9 thoughts on “Don’t touch that meteorite!

  1. Zut alors says:

    “Man Keeps a Rock For Years, Hoping It’s Gold. It Turned Out to Be Far More Valuable” https://www.sciencealert.com/man-keeps-rock-for-years-hoping-it-s-gold-it-turned-out-to-be-a-meteorite
    “Scientists Didn’t Believe in Meteorites Until 1803 : The l’Aigle meteorite fall involved more than 3,000 pieces of rock and numerous witnesses, and it changed everything” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1803-rain-rocks-helped-establish-existence-meteorites-180963017/

  2. Chicken Little says:

    According to a report by The Washington Post, citing NASA sources, the meteor that exploded Saturday morning in the skies above Western Pennsylvania produced a blast that was equal to 30 tons of TNT. https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2022/01/04/pittsburgh-meteor-nasa/
    The Chelyabinsk meteor, which exploded over Chelyabinsk Oblast in Russia in 2013, had a blast yield of 400–500 kilotons of TNT – 26 to 33 times as much energy as that released from the atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelyabinsk_meteor

  3. Adrian says:

    “A doghouse with a seven inch hole in its roof is being auctioned at world renowned auction house Christie’s. https://futurism.com/the-byte/meteor-smashes-doghouse
    That’s because the hole was created by a meteorite, which barely missed Roky, an unsuspecting German shepherd living in a small Costa Rican town.” https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/deep-impact-martian-lunar-other-rare-meteorites/aguas-zarcas-doghouse-4/142783
    Photo of Roky with one of his owners holding the meteorite that stuck his shelter during the night of April 23, 2019. https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/0fcb1d2774d071b89a8430300371a915?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&cropH=663&cropW=995&xPos=0&yPos=41&width=862&height=575

    • p/s says:

      “A pair of researchers who previously identified what may be the first known interstellar meteor to impact Earth have now presented evidence of a second object that could have originated beyond the solar system, before it burned up in our planet’s skies and potentially fell to the surface, according to a new study.
      Amir Siraj, a student in astrophysics at Harvard University, and astronomer Avi Loeb, who serves as Harvard’s Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science, suggest that a fast-moving meteor that burst into a fireball hundreds of miles off the coast of Portugal on March 9, 2017, is an “additional interstellar object candidate” that they call interstellar meteor 2 (IM2) in a study posted to the preprint server arXiv [link] this week. The paper has not been peer-reviewed.
      In addition to their potential origin beyond the solar system, these objects appear to be extraordinarily robust, as they rank as the first- and third-highest meteors in material strength in a NASA catalog [link] that has collected data about hundreds of fireballs.” https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5vd4w/alien-hunting-astronomer-says-there-may-be-a-second-interstellar-object-on-earth-in-new-study

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