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  • Space Impact 'Saved Christianity'

    11/12/2006 10:29:21 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 2,519+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-23-2003 | David Whitehouse
    Space impact 'saved Christianity'By Dr David Whitehouse BBC News Online science editor Did a meteor over central Italy in AD 312 change the course of Roman and Christian history? About the size of a football field: The impact crater left behind A team of geologists believes it has found the incoming space rock's impact crater, and dating suggests its formation coincided with the celestial vision said to have converted a future Roman emperor to Christianity. It was just before a decisive battle for control of Rome and the empire that Constantine saw a blazing light cross the sky and attributed...
  • Rare meteorite found in Kansas field

    10/16/2006 5:28:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,843+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/16/06 | Roxana Hegeman - ap
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - Scientists located a rare meteorite in a Kansas wheat field thanks to new ground-penetrating radar technology that someday might be used on Mars. The dig Monday was likely the most documented excavation yet of a meteorite find, with researchers painstakingly using brushes and hand tools to preserve evidence of the impact trail and to date the event of the meteorite strike. Soil samples also were bagged and tagged and organic material preserved for dating purposes. Even before they had the meteorite out of the ground, the scientific experts at the site were able to debunk prevailing wisdom...
  • UFO lit up northern skies

    08/22/2006 4:26:52 AM PDT · by Kurt_Hectic · 42 replies · 1,470+ views ^ | 22 Aug 2006, 10:39 | Aftenposten English Web Desk Nina berglund
    Calls streamed in to local police stations during the night after an unidentified flying object darted over the night skies in northern Norway. A top astronomer, though, thinks it was another meteorite. Astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard thinks the object flying though the northern skies Monday night was a meteorite. Several police districts logged reports from members of the public who observed "something" flying at high speed. "What they're talking about here is some sort of flying object, and we can't explain what it was," Oddgeir Slettli, operations leader for the Midtre Hålogaland Police District, told Observations were reported...
  • Ten Years Later, 'Life' in Martian Meteorite Still Not Verified

    08/08/2006 8:48:31 AM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies · 198+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, August 06, 2006
    It was a science fiction fantasy come true: Ten years ago this summer, NASA announced the discovery of life on Mars. At a Washington, D.C., news conference, scientists showed magnified pictures of a four-pound Martian meteorite riddled with wormy blobs that looked like bacterial colonies. The researchers explained how they had pried numerous clues from the rock, all strongly supporting their contention that microscopic creatures once occupied its nooks and crannies. It was arguably the space agency's most imagination-gripping moment since Apollo. Space buffs and NASA officials said that it just might be the scientific discovery of the century. "If...
  • Meteor explosion recorded over Oslo Fjord area (Norway)

    07/14/2006 8:12:38 AM PDT · by Kurt_Hectic · 27 replies · 828+ views ^ | 14 Jul 2006, 16:56 | Aftenposten's reporter Rolf Larsen, Aftenposten English Web Desk Nina Berglund
    Astronomers were fending off scores of calls on Friday from Norwegians who reported hearing what experts are calling a meteor explosion over southeast Norway, somewhere over the Oslo Fjord area. NORSAR, in Kjeller, has registered a signal from the explosion. Officials at NORSAR and at the University of Oslo said there likely are remnants of the meteor lying on the ground between Gardermoen to the northeast of Oslo and Askim to the southeast. "I urge people to search for particles that may have fallen to earth," astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard told He said the stones would be black...
  • A Meteoroid Hits the Moon

    06/14/2006 6:37:50 AM PDT · by steve-b · 32 replies · 1,757+ views
    NASA ^ | 6/13/2006
    There's a new crater on the Moon. It's about 14 meters wide, 3 meters deep and precisely one month, eleven days old. NASA astronomers watched it form: "On May 2, 2006, a meteoroid hit the Moon's Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium) with 17 billion joules of kinetic energy—that's about the same as 4 tons of TNT," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL. "The impact created a bright fireball which we video-recorded using a 10-inch telescope." Lunar impacts have been seen before--"stuff hits the Moon all the time," notes Cooke--but this is the best-ever...
  • Record meteorite hit Norway (caught on camera too)

    06/09/2006 8:47:00 AM PDT · by mwilli20 · 121 replies · 4,598+ views
    Aftenposten (Norway) ^ | 06/09/2006 | Nina Lødemel/Jonathan Tisdall
    As Wednesday morning dawned, northern Norway was hit with an impact comparable to the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima. ... At around 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, residents of the northern part of Troms and the western areas of Finnmark could clearly see a ball of fire taking several seconds to travel across the sky. ... "I saw a brilliant flash of light in the sky, and this became a light with a tail of smoke," Bruvold told He photographed the object and then continued to tend to his animals when he heard an enormous crash. "I heard the bang...
  • Water Found In Meteorite

    01/25/2006 8:52:11 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 796+ views
    BBC ^ | 8-27-1999
    Water found in meteorite Tiny bubbles are caught in the water Scientists have made the first discovery of liquid water in a meteorite. The space rock was recovered by a group of boys in a small Texas town who saw it fall out of the sky in 1998. Specimens taken to Nasa's Johnson Space Center in Houston were subjected to tests by Michael Zolensky and his colleagues. When they cracked open the rock they found tiny, purple spots of halite - crystals of sodium chloride, or table salt - along with minute amounts of briny water. Others who have looked...
  • Million-dollar Space Rock Unearthed - Meteorite-hunter hits jackpot under 7 feet of Kansas soil

    11/11/2005 9:31:18 PM PST · by anymouse · 45 replies · 1,702+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Nov. 11, 2005
    A rare 1,400-pound (635-kilogram) meteorite was discovered seven feet (2 meters) underground by a collector in an area long known for producing prized space rocks. Using a metal detector mounted on a three-wheel vehicle, Steve Arnold of Kingston, Ark., found the huge meteorite two weeks ago in Kiowa County’s Brenham Township in southern Kansas. The meteorite is classified as an oriented pallasite, a type noted for a conical shape with crystals embedded in iron-nickel alloy. Only two larger ones of that type are known to have been found: a 3,100-pounder in Australia and a 1,500-pounder in Argentina. Those translate into...
  • 1,400-Pound Meteorite Found in Kansas

    11/11/2005 2:36:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 108 replies · 3,147+ views
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 47 minutes ago
    GREENSBURG, Kan. - In an area of southwest Kansas long known for its meteorite finds, Steve Arnold came up with what may be the biggest of its kind ever found in the United States. Arnold, a professional meteorite hunter from Kingston, Ark., found the 1,400-pound space rock two weeks ago in Kiowa County's Brenham Township. Using a metal detector mounted on a three-wheel vehicle, he discovered it more than 7 feet underground and dug it up. It was in the same area that in 1949 produced a 1,000-pound meteorite now on display at the Celestial Museum in Greensburg, part of...
  • Birthplace of famous Mars meteorite pinpointed

    09/16/2005 9:44:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies · 1,011+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9/16/05 | David L Chandler
    The original home of the world's most famous space rock, the Allen Hills Martian meteorite, has now been identified, thanks to data from the orbiting spacecraft Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey and a better understanding of cratering dynamics. The rock, called ALH84001, has been the subject of intense study ever since 1996 when scientists from NASA's Johnson Space Center startled the world by reporting that fossilised microbial life might be embedded inside it. The rock, which formed at the very dawn of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago, was blasted from the surface of Mars around 17 million...
  • Blinding "fireball" lights up Finnish sky

    05/18/2005 1:02:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies · 1,400+ views
    ap ^ | Wed May 18, 7:51 AM ET | ap
    HELSINKI (AFP) - An exceptionally bright "fireball" was spotted slicing through the sky over Finland before exploding over the country's border with Russia. The phenomenon was witnessed by dozens of people in the eastern part of the country, the Finnish Astronomical Association (URSA) said Wednesday. "Our mathematicians have roughly calculated that the (fireball) began its decent over our eastern border and ended in an explosion over the Russian Karelia region," URSA newsletter editor Marko Pekkola told AFP. Closer calculations will be needed to determine the exact route taken by the "fireball", which was probably an incandescent meteorite, Pekkola added.
  • 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...
  • NASA Rover Finds Meteorite on Mars Surface

    01/18/2005 6:25:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 1,310+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/05 | John Antczak - AP
    LOS ANGELES - In a stroke of luck, the NASA (news - web sites) rover Opportunity has discovered a basketball-size metal meteorite sitting on the surface of Mars, the mission's main scientist said Tuesday. Opportunity came upon the meteorite last week while it was taking a look at a spacecraft shell that was jettisoned before landing after protecting the rover during its plunge through the martian atmosphere. Tests performed during the weekend confirm it is a nickel-iron meteorite, said Steve Squyres, a Cornell University scientist who is the principal investigator for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers mission. "I didn't see this...
  • Comet or Meteorite Impact Events in 1178AD?

    01/03/2005 3:59:02 PM PST · by blam · 66 replies · 5,613+ views
    SIS Conference ^ | 1-26-2003 | Emilio Spedicato
    1. Introduction As related by Clube and Napier in their monograph The Cosmic Winter, see [1], in the year 1178 A.D. four wise men of Canterbury were sitting outside on a clear and calm 18th June night, a half Moon standing placidly in the starry sky. Suddenly they noticed a flame jutting out of a horn of the Moon. Then they saw the Moon tremble and its colour change slowly from light brilliant to a darker reddish tone. Such a colour remained for all the time the Moon was visible during that phase. This story is found in a manuscript...
  • 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...
  • "..Could be the first photograph of a meteorite hitting Earth"

    11/23/2004 3:13:24 PM PST · by yankeedame · 94 replies · 9,992+ views
    News.Com.AU ^ | November 24, 2004 | staff writer
    Meteorite 'photographed' hitting Earth By Nigel Adlam November 24, 2004NORTHERN 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...
  • Great-grandmother has lucky escape from very unlucky mishap (grazed by meteorite)

    08/18/2004 5:14:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 754+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/18/04 | AFP - London
    LONDON (AFP) - Most people would think they were supremely unlucky to be struck by a falling meteorite while out in their back garden. Yet great-grandmother Pauline Aguss is just grateful the rock only grazed her arm. The 76-year-old was hit by a swiftly-falling fragment of rock while hanging out washing in her garden in the county of Suffolk, the Sun newspaper reported in its Wednesday edition. If the golf ball-sized fragment is confirmed as originating from space, Aguss will be the first Briton ever known to have been struck by a meteorite. Aguss told the newspaper that she had...
  • Probe To 'Look Inside' Asteroids

    07/28/2004 8:22:08 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 956+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-28-2004 | Paul Rincon
    Probe to 'look inside' asteroids By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff in Paris, France Studies of asteroids would aid Earth-protection strategies A new space mission concept unveiled at a Paris conference aims to look inside asteroids to reveal how they are made. Deep Interior would use radar to probe the origin and evolution of two near-Earth objects less than 1km across. The mission, which could launch some time later this decade, would also give clues to how the planets evolved. The perceived threat of asteroids colliding with our planet has renewed interest in space missions to understand these...
  • 'House-sized' meteorite hits

    06/17/2004 8:34:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies · 436+ views ^ | June 17, 2004 | From staff and AAP
    A METEORITE reportedly the size of a house fell on the NSW south coast overnight, exploding in a bright flash, police have said. A driver on the Hume Highway shortly after 9pm (AEST) near Menangle reported an object the size of a house falling from the sky. The object fell east of the Hume Highway, possibly in an escarpment near the top of a hill at Bulli, police were told. The meteorite was described as glowing silver in colour and similar to an artillery shell when it exploded with a bright flash on impact. Workers at the Sydney Airport Tower...