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  • Second Loud Boom Rattles Windows In NY Suburb...

    03/10/2009 11:38:53 AM PDT · by TaraP · 31 replies · 1,220+ views
    Second Loud Boom Rattles Windows In NY May Have Been Meteorite (3/9/2009) There's been another loud "boom." This time it rattled windows in parts of Rockland County. Nanuet resident Keith Wallenstein said the mysterious noise woke him up at about 5:15 Monday morning and sounded like someone had flown an F-16 over his house. An earlier loud "boom" heard in Westchester County early Saturday might have been a meteorite. Police and The Journal News got a flurry of reports from people in Scarsdale, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Tuckahoe, Eastchester and Bronxville. Weather officials say there was no thunder in the area...
  • FAA: Falling Metal Did Not Come From Airplane (Obama makin' it rain Hot Metal Alert)

    02/18/2009 12:58:54 PM PST · by Big_Monkey · 29 replies · 1,255+ views
    wcbstv.com ^ | 02/18/09 | Uncredited
    The Federal Aviation Administration says a piece of hot metal that crashed through the roof of a Jersey City business did not come from an airplane. FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac says investigators examined the metal and determined it is made of cast iron, which is not used in airplanes. She says it's up to local authorities to determine where the object came from. Owner Al Smith was fork-lifting a sofa onto a wooden storage platform around 10 a.m. at his moving company when he heard a sound he thought was a bomb. A piece of warm metal the size of...
  • Fireball Mania!

    02/16/2009 11:04:17 AM PST · by TaraP · 26 replies · 1,122+ views
    Spaceweather ^ | Feb 16th, 2009
    FIREBALL MANIA: Runners in Sunday's Austin marathon were astonished when a brilliant fireball raced across the Texas sky in broad daylight. The extremely-bright meteor descended at 11 am CST on Feb. 15th less than a day after the FAA reportedly warned U.S. pilots to watch for "falling space debris" from the recent satellite collision between Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251. Click on the image to launch a News 8 Austin video: What you just saw was not satellite debris. The high speed of the fireball in the News 8 video is typical of a natural meteoroid hitting Earth's atmosphere at...
  • Diamonds Linked to Quick Cooling Eons Ago

    01/02/2009 9:02:31 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 27 replies · 979+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2009 | KENNETH CHANG
    University of Oregon Scientists found microscopic diamonds in the black layer of rock at Murray Springs in Arizona. At least once in Earth’s history, global warming ended quickly, and scientists have long wondered why. Now researchers are reporting that the abrupt cooling — which took place about 12,900 years ago, just as the planet was emerging from an ice age — may have been caused by one or more meteors that slammed into North America. That could explain the extinction of mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and maybe even the first human inhabitants of the Americas, the scientists report in Friday’s...
  • ANYONE ELSE JUST SEE A HUGE SHOOTING STAR IN THE EASTERN SKY? (21:29 EST)

    12/29/2008 6:38:47 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 140 replies · 4,071+ views
    self | 12/29/2008 | RaceBannon
    Did anyone else, aroung 21:29 EST seea HUGE shooting star,heading from the East, going East to South East in the sky in the New England Sky???
  • Large Meteor over Eastern NY

    12/13/2008 5:24:47 PM PST · by xcamel · 30 replies · 1,502+ views
    Eyeballs | 12/13/2008 | Me
    Anyone else see it? Went below tree line west of Saratoga NY - Might have gone to ground toward Utica??
  • Meteor brilliantly lights up sky - and breaks into pieces ( Video that works ....)

    11/24/2008 11:32:30 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 1,084+ views
    Times Onlin ^ | November 24, 2008 | staff
    Scientists are today searching for remnants of a meteor that brilliantly lit up the sky in western Canada before breaking into pieces. Alan Hildebrand, a University of Calgary planetary scientist, called it one of the largest meteors visible in the country in the last decade. Video images showed what appeared to be a speeding fireball over Saskatoon which became larger and brighter before disappearing as it neared the ground. Mr Hildebrand said that he received about 300 e-mail reports from witnesses to the event. “It would be something like a billion-watt light bulb,” said Mr Hildebrand, who also co-ordinates meteor...
  • Video captures massive meteor as it lights up sky in Canada

    11/23/2008 10:46:19 AM PST · by Lorianne · 33 replies · 2,551+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | November 23rd 2008 | Michael Sheridan
    amazing video
  • Meteor seemed really close, many western Canadians report

    11/22/2008 7:58:28 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 1,140+ views
    From Edmonton to Edgeley, Sask., and points in between, people reported that the brilliant fireball streaking across western Canadian skies on Thursday seemed mighty close. Hundreds flooded phone lines at police stations and media outlets with accounts of a multicoloured meteor. No meteorite fragments have been found yet, but some of the witnesses who said they saw something fall are likely right, said Dr. Christopher Herd, a University of Alberta earth and atmospheric sciences professor. Herd was getting reports of the meteor touching down in all parts of Alberta. "It's a massive fireball; it's one of the brightest that we've...
  • Meteor Shower Could Spur Bright Fireballs ("Halloween fireballs" aka Taurid meteors Nov. 5-12)

    10/31/2008 2:27:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,433+ views
    Space.com on Yahoo ^ | 10/31/08 | Joe Rao
    The Taurid meteors, sometimes called the "Halloween fireballs," show up between mid-October and mid-November, but Nov. 5 to 12 will likely be the best time to look for them this year, taking into account both their peak of activity and the effect of increasingly bright moonlight on viewing conditions. After the Moon sets – around 11 p.m. local time on Nov. 5, later on subsequent nights – some 10 to 15 meteors may appear per hour. They are often yellowish-orange and, as meteors go, appear to move rather slowly. Their name comes from the way they seem to radiate from...
  • Almighty Smash Left Record Crater On Mars

    06/25/2008 1:29:46 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 143+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-25-2008 | David Shiga
    Almighty smash left record crater on Mars 25 June 2008 From New Scientist Print Edition. David Shiga A giant impact explains why Mars's two hemispheres are so different (Illustration: Jeff Andrews-Hanna) Five minutes after Mars was hit by an asteroid travelling at 40 times the speed of sound, pieces of the planet's crust (orange blobs) are flung into space, while a shock wave propagates into the planet's molten core (yellow) (Illustration: Francis Nimmo) A suspected crater in the planet's northern hemisphere forms a kidney shape (blue region at left), but when researchers studied the variations in the strength of gravity...
  • 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...