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  • 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 Pĺl 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...
  • Meteor blast wave blows out doors and windows in Russia

    02/15/2013 4:49:47 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 32 replies
    Meteor blast wave blows out doors and windows in Russia There is a lot of good footage of this meteorite. (Especially thanks to the Russian fad of everyone driving around with dash cams in their cars. ) Russians estimate the explosion was the size of 20 Hiroshima bombs.
  • Video of Meteorite Explosion over Russia - Collected Videos

    02/15/2013 6:31:33 AM PST · by navysealdad · 31 replies
    A 10-ton meteor exploded in the sky above Russia on Friday, causing a shockwave that blew out windows injuring some 400 people and sending fragments falling to the ground in the Ural Mountains.
  • Urals meteorite allegedly intercepted by Russia’s air defense (BS Alert)

    02/15/2013 4:51:02 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | February 15, 2013
    A massive meteorite crash shook the Urals region in central Russia early Friday, shattering windows and prompting panic in three major cities. According to some reports, the meteor was intercepted by the air defense complex at the Urzhumka village near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, when a salvo missile allegedly burst the “shooting star” at an altitude of 20 kilometers. Witnesses reported a sudden change in atmospheric pressure upon the impact that made their ears pop. The space object hit the ground with a tremendous crash that resembled thunder and earthquake, damaging houses in Chelyabinsk and cutting off communications, witnesses...
  • 500 Hurt as Meteor Plummets to Earth in Russia

    02/15/2013 4:17:13 AM PST · by LadyEleanor · 302 replies
    The Weather Channel/AP ^ | Published: Feb 15, 2013, 6:43 AM | Jim Heintz
  • 500+ Injured, Major Havoc Wreaked as Russians Reportedly Intercept Meteorite with Missiles

    02/15/2013 2:51:13 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 59 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    ATTN MODERATOR: This article is NOT copied, but authored 100% by myself (and x-posted at Reaganite Republican) with the exception of one small quote from Russia Today near the bottom (duly noted and linked) All orginal Russian info/data sources noted and linked at the bottom, as always... _________________________________________________________ Some pretty serious damage was delivered upon six Russian towns -and hundreds injured- when a hefty meteorite streaked across the sky, approached the Earth's surface in Chelyabisk Oblast (region) of the southern Ural Mountains near the border with Kazakhstan, then exploded early this morning, cca 9:30-10AM local time. Fragments fell and windows shattered as many...
  • A Russian emergencies official says at least 1 meteorite has fallen in Chelyabinsk region

    02/14/2013 9:46:55 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 181 replies
    MOSCOW — A Russian emergencies official says at least one meteorite has fallen in Chelyabinsk region.
  • Update: meteorite from California fireball recovered

    10/23/2012 1:10:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    This is exciting: a meteorite from last week’s fireball over northern California has been found! NBC is reporting a small chunk, 4-5 centimeters across and weighing about 60 grams, struck a house in Novato, California shortly after the fireball was seen. They’re reporting Peter Jenniskens, a SETI astronomer and meteorite expert, confirmed the find. That’s critical: a lot of rocks are mistaken for meteorites by people (and the media) who aren’t familiar with them. This chunk is small, though, and given how bright the fireball was and how it was seen to fragment, I’d think bigger pieces must have fallen....
  • Nazi-Acquired Buddha Statue Came From Space

    09/27/2012 6:21:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    LiveScience ^ | September 26, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    It sounds like a mash-up of Indiana Jones' plots, but German researchers say a heavy Buddha statue brought to Europe by the Nazis was carved from a meteorite that likely fell 10,000 years ago along the Siberia-Mongolia border.
  • Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from (Chinga) meteorite

    09/27/2012 1:19:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/27/12 | Matt McGrath - BBC
    An ancient Buddhist statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite. Researchers say the 1,000-year-old object with a swastika on its stomach is made from a rare form of iron with a high content of nickel. They believe it is part of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed about 15,000 years ago. The findings appear in the Journal, Meteoritics and Planetary Science. The 24cm (9-inch) tall statue is 10kg (22lb) and is called the Iron Man. Origins unknown The story of this priceless object owes more perhaps to an Indiana...
  • Did a Pacific Ocean meteor trigger the Ice Age?

    09/20/2012 5:02:02 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 9-19-2012
    (Phys.org)—When a huge meteor collided with Earth about 2.5 million years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean it not only likely generated a massive tsunami but also may have plunged the world into the Ice Ages, a new study suggests. A team of Australian researchers says that because the Eltanin meteor – which was up to two kilometres across - crashed into deep water, most scientists have not adequately considered either its potential for immediate catastrophic impacts on coastlines around the Pacific rim or its capacity to destabilise the entire planet's climate system. "This is the only known deep-ocean impact...
  • Oldest known impact crater found

    07/08/2012 11:37:26 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 15 replies
    Cardiff University ^ | Cardiff University
    A 100 kilometre-wide crater has been found in Greenland, the result of a massive asteroid or comet impact a billion years before any other known collision on Earth.
  • What was it? Unknown flying object nearly causes mid-air collision above Denver

    05/19/2012 3:46:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Daily Mail, ^ | 16 May 2012
    Aviation authorities are scratching their heads over a mysterious flying object in the skies above Colorado that almost caused a mid-air crash. The object was sighted by a commercial jet pilot, who claimed to air traffic controllers that some kind of flying craft got too close for comfort on Monday. In a transmission that appeared on LiveATC.net, the operator of the Cessna Citation 525 CJ1 says: 'A remote controlled aircraft, or what? ... 9News reported the Citation was about 8,000 feet above sea level, or about 2,800 feet above the ground, at the time the pilot reported the seeing the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sutter's Mill Meteorite

    04/28/2012 6:43:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | April 28, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Last Sunday's bright fireball meteor falling through skies over California and Nevada produced sonic booms over a broad area around 7:21 am. Estimates indicate the meteor was about the size of a minivan. Astronomer Peter Jenniskens subsequently recovered these fragments of a crushed 4 gram meteorite, the second find from this meteor fall, in the parking lot of the Henningsen-Lotus state park, not far from Sutter's Mill. This is now known as the Sutter's Mill Meteorite, the location famous for its association with the California Gold Rush. The meteorite may well be astronomer's gold too, thought to be a...
  • The Sierra Meteoric Blast

    04/23/2012 5:29:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    NBCBayArea.com ^ | updated 38 minutes ago 2012-04-23T23:45:43 | By Rob Mayeda
    Speaking to SpaceWeather.com, Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s MEO office says, “The energy is estimated at a whopping 3.8 kilotons of TNT, so this was a big event,” he continues. “I am not saying there was a 3.8 kiloton explosion on the ground in California. I am saying that the meteor possessed this amount of energy before it broke apart in the atmosphere. [The map] shows the location of the atmospheric breakup, not impact with the ground.” The event that rattled windows, set off car alarms and glaringly bright enough to be seen in early morning daylight was also recorded...
  • Large Meteorite Hits Near Columbia CA at 7:55AM, Several Fires Reported

    04/22/2012 10:56:12 AM PDT · by .454Puma · 89 replies
    News 10 Sacramento ^ | 04/22/2012 | News 10 Sacramento
    An eyewitness says: "It was pretty freakin' real when all the dogs started barking right before it hit, then EVERYTHING shook. We were in the field just outside the barn & the barn continued to shake for a couple minutes afterward. We are about 50-60 miles or so from where it hit."
  • Meteor - Sept. 4

    09/04/2010 7:17:04 AM PDT · by Western Phil · 17 replies
    Vanity | me
    During my morning run at 5:56 am Central Daylight Time, I witnessed the brightest meteor that I have ever seen. It was early dawn and still relatively dark. It passed to the north of Mahomet, Illinois (near Champaign) from the east, heading west. It lasted for a while and if I had been alert enough, I might have had enough time to get the camera out which I carry & get a picture. However, that didn't happen & it takes the thing a while to boot up anyway. There was some green during part of of the meteor's flight, so...
  • Asteroid Strikes Colombia -- American Media Buries It!

    09/07/2010 10:37:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    The Intel Hub ^ | Monday, September 6, 2010 | "Alex"
    **Update -- Intel Hub -- RSOE EDIS is reporting that a 1,000 strong search team was tasked with finding the impact area and so far have been unable to locate it... Such a colossal event, so little media coverage. Around 3:10PM Sunday afternoon residents of Colombia were awestruck when the clear sky was cracked open by a massive fireball that exploded upon impact leaving a 300 foot wide crater and a lot of rattled nerves.
  • Man hit by six meteorites is being 'targeted by aliens'

    07/27/2010 12:09:28 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    METRO ^ | 19th July, 2010 | Tom Phillips
    A Bosnian man who claims he is being targeted by extraterrestrials after a series of meteorite strikes on his house has now been hit by a sixth space rock in the space of a few years. Radivoje Lajic first came to international attention in 2008, shortly after the fifth meteorite had crashed into the roof of his house in the northern village of Gornji Lajici. And now, within the past month, another rock has hit the roof of his house, in defiance of all the odds - making it six strikes since the plague of meteorites began in 2007. Experts...
  • NASA team cites new evidence that meteorites from Mars contain ancient fossils

    05/04/2010 12:55:53 AM PDT · by Palter · 41 replies · 796+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 04 May 2010 | Marc Kaufman
    NASA's Mars Meteorite Research Team reopened a 14-year-old controversy on extraterrestrial life last week, reaffirming and offering support for its widely challenged assertion that a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that landed thousands of years ago on Antarctica shows evidence of microscopic life on Mars. In addition to presenting research that they said disproved some of their critics, the scientists reported that additional Martian meteorites appear to house distinct and identifiable microbial fossils that point even more strongly to the existence of life. "We feel more confident than ever that Mars probably once was, and maybe still is, home to life," team leader...
  • Massive Fireball Reported Across Midwestern Sky (Video)

    04/15/2010 4:58:06 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 29 replies · 895+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 4/15/10 | hap
    Video from CNN, on Drudge now, "a large meteorite could have caused the brilliant fireball that has been reported," the National Weather Service said..."The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m"...NWS got reports of a sonic boom...New video
  • Meteor streaks across the (Midwest)region's sky (Video too!)

    04/15/2010 8:44:12 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 22 replies · 1,617+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 4/15/10 | Bob Von Sternberg - Staff Reporter
    A meteor (as far as anyone knows) provided a brilliant and entertaining light show across the Upper Midwest Wednesday night. Just after 10 p.m., 911 call centers began to light up across at least six states, including Minnesota, as a bright light flashed across the sky from west to east. The National Weather Service confirmed countless anecdotal accounts of the meteor late Wednesday, reporting that "a fireball or very bright meteor was observed streaking across the sky. The fireball was seen over the northern sky, moving from west to east. Well before it reached the horizon, it broke up into...
  • Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky

    04/15/2010 12:15:13 PM PDT · by autumnraine · 60 replies · 2,081+ views
    CNN ^ | 04/14/2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky, the National Weather Service said. The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m., said the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee. "The fireball was seen over the northern sky, moving from west to east," said the NWS in the Quad Cities area, which includes parts of Iowa and Illinois. "Well before it reached the horizon, it broke up into smaller pieces and was lost from sight," the service said. "Several reports of a...
  • Meteorite Crammed with 'Millions' of Organic Compounds..

    02/15/2010 8:30:53 PM PST · by TaraP · 35 replies · 955+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Feb 15th, 2010
    A meteorite that hit the town of Murchison, Australia, hasn't quit giving up its secrets. The Murchison meteorite is one of the most studied space rocks because many pieces were recovered after it was seen breaking up as it fell through the atmosphere in 1969. Approximately 100 kg of the carbonaceous chondrite was recovered. Carbonaceous chondrites are extremely important to scientists as they were formed from material that existed in the solar system's planet-forming disk of gas and dust. They are, quite literally, time capsules holding onto a 4 billion year old record of the birth of our solar system....
  • Ownership battle brews over Virginia meteorite(stupid legal circus)

    01/28/2010 7:44:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1,086+ views
    Wp ^ | 01/29/10 | Neely Tucker
    Ownership battle brews over Virginia meteorite The meteorite, which cracked into pieces on impact, landed in a doctors' office in Lorton. By Neely Tucker Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, January 29, 2010 Today's episode of Everybody's Favorite Meteorite brings the nation disturbing news: That spunky bit of chondrite that plummeted into a Lorton doctors' office on Jan. 18, delighting an international audience with news of its fireball entrance, may not go on to a spot of glory in the Smithsonian, after all. The doctors who were nearly bonked on the head by the thing when it came plummeting from the...
  • Doctor's Office Hit By Meteorite

    01/22/2010 5:55:17 PM PST · by muawiyah · 15 replies · 818+ views
    Myfox New York ^ | january 22, 2010 | JOHN HENREHAN/myfoxdc
    Something had come hurtling out of the sky, and crashed through the roof of a nearby doctor's office, landing in an empty examination room.
  • Space rock of doom attacks doctor.....

    01/21/2010 7:41:44 PM PST · by TaraP · 18 replies · 720+ views
    Dr. Frank Ciampi said that the rock struck the two-story building in Lorton, Virginia, early on Monday evening. He says they heard a loud bang and, upon investigating, found that the projectile had punched through the roof and ceiling, scattering pieces of wood, plaster and insulation all over the place. The half-pound lump of rock split into three chunks upon impact. These chunks were taken to the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History, where experts confirmed it was a meteorite, and estimated that it had been travelling at about 220 miles per hour when it struck. It is not clear...
  • Did anyone see a meteor(ite) come through the atmosphere about 5 minutes ago?

    12/09/2009 6:29:08 PM PST · by publius321 · 45 replies · 1,976+ views
    I was watching a movie several minutes ago (in West Palm Beach, FL) and saw out my window (facing east)a large shining object quickly plunge from the sky. It freaked me out a bit. Did anyone out there see it? I saw one similar back around 1990-1992 and years later saw it on Discovery as it was captured on video.
  • Meteorite sheds light on birth of the solar system

    06/16/2009 12:35:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 529+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 15 June 2009 | James Urquhart
    French and Italian scientists have analysed a meteorite and discovered that it contains a unique and primordial rock fragment that is thought to have remained largely unaltered since the solar system formed around 4.6 billion years ago. The scientists believe the xenolith, which shows unprecedented isotopic variations of nitrogen, may offer insight into the solar system's formation and say it poses serious problems for current models of light element isotopic fractionation.  Light element isotopic ratios are the result of formation mechanisms and particular physical and chemical conditions. Understanding them can therefore help determine whether extraterrestrial materials formed in the solar nebula...
  • Boy Hit By Meteorite Travelling At 30,000mph

    06/12/2009 3:56:22 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 83 replies · 4,107+ views
    news ^ | June 12, 2009
    A teenager was hit by a meteorite travelling at 30,000mph - and lived to tell the tale.Gerrit Blank was on his way to school when he saw a massive fireball heading straight towards him from the sky. The white-hot meteorite bounced off the schoolboy's hand and hit the ground so hard it left a foot-long crater in the tarmac - as well as a three-inch scar on his hand. Gerrit, 14, said: "At first I just saw a large ball of light and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand. "Then, a split second after that, there was...
  • Fast, bright UFO overtakes International Space Station

    06/01/2009 8:53:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 61 replies · 3,312+ views
    Examiner ^ | June 1 2009 | Roger Marsh
    A bright and fast object seemingly "overtook" the International Space Station May 29, according to several witnesses observing from two different states, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness database. The first case was reported from Texas, where a man and two other witnesses were out watching the International Space Station fly over, and then observed this second object - moving at between two and-a-half and three times the speed of the space station. A second group is reporting in from the RMCC Observatory, Mounds, Oklahoma, who say they saw the same event.
  • 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...
  • Meteorite Strikes, Setting Off a Tsunami: Did It Happen Here?[NY]

    12/31/2008 2:26:04 PM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 844+ views
    NY Times ^ | 29 Dec 2008 | Kenneth Chang
    The tsunami washed over Fire Island and, to the west, waves perhaps as high as 20 feet spilled into Lower Manhattan. The furious onrush of water left sediment a foot and a half deep on the Jersey Shore, and debris cascaded far up the Hudson River. No, there’s no need to rush to higher ground, commandeer a rowboat in Central Park or empty the closet to grab the rubber boots. This disaster occurred about 2,300 years ago, though how bad it was, or even if it was a tsunami, remains in dispute. But several geologists have collected evidence indicating that...
  • Fire at Auckland Warehouse Caused by Meteorite Impact? (Update)

    12/14/2008 11:06:09 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 47 replies · 1,687+ views
    AstroEngine ^ | 12/15/08 | Ian O'Neill
    Update (16:00 PST Dec. 14th): Eyewitness accounts are becoming more detailed, if you were in the Auckland area at 10pm (December 13th) and you saw something, please let me know (by leaving a comment below). Please give as detailed an account as possible, including your location and the direction at which you saw the meteorite. Hopefully we’ll piece this event together… A fire erupted in an Auckland warehouse shortly after several eyewitness reported seeing a meteorite over the North Island of New Zealand. One witness (named “Mike”) even went as far to say that he watched the fiery object hit...
  • “Space rock” reveals life’s origins

    10/07/2008 3:06:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 602+ views
    Phenomenica ^ | 10/6/08
    Washington, Oct 06: A meteorite, which crashed into Australia 40 years ago, is telling researchers new things about how life may have started on Earth, and how that almost universal protein left-handedness came to be. For more than 150 years, scientists have known that the most basic building blocks of life - chains of amino acid molecules and the proteins they form - almost always have the unusual characteristic of being overwhelmingly “left-handed.” The molecules, of course, have no hands, but they are almost all asymmetrical in a way that parallels left-handedness. This observation, first made in the 1800s by...
  • 'Biggest UK Space Impact Found'

    03/26/2008 1:16:44 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 482+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-26-2008
    'Biggest UK space impact found' By Paul Rincon Science reporter, BBC News The impact occurred about 1.2 billion years ago. Evidence of the biggest meteorite ever to hit the British Isles has been found by a team of scientists. Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Aberdeen think a large object hit north-west Scotland about 1.2 billion years ago. The space rock struck the ground near the present-day town of Ullapool, they report in Geology journal. The scientists found what they believe to be debris which was flung out when the impact crater was formed. "If there had been human...
  • Mysterious Meteorites Stymie Scientists

    03/12/2008 5:19:46 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 1,029+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 3-12-2008 | Mysterious Meteorites Stymie Scientists
    Mysterious Meteorites Stymie Scientists Anne Minard for National Geographic NewsMarch 12, 2008 A pair of mysterious meteorites discovered in Antarctica is baffling scientists who are struggling to determine the origin of the space rocks. The meteorites, dubbed GRA 06128 and GRA 06129, were found in the Graves Nunataks region of Antarctica in 2006 (see an interactive map of Antarctica). The rocks were oddly rusty and salty and smelled like rotten eggs, its discoverers said. Initially, a team at the University of New Mexico (UNM) caused a stir when its analysis hinted that the pair may hail from Venus or the...
  • 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...
  • Astronomers Capture Rare Video Of Meteor Falling To Earth; Hunt For Meteorite

    03/08/2008 4:08:09 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 31 replies · 1,584+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Mar. 8, 2008
    ScienceDaily (Mar. 8, 2008) — Astronomers from The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, have captured rare video of a meteor falling to Earth. 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 calls and emails from people who actually saw the light.
  • 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...