02 May 2012

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 2MAY2012

California meteor intrigues scientists
Meteorite hunters found fragments after the meteor was sighted streaking through the sky April 22 and exploding in a fireball. NASA and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., mobilized a search team last weekend to look for the fragile black ...

Meteor crash in Calif. excites Gold Rush-style hunters
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY The minivan-sized metor, weighing as much as 70 metric tons, turned into a fireball as it streaked across part of central and northern California a week ago Sunday, largely disintegrating as it plunged toward Earth.

How to Find a Meteorite in 5 Steps
LiveScience.com via Yahoo! Canada News Tue, 01 May 2012 13:39 PM PDT
Earth is under constant bombardment by space rocks. When they crash and burn through the atmosphere, most of the debris gets lost to the oceans, while some is buried or gradually weathered away. Nonetheless, plenty of chunks of fallen meteors, or meteorites, are strewn across the accessible parts of the planet. So far, more than 40,000 meteorites have been found and catalogued, and countless ...

Fragments of Meteorite Worth Their Weight in Gold
Universe Today Tue, 01 May 2012 13:21 PM PDT
Actually itâs more like 3.5 times their weight in gold, according to todayâs market value⦠and meteorite experts from SETI and NASAâs Marshall Space Flight Center. (...)Read the rest of Fragments ofMeteorite Worth Their Weight in Gold (465 words) © Jason Major for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: [...]

Today on New Scientist: 1 May 2012
New Scientist Tue, 01 May 2012 10:05 AM PDT
All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: LHC gets first glimpse of excited baryon and California meteorite is rare rock laden with organics...

Possible Fallen Meteorite in North Guatemala Being Investigated
Latin American Herald Tribune
GUATEMALA CITY – The director of Guatemala's National Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology Institute said Tuesday that authorities are investigating a possible fallen meteorite in the northern province of Peten.

Meteorite Hunters Flock To Foothills - Video - KCRA ...
Several people search the El Dorado foothills for pieces of a meteorite that sprayed the area a ...

May's first meteor shower battles a Full Moon
Astronomy Magazine
By Michael E. Bakich — Published: May 1, 2012 The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks before dawn May 5. Unfortunately, a Full Moon will hinder the view. Astronomy: Roen Kelly Enjoying ameteor shower requires only comfort and patience.

Dinosaurs were declining before asteroid struck, say scientists (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
By the time that giant meteor collided with our planet at the end of the Cretaceous, some dinosaur species were already heading toward extinction, new research indicates. By Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor / May 1, 2012 Tyrannosaurus rex is ...

Crashed Meteor Sparks Frenzy in Northern California
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY An image provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a meteor over Reno, Nevada on April 22, 2012. Not far from Sutter's Mill, Calif., where the Gold Rush began in 1848, a new breed of mineral hunter is scouring ...

3055 g Oslo meteorite found
a Norwegian television news report (Dagsrevyen on NRK, 30th April 2012) reported
that a 3055 g specimen of the recent OSLO fall was found
on the 26th April in Grefsen, north of Oslo.
NRK television report (30th April 2012): http://www.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/304779/
the meteorite: http://www.geotop.no/files/large/dscn6868.jpg
NRK website:
Morton Bilet does also report on his website:
map: http://www.geotop.no/files/large/met-oslo-1.jpg

2012 THE Year of Meteors!