100,000 asteroids orbiting near...
  • Meteor warning system needed, says panel

    02/17/2007 6:28:39 AM PST · by devane617 · 37 replies · 495+ views
    CNET ^ | 02/17/2007 | Michael Kanellos
    SAN FRANCISCO--The fate of humanity might someday lie with a gravity tractor. A gravity tractor, as envisioned by scientists, is a spacecraft that would hover over an asteroid on a collision course with Earth and, through gravitational attraction, accelerate or slow down the asteroid's rate of travel. By altering the speed, the gravity tractor could prevent the asteroid from striking Earth and wreaking environmental and economic havoc. "It is possible to save the Earth from something like an apocalypse" with this kind of spacecraft, said Edward Lu, an astronaut and a scientist with NASA's Johnson Space Center, during a panel...
  • Scientist Say NJ Object Is Meteorite

    01/05/2007 4:06:36 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 1,253+ views
    Scientists Say NJ Object Is Meteorite Friday January 5, 2007 11:16 PM FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A mysterious rocklike object that crashed through the roof of a home and landed in the bathroom was a meteorite, experts said Friday. For now, scientists are calling the dense metallic object ``Freehold Township'' after the place where it fell. It's about the size of a golf ball but weighs about 13 ounces, as much of a can of soup. Magnets held near it are attracted to it. Rutgers University geologists Jeremy Delaney, Gail Ashley and Claire Condie and Peter Elliott, an independent...
  • Geminid Meteors Seen Striking The Moon

    01/05/2007 12:31:14 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies · 1,383+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-5-2006 | Kelly Young
    Geminid meteors seen striking the Moon 17:13 05 January 2007 NewScientist.com news service Kelly Young Two small NASA telescopes with their lenses trained on the Moon spied five, and possibly six, Geminid meteoroids striking the lunar surface early on the morning of 14 December. The observations will help NASA design safe shelters for its future Moon base. On Earth, most meteors burn up as they crash through the atmosphere. The Moon's atmosphere is negligible, however, so the largest of the space rocks crash into its surface with the force of 8-tonne bombs. "We hope to learn how often big rocks...
  • It’s prime time for holiday meteor show (Geminids)

    12/13/2006 11:39:20 AM PST · by Sloth · 3 replies · 262+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 12, 2006 | Joe Rao
    It's hard to imagine anything more bone-chilling than lying on the ground in mid-December for several hours at night. But if you're willing to bundle up, the reliable Geminid meteor shower is due to reach its peak late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. The Geminid event is known for producing one or two meteors every minute during the peak for viewers with dark skies willing to brave chilly nights.
  • The 2006 Leonid Meteor Shower: A Viewer's Guide (Tonight)

    11/18/2006 6:43:52 PM PST · by nuconvert · 51 replies · 2,051+ views
    FOX News/Space.com ^ | November 17, 2006
    The 2006 Leonid Meteor Shower: A Viewer's Guide November 17, 2006 Joe Rao Mid-November brings us the return of the famous Leonid meteor shower, which has a storied history of producing some of the most sensational meteor displays ever recorded. These meteors travel along the orbit of periodic comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, and whenever that comet is passing through the inner solar system, the Leonids have a chance to provide us with a dramatic show. But the most recent passage of the comet to the Sun came back in 1998. We are now well past the favored time frame when, for several...
  • Far More Than A Meteor Killed Dinos, Evidence Suggests

    10/25/2006 3:33:16 PM PDT · by blam · 94 replies · 2,818+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-24-2006 | GSA
    Source: Geological Society of America Date: October 24, 2006 Far More Than A Meteor Killed Dinos, Evidence Suggests There's growing evidence that the dinosaurs and most their contemporaries were not wiped out by the famed Chicxulub meteor impact, according to a paleontologist who says multiple meteor impacts, massive volcanism in India, and climate changes culminated in the end of the Cretaceous Period. Cottonmouth Creek waterfall over the event deposit with reworked Chicxulub impact spherules. The original Chicxulub ejecta layer was discovered in a yellow clay layer 45 cm below the base of the event deposit. The yellow clay represents a...
  • German cottage destroyed by meteor (a bolide possibly.. meteoroid splinter)

    10/21/2006 10:18:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,170+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/20/06 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A fire that destroyed a cottage near Bonn and injured a 77-year-old man was probably caused by a meteor and witnesses saw an arc of blazing light in the sky, German police said on Friday. Burkhard Rick, a spokesman for the police in Siegburg east of Bonn, said the fire gutted the cottage and badly burned the man's hands and face in the incident on October 10. "We sought assistance from Bochum observatory and they noted that at that particular moment the earth was near a field of meteoroid splinter and it could be assumed that particles...
  • Scientists: Meteor caused sonic boom - New Zealand

    09/12/2006 7:46:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 567+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06 | AP
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A sonic boom rattled southern New Zealand on Tuesday, and hundreds of callers swamped emergency services about the noise, which scientists said was probably caused by a small meteor plunging toward earth. Residents in the southern city of Christchurch, 190 miles south of the capital Wellington, told police and fire services that the boom shook the ground and their houses. The resident superintendent of the Mt. John Observatory, Allan Gilmore, told National Radio the sonic boom indicated the meteor was traveling "very low" and was probably between the size of a baseball and a basketball. Witnesses...
  • Shanghai Builds Vast Bunker To Shield Against Terrorism Attack

    07/30/2006 6:19:57 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 838+ views
    Shanghai builds vast bunker to shield against terrorism attack (Filed: 31/07/2006) The authorities in Shanghai, which is the Chinese financial hub, have built a huge underground shelter against the eventuality of terrorism or industrial accidents. The vast 968,400sq ft subterranean complex could accommodate 200,000 people for up to 15 days.It is linked to government offices, commercial and residential areas and the transport system by a labyrinth of tunnels. The bunker can protect occupants from "nuclear radiation, poisonous gases, explosions and other disasters," the state's news agency Xinhua reported yesterday. "In peacetime, parts of the bunker could be used as garages,...
  • Does a giant crater lie beneath the Antarctic ice?

    06/05/2006 9:07:10 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 27 replies · 1,455+ views
    nature news ^ | 2 06 | Mark Peplow
    Does a giant crater lie beneath the Antarctic ice? Signs of an ancient impact could help to explain a mass extinction. Mark Peplow A dense bit of rock in the Antarctic (orange circle) seems to be circled by a crater. © Ohio State University Evidence of a cataclysmic meteorite impact has been unearthed in Antarctica, according to researchers who say the collision could possibly explain the greatest mass extinction ever seen on our planet. But scientists contacted by news@nature.com say they are sceptical, as no signs of such an enormous impact have been found in other, well-studied areas of Antarctica....
  • Meteor mega-hit spawned Australian continent: researchers

    06/03/2006 3:23:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 774+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/06 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - A meteor's roaring crash into Antarctica -- larger and earlier than the impact that killed the dinosaurs -- caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history and likely spawned the Australian continent, scientists said. Ohio State University scientists said the 483-kilometer-wide (300-mile-wide) crater is now hidden more than 1.6 kilometers (one mile) beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. "Gravity measurements that reveal its existence suggest that it could date back about 250 million years -- the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when almost all animal life on Earth died out," the university said in a statement Thursday....
  • BIG BANG IN ANTARCTICA -- KILLER CRATER FOUND UNDER ICE

    06/01/2006 2:26:58 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 253 replies · 6,436+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | 01 June 2006 | Staff (press release)
    Ancient mega-catastrophe paved way for the dinosaurs, spawned Australian continent. Planetary scientists have found evidence of a meteor impact much larger and earlier than the one that killed the dinosaurs -- an impact that they believe caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history.The 300-mile-wide crater lies hidden more than a mile beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. And the gravity measurements that reveal its existence suggest that it could date back about 250 million years -- the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when almost all animal life on Earth died out.Its size and location -- in the Wilkes Land...
  • Clandestine comets found in main asteroid belt - Earth oceans origin

    03/24/2006 2:26:05 AM PST · by S0122017 · 10 replies · 901+ views
    newscientist space ^ | 23 March 2006
    Clandestine comets found in main asteroid belt 19:00 23 March 2006 NewScientist.com news service Kimm Groshong You do not have to look to the outer edges of the solar system, or even out beyond Neptune to observe a reservoir of comets. A bevy of the ice-containing bodies lies disguised as main-belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, claim astronomers from the University of Hawaii, US. David Jewitt and Henry Hsieh have dubbed the new population "main belt comets". They describe three objects with near circular, flat orbits in the asteroid belt that stream volatile materials, producing an observable tail for weeks...
  • Light Show Over So. Cal.

    01/09/2006 7:13:51 PM PST · by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better · 10 replies · 368+ views
    Self ^ | 1-9-05 | Self
    Just saw a spectacular meteor break up over Orange County Ca. It was amazing. It streaked across the sky, grew a long bright yellow/red tail and exploded as it approached the earth. Anyone else see this.
  • Vanity: Did anyone see flash in the sky.

    11/14/2005 10:08:29 PM PST · by El Gato · 73 replies · 2,460+ views
    Eyewitness | November 14, 2005 | Me
    About 8 PM CST, I was out getting my mail. I was facing southwest. The sky was mostly clear. I saw a very short flash, very white, against the houses I was facing. It seemed to be behind me, so I turned around, then facing northeast or north northeast, and then saw a very fat contrail or smoke trail, sort of a yellowish off white with the center portion having some color, red, orange, and maybe a little green The streak, whatever it was, was about 30 or 40 degrees above the horizon, with the left (west) portion being higher...
  • Big Meteor Shower Puts on Show in Alaska

    11/06/2005 11:14:30 PM PST · by eldoradude · 10 replies · 550+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 6, 2005
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alisha Klingenmeyer of Anchorage recalled spotting an orange-red fireball streaking across the sky as she drove north at about 8 p.m. Thursday. Paul Vos was watching a movie with his wife and son at their home in Hope at about 8:30 p.m. the same night when all three saw an arc of light over the mountains in the southern sky.snip This year's Taurids, whose weeklong peak of meteor activity NASA said would start today, were expected to be brighter and more frequent than usual, Chappelow said. "We're running through the (comet's) orbit, which is like a flow,...
  • FYI -- Halloween surprise in DC (ALIENS!) Bright flash Blue/Orange sky, loud 'hissing' -- SPOOKY!

    10/31/2005 7:07:16 PM PST · by FreedomNeocon · 39 replies · 1,551+ views
    DC News ^ | 10-31-05 | DC Local News
    'Probably' a non-story, but Washington DC had a big of a 'trick' tonight on Halloween. Hundreds of people flooding 911 lines and local police lines, drivers from all over, reporting a HUGE bright flash of lightin the sky. The entire sky turning blue and orange, loud hissing noises reporterd. Local news say "A huge meteor" must have penetrated the atmosphere, and are now trying to figure out how large it was. But, considering its Halloween, and I'm a sci-fi geek, I'm going to through a shout out to all my "crazy" Coast to Coast friends and say its a sign....
  • In 2002, were India and Pakistan within a few hours of a nuclear exchange?

    07/07/2005 9:54:50 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies · 631+ views
    Air Force Print News ^ | 6 Sept 2002 | Sgt. A.J. Bosker
    From Air Force Link, 6 September 2002 http://www.af.mil/news/Sep2002/90602255.shtml by Staff Sgt. A.J. Bosker Air Force Print News 09/06/02 - WASHINGTON -- This summer, much of the world watched as India and Pakistan faced-off over the disputed Kashmir region, worried that the showdown could escalate into a nuclear war. Coincidentally, U.S. early warning satellites detected an explosion in the Earth's atmosphere June 6, at the height of the tension, with an energy release estimated to be 12 kilotons. Fortunately the detonation, equivalent to the blast that destroyed Hiroshima, occurred over the Mediterranean Sea. However, if it had occurred at the same...
  • Slam, bang, thanks Saddam: new meteor theory

    11/05/2001 7:38:35 AM PST · by dead · 37 replies · 1,277+ views
    Perusal of an article about Saddam Hussein's canal-building projects has led a scientist to a startling discovery about the mysterious collapse of Middle East civilisations more than 4,000 years ago. Sharad Master, a geologist at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, saw on satellite images of southern Iraq a large circular depression which he believes is a meteor crater. If confirmed, it would indicate an impact equivalent to hundreds of nuclear bombs, causing devastating fires and flooding in an area which would have been shallow sea at the time. The discovery could explain why so many early cultures went into ...
  • Mystery object lights up Northwest sky

    03/12/2005 9:33:14 PM PST · by Mr.Atos · 135 replies · 7,126+ views
    FOX 12 OREGON ^ | 03.12.05 | NA
    PORTLAND - A flaming object was spotted streaking through the Saturday night sky across Western Oregon and the impact was heard all the way from Salem to Medford, according to various reports. Newspapers across the western half of the state and KPTV were getting phone calls from people who saw the object. Summer Jensen of Portland said she was sitting in her living room with her father when they saw the flash of light outside and rushed to see what it was. "I've never seen anything like that," Jensen said, adding that the object appeared to be moving slowly compared...
  • Corkscrew Meteor Mystery

    01/07/2005 1:27:02 PM PST · by sonofatpatcher2 · 28 replies · 858+ views
    Space Com ^ | 1-7-05 | Robert Roy Britt
    Corkscrew Meteor Mystery While photographing the recently discovered comet Machholz the other night, Jimmy Westlake's mind wandered back to a mystery that'd been bugging him for years. On Jan. 1, 1986, he was photographing another comet, Halley's, through his homemade 8-inch reflecting telescope. "About one minute into the exposure, I watched a meteor zip through the field of the telescope," said Westlake, a professor of physical sciences at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, CO. "I stopped the exposure at two minutes." That night, when he developed the roll of slide film, he was astounded at what he saw: "Crossing...
  • Upper Midwest Meteor Event - WI, MN, ?

    01/05/2005 1:02:00 PM PST · by Milwaukee_Guy · 30 replies · 1,078+ views
    WAOW TV-9 Wausu Wisconsin ^ | Wednesday January 5, 2005 | Milwaukee_Guy
    METEOR SPOTTED IN NORTHCENTRAL WISCONSIN? Jan 5, 2005 AUTHORITIES IN NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN ARE BLAMING METEOR ACTIVITY FOR CAUSING DOZENS OF REPORTS OF BRIGHT FLASHES OF LIGHT IN THE SKY, AS FROM AN EXPLOSION, LAST EVENING. THE LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE FIRST REPORT CAME IN JUST AFTER SIX P-M AND TOLD OF A LARGE BRIGHT FLASH IN THE TOWN OF HARRISON. MORE REPORTS SOON CAME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY ABOUT LIGHTS AND STRANGE NOISES. IN ALL, THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT GOT ABOUT 50 CALLS ... AND SIMILAR CALLS WERE RECEIVED IN ONEIDA, TAYLOR, PRICE AND LANGLADE COUNTIES. ACCORDING...
  • Meteor showers to devastate planet Earth

    12/24/2004 7:39:29 PM PST · by Red Badger · 57 replies · 2,654+ views
    Pravda ^ | 12/23/2004 | Staff
    Someone in deep black space deliberately bombards the Earth with meteorites Residents of Jakarta and two other neighboring Indonesian towns were frightened with a series of loud explosions on December 18th overnight. Western special services warned Jakarta of possible terrorists acts in the country on Christmas Eve. The police, however, did not find any destruction either in Jakarta, or near it. Local television channels reported that several people had seen some objects, possibly meteorites, falling down from the sky. There were no meteorites found in the area either. The Indonesian Air Force confirmed the meteorite origin of the above-mentioned explosions...
  • Small Asteroid Passes Between Satellites and Earth

    12/23/2004 7:36:30 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 619+ views
    Space dot com ^ | 22 December 2004 | Robert Roy Britt
    The object, named 2004 YD5, was about 16 feet (5 meters) wide, though that's a rough estimate based on its distance and assumed reflectivity. Had it entered the atmosphere, it would have exploded high up, experts figure. The asteroid passed just under the orbits of geostationary satellites, which at 22,300 miles (36,000 kilometers) altitude are the highest manmade objects circling Earth. Most other satellites, along with the International Space Station, circle the planet at just a few hundred miles up... the second closest pass of an asteroid ever observed by telescope, according to the Asteroid/Comet Connection, a web site that...
  • BREAKING: Several Blasts Heard in Jakarta, Two Other Towns-TV

    12/18/2004 6:32:21 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 62 replies · 12,244+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 18, 2004
    Several loud blasts were heard in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and two other towns nearby early on Sunday, local Metro TV reported. It reported residents heard the blasts around 7.30 a.m. (0030 GMT). Police were not immediately available to comment. Western governments have warned of possible terror attacks in Indonesia over the Christmas and New Year period.
  • Geminid Meteor Showers Alarm Area Residents

    12/12/2004 11:21:07 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 357+ views
    NBC ^ | Dec. 12, 2004 | NBC
    A meteor shower that had some startled motorists calling police is expected to continue over the next few days. Saturday night's light show was part of the Geminids meteor shower, News4 reported. Montgomery and Fairfax county police, along with Dulles Airport and the space agency, NASA, received calls about the spectacle.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day: A Strange Streak Imaged in Australia

    12/07/2004 6:42:41 PM PST · by ckilmer · 19 replies · 1,734+ views
    NASA Picture of the Day ^ | 2004 December 7 | Wayne Pryde
    Astronomy Picture of the Day 2004 December 7 A Strange Streak Imaged in Australia Credit & Copyright: Wayne Pryde Explanation: Meteor experts don't think it's a meteor. Atmospheric scientists don't think it's lightning. The photographer insists that the streak and flash on the above image has not been created digitally. So what is it? Nobody is sure. APOD's editors do not claim to know - one purpose of posting this image is to mine the eclectic brain trust of APOD's readers to help see if some unusual phenomenon was caught serendipitously. The strange features were captured on a series of...
  • Meteorite 'photographed' hitting Earth

    11/25/2004 5:03:25 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 20 replies · 1,717+ views
    news.com.au ^ | November 24, 2004 | Nigel Adlam
    NORTHERN Territory scientists were last night studying what could be the first photograph of a meteorite hitting Earth. The chances of an impact being captured on film are millions to one. "If this is true, it's one of the most remarkable pictures ever taken," astronomy tutor Geoff Carr said yesterday. The photograph was taken by keen amateur photographer Wayne Pryde as he stood near the Darwin Cenotaph on The Esplanade and looked down to Fort Hill Wharf on Monday evening. The meteorite, which could have been as small as a grain of sand, would have been travelling about 30,000km/h. Mr...
  • Largest ever field of impact craters uncovered

    11/08/2004 3:54:12 PM PST · by ckilmer · 16 replies · 1,077+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 10:00 07 November 04 | Jonathan Walter
    Largest ever field of impact craters uncovered 10:00 07 November 04 The discovery of the largest field of impact craters ever uncovered on Earth is the first evidence that the planet suffered simultaneous meteor impacts in the recent past. The field has gone unnoticed until now because it is partially buried beneath the sands of the Sahara desert in south-west Egypt. Philippe Paillou of Bordeaux University Observatory in Floirac, France, first noticed circular geological structures in the Sahara last year, while analysing radar satellite pictures of the area. The structures turned out to be part of a huge field of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 08-20-04

    08/19/2004 9:07:42 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 3 replies · 1,113+ views
    NASA ^ | 08-20-04 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2004 August 20 Raining Perseids Credit & Copyright: Fred Bruenjes Explanation: Comet dust rained down on planet Earth last week, streaking through dark skies in the annual Perseid meteor shower. So, while enjoying the anticipated space weather, astronomer Fred Bruenjes recorded a series of many 30 second long exposures spanning about six hours on the night of August 11/12 using a wide angle lens. Combining those frames which...