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  • Finding micrometeorites in city gutters

    12/18/2016 3:45:51 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    The Economist ^ | 17 Dec, 2017
    ABOUT 4.6bn years ago, a spinning disc of gas and dust began to coalesce into balls of matter. The largest sphere, at the disc’s centre, collapsed under its own gravity to form the sun. Other clumps of dust, scattered around its periphery, became planets and asteroids. In planets this dust has long since metamorphosed into rock. But in many asteroids it is still more or less intact. As a consequence, when asteroids collide, some of it is liberated—and a small fraction of that material eventually falls to Earth as micrometeorites. This micrometeoritic dust arrives at a rate of around six...
  • Massive meteorite extracted from hole in Argentina (Campo del Cielo ("Field of Heaven"))

    09/13/2016 3:45:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/13/16 | CNET
    Some meteorites are so big they need a name. Meet the Gancedo meteorite, a gigantic space rock extracted from the ground over the weekend using heavy machinery. It was found near the village of Gancedo in Argentina in an area known as Campo del Cielo ("Field of Heaven"). Campo del Cielo is rife with iron meteorites estimated to have fallen around 4,000 years ago. What makes Gancedo unusual is its massive size, with a weight estimated at around 68,000 pounds (31,000 kilograms). News organization Compacto Nea posted a video of the meteorite extraction on YouTube Monday. It was a complicated...
  • King Tut's Blade Made of Meteorite

    06/01/2016 6:10:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    space.com ^ | May 31, 2016 03:42pm ET | Rossella Lorenzi
    King Tut was buried with a dagger made of an iron that literally came from space, says a new study into the composition of the iron blade from the sarcophagus of the boy king. Using non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, a team of Italian and Egyptian researchers confirmed that the iron of the dagger placed on the right thigh of King Tut's mummified body a has meteoric origin. ...
  • Meteorite probably didn't kill man in India, NASA says

    02/10/2016 3:42:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    fox news ^ | 02/10/2016
    The Times of India reports that the meteorite's blast left a crater 5 feet deep and 2 feet wide. Police recovered a black, pockmarked stone weighing 0.39 ounces, it said. However, NASA scientists in the U.S. said in a public statement that photos of the site were more consistent with "a land based explosion," The New York Times reports. In an email to The New York Times, NASA's Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson explained that death by meteorite impact is so rare that one has never been confirmed in recorded history. "There have been reports of injuries, but even those...
  • Scientists question Tamil Nadu government's claim that meteorite blast killed bus driver in Vellore

    02/08/2016 7:25:12 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com ^ | Feb 8, 2016, 08.18 PM IST | Bosco Dominique & Karthikeyan Hemalatha
    Witnesses said the blast left a crater 5ft deep and 2ft wide. =================================================================================================================================== A meteorite crashed into an engineering college in Vellore district on Saturday , causing an explosion that killed one man and injured three others, the Tamil Nadu government said on Sunday. Scientists, however, said it wasn't clear how the government concluded that a meteorite strike caused the blast. There has been no established death due to a meteorite hit in recorded history, they said. If a meteorite indeed caused the death, bus driver Kamaraj will be the first person ever to have died in a meteorite strike....
  • Universal karma? Indian man believed first to be killed by meteorite

    02/07/2016 10:54:23 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 22 replies
    rt | reuters ^ | 2/8/16 | Steven Watt
    An Indian may be the first known human being to have been killed by a meteorite hit. Authorities said that a small celestial body struck a southern college campus, killing a bus driver and injuring three others in an incident initially reported as a bomb. The "mysterious explosion" that took place on Saturday in Vellore, a city in the south Indian state of Tamil, has been confirmed as a meteorite impact by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
  • Gunmaker to craft pistols from chunk of prehistoric meteorite found in Africa nearly 200 years ago

    12/28/2015 2:55:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/27/15 | Ollie Gillman
    Gunmaker to craft pistols from chunk of prehistoric meteorite found in Africa nearly 200 years ago and sell them for $1million A high-end gunmaker is crafting a pair of pistols from a chunk of prehistoric meteorite and plans to sell them for $1million. Cabot Guns, based in Pittsburgh, has already made gun grips from a 77-pound meteorite and says the 'extra-terrestrial pistols' will go to auction in 2016. The semi-automatic .45 caliber pistols will be made from the meteorite, which is believed to have crashed to Earth 4.5billion years ago.
  • Tut's gem hints at space impact

    07/20/2006 5:48:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies · 272+ views
    bbc ^ | Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 19:09 GMT 20:09 UK
    In 1996 in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Italian mineralogist Vincenzo de Michele spotted an unusual yellow-green gem in the middle of one of Tutankhamun's necklaces. The jewel was tested and found to be glass, but intriguingly it is older than the earliest Egyptian civilisation. Working with Egyptian geologist Aly Barakat, they traced its origins to unexplained chunks of glass found scattered in the sand in a remote region of the Sahara Desert. But the glass is itself a scientific enigma. How did it get to be there and who or what made it? Thursday's BBC Horizon programme reports an...
  • Double Whammy: 2 Meteors Hit Ancient Earth At The Same Time

    09/15/2015 9:53:39 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    Fox News - Live Science ^ | 9-15-2015 | Elizabeth Palermo
    Elizabeth Palermo September 15, 2015An artist's depiction of the dual meteor strike. (Don Dixon/Erik Sturkell/University of Gothenburg) It's not altogether uncommon to hear about double rainbows, but what about a double meteor strike? It's a rare event, but researchers in Sweden recently found evidence that two meteors smacked into Earth at the same time, about 458 million years ago. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg uncovered two craters in the county of Jämtland in central Sweden. The meteors that formed the craters landed just a few miles from each other at the same moment, according to Erik Sturkell, a professor...
  • Meteorite fallen in Iran, serious damage in Qazvin, the first info

    08/01/2015 9:40:32 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 78 replies
    ScienzeNotizie.it ^ | 31JUL2015 | Staff Writer
    (note: Translated using Bing translator.) It was confirmed the news about the impact of a meteorite in Qazvin, Iran, there would be serious damage Breaking news: has just confirmed the news of a meteorite impact near Qazvin, Iran, not too far from the capital Tehran Iranian State. The news of the meteorite in Iran has just been confirmed by all the major news agencies in Iran, many of whom speak of damage (when wounded or victims have not been confirmed, although on the web are circulating rumors). The meteorite fell near Qazvin, but also near Karaj, Zanjan and Hamedan. The...
  • Iran confirms meteor hit

    07/31/2015 8:21:24 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    Trend Magazine ^ | 31JUL2015 | Mehdi Sepahvand
    Iran has confirmed that a meteor has hit somewhere in the northern part of the country. The meteor landed in Avaj in the province of Qazvin, Mohammad Ali Ahani, director of Qazvin Crisis Management Staff said, Mehr news agency reported July 31. Also, there have been reports that some pieces of rock have hit areas in Eshtehard, Alborz Province, Arsalan Qasemi, governor of Boeen Zahra, county in Qazvin Province, said. Another local governor of Takestan County, Qazvin Province, said that the area witnessed the passing of the meteor, but nowhere in the district under his supervision had been hit.
  • Meteorite Crashes to Earth in Nicaraguan Capital City Managua

    09/08/2014 9:27:09 AM PDT · by George Varnum · 63 replies
    Facebook; Dutchsinse ^ | 9/08/2014 | Michael Janitch
    A Meteorite crashed to Earth Sunday afternoon, in Central America. The crater, located in the capital city of Nicaragua, is about 60 feet / 20 meters across, located near the international airport.
  • 'Meteorite' Smashes Into Nicaraguan Capital

    09/07/2014 10:25:59 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9-8-2014 | AF
    AFPASeptember 8, 2014 Managua (AFP) - A mysterious explosion that rocked Nicaragua's crowded capital Managua, creating a large crater, appears to have been caused by a small meteorite, officials said Sunday. Amazingly, in a sprawling city of 1.2 million people, the impact near the international airport did not cause any known injuries, but it did leave a crater measuring 12 meters (39 feet) across and was felt throughout the capital late on Saturday. Nicaraguan authorities believe it was a piece of the small asteroid dubbed "2014 RC," which passed very close to Earth on Sunday and was estimated by astronomers...
  • Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor — and Captures it on Film

    04/04/2014 6:34:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    www.universetoday.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | by Nancy Atkinson
    It sounds like a remarkable story, almost unbelievable: Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago near Hedmark, Norway and while he didn’t realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet during the dive, he saw a rock plummet past him. He took it to experts and they realized he had captured a meteorite falling during its “dark flight” — when it has been slowed by atmospheric braking, and has cooled and is no longer luminous. Norwegian astrophysicist Pål Brekke confirmed to Universe Today that the story is true. “I...
  • Meteorite Narrowly Misses Norwegian Skydiver [Video]

    04/03/2014 11:19:48 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 13 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 4/3/14 | The Telegraph [UK]
    A skydiver in Norway captures the first ever footage of a falling meteorite after it has stopped burning.
  • Big Chelyabink Meteorite Fragment to Be Lifted Soon

    09/25/2013 1:27:15 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 4 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 25 Sep 2013 | RIA Novosti
    YEKATERINBURG, September 25 (RIA Novosti) – While removing silt in an effort to fish out a huge chunk of meteorite from the bottom of a lake in Russia’s Urals, divers recovered a smaller meteorite on Tuesday, scientists said. “A meteorite chunk roughly the size of a human fist has been lifted from the depth of 13 meters [43 feet] in Lake Chebarkul,” the Urals Federal University said in a statement. According to scientists, the [remaining] huge chunk, weighting hundreds of metric tons, is buried under a 2.5-meter (8.2-foot) layer of silt. Scientists expect to remove the silt around it on...
  • Chelyabinsk meteorite had previous collision or near miss

    08/26/2013 4:11:13 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 6 replies
    Space.com ^ | 26-Aug-2013 | Clara Moskowitz
    The Chelyabinsk meteorite either collided with another body in the solar system or came too close to the Sun before it fell to Earth, according to research announced today (Tuesday 27th August) at the Goldschmidt conference in Florence. "...We hope to find out more once the main body of the meteorite is raised from Chebarkul Lake," [says Dr Sharygin]. Surprisingly, the IGM team also found small quantities of platinum group elements in the meteorite's fusion crust. The team are only able to identify these elements as an alloy of osmium, iridium and platinum, but its presence is unusual as the...
  • Green Meteorite May Be from Mercury, a First

    03/29/2013 8:27:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    space.com ^ | 28 March 2013 Time: 03:19 PM ET | Miriam Kramer
    The green rock found in Morocco last year may be the first known visitor from the solar system's innermost planet, according to meteorite scientist Anthony Irving, who unveiled the new findings this month at the 44th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. The study suggests that a space rock called NWA 7325 came from Mercury, and not an asteroid or Mars. NWA 7325 is actually a group of 35 meteorite samples discovered in 2012 in Morocco. They are ancient, with Irving and his team dating the rocks to an age of about 4.56 billion years. Irving...
  • Astrobiologists claim meteorite carried space algae

    03/12/2013 10:27:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03-12-2013 | Staff
    A fireball that appeared over the Sri Lankan province of Polonnaruwa on December 29, 2012 was a meteorite containing algae fossils, according to a paper published in the Journal of Cosmology. A team of researchers, led by Jamie Wallis of Cardiff University, believes that these fossils provide evidence of cometary panspermia, the hypothesis that life originated in outer space and comets brought it to Earth. Scientists at the Sri Lankan Medical Research Institute in Colombo forwarded 628 stone fragments that allegedly fell from the fireball to Cardiff University, where Wallis' team indentified three as originating from a carbonaceous chondrite. The...
  • 'Fireball' lights up Florida sky

    02/18/2013 7:24:04 AM PST · by yorkie · 21 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | 2/18/2013
    MIAMI - A fireball lit up the Florida sky Sunday evening. People from as far south as Key West and as far north as Jacksonville reported seeing the flash of light. Accounts of the sighting came in around 6:45 p.m. “There was a flash in the sky in Pompano Beach,” wrote Jill Dexter. Terrell Forney of Local 6 sister station WPLG-TV said he saw the fireball as he was heading north on the Florida Turnpike. "It appeared to be some sort of firework at first glance, but there was a white streak in the air followed by some sort of...orange...