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  • Perseids Meteor Showers

    Many skywatchers love August because the ever-reliable Perseid meteor shower peaks mid-month, but unfortunately, this year's usually brilliant meteor display may be spoiled by a bright full moon. Link 1The Perseid shower is expected to reach its peak at 8 p.m. EDT on August 12. The bright moon will rise the around 9:30 p.m. eastern time on Aug. 12 and 13, and shine brightly the rest of the night. To make matters worse, the full moon rising Sunday (Aug. 10) will be brighter than it usually is because this full moon, called a "supermoon," will be the closest of 2014....
  • The Best Air-to-Air Missile in the World Is in Sweden

    07/25/2014 6:15:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 24, 2014 | Thomas Newdick
    The air force of neutral Sweden may not be one of the big-hitters in terms of global power projection. Indeed, it has barely even undertaken combat operations. When Swedish jets went into action over Libya in 2011, during Operation Unified Protector, the government only allowed them to fly reconnaissance missions. The previous time Swedish fighters deployed in combat was almost 50 years earlier, during the Congo crisis. However, Sweden always has taken its air defense very seriously—and has a proven track record of developing innovative, often indigenous solutions to meet its air-power needs. Now, the Swedish air force is about...
  • UFO landing site? Meteorite crater? Scientists baffled by gigantic 262ft hole [Siberia]

    07/15/2014 10:43:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 11:34 EST, 15 July 2014 | By Travelmail Reporter
    FULL TITLE:UFO landing site? Meteorite crater? Scientists baffled by gigantic 262ft hole that has appeared at Siberia's 'End of The World' Enormous crater appears suddenly in part of Russia whose name translates as 'the end of the world' Teams of scientists are rushing east to fathom the cause of this unusual - and rare - geographical occurrence One especially outlandish theory talks about a UFO landing as a possible cause of this colossal chasm in the earth An urgent expedition will leaves tomorrow to probe a giant crater that has appeared in gas-rich northern Siberia. Extraordinary aerial images show a...
  • Strange lights over western Travis county

    07/12/2014 8:09:43 PM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 89 replies
    None | Today | Me
    My wife and I witnessed a single light heading from low in the sky from the Austin area and headed NW over our area in Lago Vista about an hour ago. We were sitting outside waiting for the unusually bright moon to come up which was a bust. I had just gotten outside after my shower after my shift at the local hardware store, sat down and she said "What the hell is that?" pointing to the east. Whatever it was, was a mercury vapor colored light traveling at a high rate of speed and broke into two lights. No...
  • 106 Years Ago, A Mysterious Explosion 1000x More Powerful Than The Hiroshima Bomb Rocked Siberia

    06/30/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by blam · 40 replies
    BI ^ | 6-30-2014 | Sam Ro
    Sam RoJune 30, 2014 Today is the 106th anniversary of a historic explosion that still has no clear explanation. It happened in Tunguska, a remote forest area in the middle of Siberia. The blast had the power of 15 megatons of TNT, roughly a thousand times that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima Japan. The event was so powerful that it was felt and heard a thousand miles away. Locals believed the blast was supernatural, caused by a god that was punishing people for their wickedness. Scientists, on the other hand, believed it was a meteor. Here's Where It...
  • Anyone else see the fireball meteor over NJ tonight?

    06/21/2014 7:55:36 PM PDT · by heartwood · 38 replies
    6/21/2014 | self
    About 10 pm, WNW in the sky from central Jersey, moving right to left, split trail, dimming and brightening, biggest one I've ever seen. Probably visible in Eastern PA also.
  • Meteor Shower over North America a Dud (Camelopadalids)

    05/24/2014 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 59 replies
    NDTV.com ^ | 24MAY2014 | Staff Writer
    Cape Town: Astronomers and amateur sky watchers across North America went to bed early Saturday disappointed by a meteor shower hyped as "potentially spectacular" that, in the end, was a dud. The US Naval Observatory described the Camelopardalids meteor shower on Friday as a "potentially spectacular show," but that potential was never fulfilled. The meteor shower could be seen by people in the United States, Canada and Mexico starting around 0230 GMT Saturday, according to NASA. A weak showing, combined with passing clouds and light pollution from towns and cities, conspired to turn what many hoped would be a light...
  • Earth to experience a never-before-seen meteor shower next week

    05/19/2014 2:50:40 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    dailydigestnews.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | Daily Digest News
    Astronomers are predicting the astronomical event of a lifetime next week. On 24 May 2014, Earth will pass through the debris tail of Comet 209P/LINEAR, which will unleash a myriad of cosmic explosions lighting up the night sky. This will be the first time Earth has ever experienced this particular meteor shower. A meteor shower happens when the Earth passes through debris left in space by a comet; the chunks of rock, ice and other materials, burn up in the atmosphere to form ‘shooting’ or ‘falling stars’.
  • 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...
  • Skydiver’s Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor Almost Hitting Him

    04/03/2014 1:21:29 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 46 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | april 03,2014 | Michael Zhang
    For the first time ever, a meteor has been captured on camera falling through the sky after it has finished burning. And that’s not all: the baseball-sized space rock nearly slammed into the man behind the camera.
  • What Would Happen If A Giant Tsunami Hit Florida?

    03/29/2014 5:56:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 93 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | March 29, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Can you imagine the devastation that would be caused if a massive wall of water several hundred feet high slammed into Florida at more than 100 miles an hour? To many people such a scenario is impossible, but that is what people living along the Indian Ocean thought before the 2004 tsunami and that is what people living in Japan thought before the 2011 tsunami. Throughout history, giant tsunamis have been relatively rare events, but they do happen. Scientists tell us that a mega-tsunami can race across the open ocean at up to 500 miles an hour, and when they...
  • Astronomy expert: Meteor likely in Upstate New York, but was it caused by Comet ISON?

    01/14/2014 9:02:35 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 49 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | on January 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM, updated January 13, 2014 at 12:59 AM | By Catie O'Toole
    Oswego, NY -- Upstate New Yorkers who heard a loud boom or saw a streak of light across the sky Sunday more than likely witnessed a meteor, according to an astronomy expert. View full size Did a piece of Comet ISON reach Upstate New York? In this photo provided by NASA, a contrast-enhanced image produced from the Hubble images of comet ISON taken April 23, 2013 reveals the subtle structure in the inner coma of the comet. In this computer-processed view, the Hubble image has been divided by a computer model coma that decreases in brightness proportionally to the distance...
  • Meteorologist: Loud boom that shook the Brainerd lakes area seems consistent with meteor event

    12/30/2013 12:46:01 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-30-13 | AP
    BRAINERD, Minn. — Residents in the Brainerd lakes area reported seeing flashes of light streaking across the sky and hearing a boom that rattled homes and buildings, and meteorologists say the reports are consistent with a meteor event. The reports started flowing in to authorities on Friday between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., the Brainerd Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1cPPrbq ). Some residents said they saw a turquoise streak light up the sky, and others say a bright light illuminated their homes, even darkened rooms where the drapes were closed.
  • Geminids Meteor Shower 2013: Friday night may be best chance to get a look at the annual spectacle

    12/13/2013 8:17:43 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 12 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | December 13, 2013 | Marcia Dunn
    ....The Geminids come from a small asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which passes quite close to the sun. Its trail of dust and debris is what makes up the Geminids. Earth passes through this stream of debris every December. “Most meteor showers come from comets, which spew ample meteoroids for a night of ‘shooting stars.’ The Geminid meteor shower is different,” NASA writes in their Geminids site. “The parent is not a comet, but a weird rocky object named 3200 Phaethon that sheds very little dusty debris — not nearly enough to explain the Geminids.”.... “The Geminids are my favourite because...
  • Dad: Son struck by meteorites while playing outside [FL]

    11/27/2013 12:32:52 PM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    http://www.clickorlando.com ^ | Nov 27 2013 12:13:06 AM EST | Author: John Ambrogne
    LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - The family of a 7-year-old boy says their son was hurt after small meteorites fell from the sky while he was playing outside. Steven Lippard was in his driveway Saturday in Palm Beach County when he began bleeding. The family initially thought he may have been hit by a golf ball or a bird, but then found several small rocks nearby. The rocks were taken to Florida Atlantic University. Initial tests showed the rocks were metallic and could have come from space. Experts are now doing more tests to confirm the possibility. Meteorite strikes around the world...
  • Strange Space Object Stumps Astronomers; Appears to be Asteroid but Has Six Comet-Like Tails

    11/09/2013 1:49:25 AM PST · by Bender2 · 37 replies
    universityherald.com ^ | Nov 07, 2013 03:05 PM EST | Russell Westerholm
    Strange Space Object Stumps Astronomers; Appears to be Asteroid but Has Six Comet-Like Tails Posted by Russell Westerholm Astronomers have spotted a curious comet-like spatial object with the Hubble Telescope that has six trails, causing it to look like a badminton shuttlecock, BBC News reported. The observers were lead to believe the object is an asteroid because it was spotted in an asteroid belt, but its tails are more characteristic of a comet. Asteroids also typically only appear as tiny dots of light. "We were literally dumbfounded when we saw it," Dave Jewitt, a professor from the University of California...
  • Divers Recover Presumed Superchunk Of Russian Meteor From Lake Chebarkul

    10/16/2013 5:50:19 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
    Fastcompany ^ | 10/16/2013
    The fragment is so large that divers have been unable to lift it. Instead, it's been dragged along the bottom of the lake on a metal sheet. At 1,257 pounds--that's 570 kilos--It will be almost as big as the Holsinger meteorite, which landed in Arizona 50,000 years ago, and broke the scales when it was weighed earlier today. The rock will be tested to verify that it is from space and not from somewhere more mundane.
  • Meteor over central Ohio lights up night, phone lines (Very large)

    09/30/2013 12:49:53 AM PDT · by oxcart · 13 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 09/29/13 | Ben Sutherly
    The brilliant streak seen on Friday night in the skies over central Ohio was a piece of an asteroid or comet that was 2 to 3 feet across and hit the atmosphere at 113,000 mph, a NASA official said yesterday. The bright flash of light at 11:33 p.m. prompted some people to call Columbus police to ask what it was while officers chatted about the event over their radios. “The initial trajectory suggests it passed over Columbus, Ohio, moving slightly north of west,” Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office told The Dispatch in an email. Cooke said there were...
  • Peak night for the Perseid meteor shower on August 11-12

    08/11/2013 11:17:14 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 4 replies
    Look for the 2013 Perseid meteor shower to be at its prolific best from late late August 11 until dawn August 12! Great times to watch: after midnight and before dawn on August 11, 12 or 13. We give the nod to Monday, August 12 – in the hours between midnight and dawn. But any of these mornings should be fine for watching this year’s Perseid shower. At dusk and early evening on August 11, the waxing crescent moon shines between the planet Venus and the star Spica. The planet Saturn is found above Spica. The Perseids are a summertime...
  • A volcano or a meteor impact: What created this large mysterious Siberian crater?

    08/06/2013 9:52:41 AM PDT · by Errant · 112 replies
    The Extinction Protocol ^ | 5 August, 2013
    August 5, 2013 – SIBERIA - Having an official task to draw up a geological map of the region, a young geologist ended up running into something so unique, outstanding and mysterious that it would still puzzle scientists more than six decades later – the Patomskiy Crater. A host of theories have been put forward in the intervening years: that the crater was created by an ancient civilization, or by prisoners at a top secret Stalin labor camp, or by volcanic activity, or by a meteorite, or by an underground hydrogen explosion, or by a UFO. And even more...
  • Biggest extinction in history caused by climate-changing meteor

    08/05/2013 8:34:44 AM PDT · by Renfield · 66 replies
    phys.org ^ | 8-1-2013
    It's well known that the dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago when a meteor hit what is now southern Mexico but evidence is accumulating that the biggest extinction of all, 252.3m years ago, at the end of the Permian period, was also triggered by an impact that changed the climate. While the idea that an impact caused the Permian extinction has been around for a while, what's been missing is a suitable crater to confirm it. Associate Professor Eric Tohver of the University of Western Australia's School of Earth and Environment believes he has found the impact crater...
  • Bright Explosion on the Moon

    05/17/2013 12:05:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    NASA ^ | 5/17/13 | Tony Phillips
    May 17, 2013: For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. "Lunar meteor showers" have turned out to be more common than anyone expected, with hundreds of detectable impacts occurring every year. They've just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the program. "On March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "It exploded in a flash nearly 10 times as bright as anything we've...
  • VIDEO: Giant green meteor spotted in night skies above Cornwall

    05/09/2013 2:00:55 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    This is Cornwall ^ | 5/9/13 | CGCharlotte
    A LARGE meteor was spotted in the sky above Cornwall in the early hours of this morning. A giant green meteor was spotted by astronomers in the skies above Cornwall Experts have said the phenomenon was likely to have been debris from Halley's Comet. The large lump of space rock was seen by people across England and Wales and Twitter was abuzz with reports of sightings. A meteor spotter with the handle @VirtualAstronomer, wrote "The meteor fireball was witnessed from Cornwall to the Scottish [sic] borders." A man Tweeting from Nottingham, @TwitFlickR, described it as a "green fireball that lasted...
  • Meteor Over Manhattan: East Coast Fireball Sets Internet Abuzz

    03/22/2013 11:05:49 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 81 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | 3-22-13 | Tariq Malik
    A bright meteor briefly outshined the lights of New York City Friday evening (March 22), according to reports by witnesses who used Twitter and the Internet to report sightings of the fireball streaking over a broad stretch of the U.S. East Coast. "Strange Friday night … a meteor passed over my house tonight!" wrote one New Yorker writing as Yanksmom19. The first fireball sightings came at about 8 p.m. EDT (0000 March 23 GMT) and sparked more than 500 witness reports to the American Meteor Society. Reports of the meteor flooded Twitter from New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. "The...
  • Incoming! Then Outgoing! Waves Generated by Russian Meteor Recorded Crossing the U.S.

    03/10/2013 11:23:58 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 5 replies
    NSF News ^ | 3/4/13 | Press Release
    Network of stations with seismometers and air pressure sensors detected the blast waves A network of seismographic stations recorded spectacular signals from the blast waves of the meteor that landed near Chelyabinsk, Russia, as the waves crossed the United States. The National Science Foundation- (NSF) supported stations are used to study earthquakes and the Earth's deep interior. While thousands of earthquakes around the globe are recorded by seismometers in these stations--part of the permanent Global Seismographic Network (GSN) and EarthScope's temporary Transportable Array (TA)--signals from large meteor impacts are far less common. The meteor explosion near Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15,...
  • A Super Fast Comet Is Headed For Mars

    03/05/2013 10:10:50 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-5-2013 | The Economist
    A Super Fast Comet Is Headed For Mars The EconomistMarch 5, 2013Shutterstock A PAIR of middle-aged tourists (see previous post) are not the only thing headed for Mars. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is also on its way. Discovered on January 3rd, some calculations of its orbit, according to Phil Plait, the rather good “Bad Astronomer”, have it passing 37,000km above the surface of the planet in October 2014—roughly the height at which communication satellites orbit Earth, and a remarkably close shave by cosmic standards. An official NASA website puts the most likely “close-approach” distance between the comet and Mars...
  • Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor ( Video Illustration)

    02/27/2013 10:20:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 27th February 2013 14:46 GMT | Brid-Aine Parnell
    Trajectory apparently began in near-Earth asteroid group ApolloAstroboffins have figured out where the Chelaybinsk meteorite came from using the power of maths and videos shot by witnesses in Russia.Click here for VideoJorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin of the University of Antioquia in Colombia have come up with a preliminary reconstruction of the orbit of the meteor, which smashed into the city in the Urals completely unexpectedly two weeks ago. By combing through the witness videos and using trigonometry, the astronomers have determined that the meteorite came from the Apollo class of asteroids in our Solar System's space rock belt. The...
  • Where exactly did the Russian meteor come from?

    02/26/2013 4:19:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    thewee.comk ^ | 4:22pm EST | Chris Gayomali |
    Poring over crowd-sourced footage, researchers Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, were able to use "simple trigonometry to calculate the height, speed, and position of the rock as it fell to Earth," says BBC News. More importantly, the duo was able to find out where Russia's most famous meteor was likely born. Using astronomy software developed by the U.S. Naval Observatory, Zuluaga and Ferrin gathered enough data to trace the meteoroid's origins in outer space. The information included the meteor's relative angle to the horizon, the shadows it cast, and video timestamps of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Chelyabinsk Meteor Flash

    02/23/2013 10:16:24 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    NASA ^ | February 23, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A meteoroid fell to Earth on February 15, streaking some 20 to 30 kilometers above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia at 9:20am local time. Initially traveling at about 20 kilometers per second, its explosive deceleration after impact with the lower atmosphere created a flash brighter than the Sun. This picture of the brilliant bolide (and others of its persistent trail) was captured by photographer Marat Ametvaleev, surprised during his morning sunrise session creating panoramic images of the nearby frosty landscape. An estimated 500 kilotons of energy was released by the explosion of the 17 meter wide space rock with...
  • ‘No Emergencies’ Reported After Bright Light Seen In SoCal Skies

    02/22/2013 11:47:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbsla.com ^ | February 22, 2013 10:25 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A streak of light that apparently sparked several reports across Southern California was not considered to be a public threat, according to fire officials. Over 40 reports from eyewitnesses around the Southland and statewide reported the sight to the American Meteor Society (AMS) around approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night. Residents from cities as far north as Sacramento, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara and as far south as Malibu and Costa Mesa reported a “brief tail of light” – described as everything from blue to white to bright green in color – traveling in a east-southeast...
  • Russian meteorite blast explained: Fireball explosion, not meteor shower (maps)

    02/16/2013 11:40:13 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 80 replies
    rt.com/news ^ | Edited: 16 February, 2013, 18:34
    A Russian policeman works near an ice hole, said by the Interior Ministry department for Chelyabinsk region to be the point of impact of a meteor seen earlier in the Urals region, at lake Chebarkul some 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Chelyabinsk February 15, 2013 (Reuters / Chelyabinsk region Interior Ministry) Russian scientists investigating the meteorite explosion in the Urals explained the nature of the event that caused havoc in the region. NASA said the shockwave force was equal to a 500-kiloton explosion – 30 times the Hiroshima blast.­The object was identified as a solitary 10-ton bolide by...
  • Russian 'meteor' was actually a tiny asteroid, NASA says (45 feet across, 10,000 tons & 40,000 mph)

    02/15/2013 11:28:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 150 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 16, 2013 | Monte Morin
    At a news conference Friday, NASA scientists said the object that exploded over Russia was a “tiny asteroid” that measured roughly 45 feet across, weighed about 10,000 tons and traveled about 40,000 mph. The object vaporized roughly 15 miles above the surface of the Earth, causing a shock wave that triggered the global network of listening devices that was established to detect nuclear test explosions. The force of the explosion measured between 300 and 500 kilotons, equivalent to a modern nuclear bomb, according to Bill Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,...
  • Fireball Streaks Across Bay Area Sky (San Fran)

    02/15/2013 9:55:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 128 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/15/13 | Anon
    Jodi Hernandez reports on the cosmic close encounter that the earth is experiencing tonight and the real one Russia experienced this morning. On a day that had a lot of people talking about meteorites and asteroids, a fireball of some sort was seen streaking across the Bay Area skies. The fireball was seen around 7:45 p.m. There are reports into the newsroom from people as far north as Fairfield and as far south as Gilroy. It was also seen in Sacramento, Newark, Walnut Creek, and St. Helena. It was bluish in color and appeared to be heading straight to the...
  • Russian Meteor Seen From CCTV. Blows out Windows and Doors.

    02/15/2013 4:22:56 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/15/2013 | Youtube
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  • Videos: Meteor lights up Russian skies; Update: Injuries now up over 900

    02/15/2013 1:43:03 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:01 am on February 15, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Pretty spectacular — and a little frightening, one might imagine, if one of these streaked across your field of vision.  Russia Today’s English-language service reports on the phenomenon observed over the last several hours, which also shattered windows in the Urals region as the meteor exploded in the atmosphere (via The Corner):
  • Russian meteor blast injures at least 1,000 people (3000 damaged buildings)-VIDEO-

    02/15/2013 11:00:09 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 118 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 2/15/2013 | Phil Black, Boriana Milanova and Laura Smith-Spark
    Moscow (CNN) -- A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left about 1,000 people hurt The number of injured has continued to rise through the day as new reports come in from across a swath of central Russia. Most of those hurt are in the Chelyabinsk region, the news agency said. The vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious. About 3,000 buildings have sustained damage -- mostly broken glass -- as a result of the shock waves caused by...
  • World's third largest asteroid impact zone found in South Australia

    02/15/2013 10:36:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    Phys.org ^ | February 15, 2013 | by Sunanda Creagh
    An asteroid measuring up to 20km across hit South Australia up to 360 million years ago and left behind the one of the largest asteroid impact zones on Earth, according to new research published today. The impact zone in the East Warburton Basin was buried under nearly four kilometres of earth, said Dr Andrew Glikson, a visiting fellow to the Australian National University's Planetary Science Institute and a co-author of the paper. "It's significant because it's so large. It's the third largest impact terrain anywhere on Earth found to date," Dr Glikson said. "It's likely to be part of a...
  • Russian meteorites not caused by asteroid flyby, NASA says

    02/15/2013 8:29:20 AM PST · by oxcart · 45 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 2/15/2013 | Tariq Malik
    The meteor explosion over Russia that injured more than 500 people and damaged hundreds of buildings was not caused by an asteroid zooming close by the Earth today (Feb.15), a NASA scientist says.
  • Russian MP Blames Meteor Shower On US Secret Arms Test

    02/15/2013 8:06:35 AM PST · by Fennie · 47 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | February 15, 2013
    Russia's controversial Liberal leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has blamed Americans for today's meteorite scare, local media report. "Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons," Mr. Zhirinovsky confessed to journalists. "[US Secretary of State] John Kerry wanted to warn [Russia's Foreign Minister] Lavrov on Monday, he was looking for Lavrov, and Lavrov was on a trip. He meant to warn Lavrov about a provocation against Russia," he said.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Meteorite crash in Russia: UFO fears spark panic in the Urals (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    02/15/2013 12:34:43 AM PST · by Islander7 · 46 replies
    Kremlin Russia Today ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Staff
    A series of explosions in the skies of Russia’s Urals region, reportedly caused by a meteorite shower, has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones have stopped working. According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.
  • Forget The Debt Ceiling — Traders Are Buzzing About The Gigantic Asteroid Barreling Towards Earth

    01/08/2013 8:20:42 AM PST · by blam · 68 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-8-2013 | Sam Ro
    ART CASHIN: Forget The Debt Ceiling — Traders Are Buzzing About The Gigantic Asteroid Barreling Towards Earth Sam RoJan. 8, 2013, 8:46 AMWith no major economic, earnings, or political news, yesterday turned into one of the most boring trading days in a very long time. According to UBS's Art Cashin, this gave the New York Stock Exchange floor traders time to chat about various things. One of those things: the gigantic asteroid heading toward earth. From this morning's Cashin's Comments: And You Thought The Debt Ceiling Was All You Had To Worry About – Trading was slow enough yesterday that...
  • A streak, a boom, and now meteor debris?

    10/18/2012 9:11:15 PM PDT · by thecodont · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 4:20 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Ellen Huet
    (10-18) 15:07 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A bright flash across the sky and a shaking boom awed Bay Area onlookers Wednesday evening, and one scientist says souvenirs of the phenomenon might be strewn in the hills around Martinez. A meteor, perhaps the size of a small car when it hit the Earth's atmosphere, put on a spectacular lightshow at 7:45 p.m. that was visible throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere in Northern and Central California. The accompanying noise was the meteor's sonic boom as it traveled faster than the speed of sound, said Jonathan Braidman, an astronomy instructor at Oakland's...
  • Jupiter Has Taken a Massive Meteor Hit (So Earth Didn’t Have To)

    09/12/2012 2:41:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 9/12/12 | Jamie Condliffe
    On Monday, Jupiter took a massive hit from a meteor, which was spotted by amateur astronomers based in the US—and if previous evidence is anything to go by, it could have saved Earth from a massive collision in the process. Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisconsin, was gazing at Jupiter on Monday when he saw a bright, white flash on the surface of the planet. When he posted his observation online, another astrophotographer, George Hall, discovered he'd unknowingly captured the massive explosion on video. Turns out it was probably a meteor striking the surface of the planet—and you can watch the...
  • Mom Stumbles Onto Meteorite Worth About $20,000

    05/03/2012 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | 01 MAY 2012 | Staff
    LOTUS (CBS13) – People from all over the world are in the tiny town of Lotus in El Dorado County looking for something that’s out of this world, but leave it to a stay-at-home mom walking her dog to find a precious meteorite. The rock Brenda Salveson found is 17 grams, equal to just over a tablespoon of sugar. But when it comes in the form of an asteroid, its weight has no boundaries. “I was lucky, blessed, good karma,” Brenda said. “It was sitting there at my toes like an Easter egg.” An egg? More like a diamond in...
  • 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...
  • Rare daylight meteor seen, heard over Nevada, California

    04/22/2012 10:51:51 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/22/12 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES | Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:22pm EDT (Reuters) - A rare daytime meteor was seen and heard streaking over northern Nevada and parts of California on Sunday, just after the peak of an annual meteor shower. Observers in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada reported seeing a fireball at about 8 a.m. local time, accompanied or followed by a thunderous clap that experts said could have been a sonic boom from the meteor or the sound of it breaking up high over the Earth. "It probably would have exploded as it entered the atmosphere," said Mike Smith, a meteorologist...
  • Strong Quadrantid Meteor Shower, One of 2012's Best, Peaks Wednesday (Right Now 3 AM Central)

    01/04/2012 1:57:19 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 27 replies
    http://www.space.com/ ^ | Date: 03 January 2012 Time: 08:06 AM ET | by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist
    If you enjoy the sight of "shooting stars" then make plans to be out looking skyward during the predawn hours on Wednesday (Jan. 4) when a strong display of Quadrantid meteors may appear. This first meteor shower of the year may end up being one of the best of 2012. To paraphrase Forrest Gump: The Quadrantid meteor shower is like opening up a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get! Indeed, the Quadrantids are notoriously unpredictable, but if any year promises a fine display, this could be it. Peak activity is due to occur early on...