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21 December 2012

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 19-21DEC2012

Researchers Dig in Mystery behind California Fireball Explosion
French Tribune
It has been said that the meteor is more of a concrete piece of jumbled rocky material, a breccias, which weighs barely 2 pounds, just before it was blasted into pieces from the April 22 fireball. The incident was apparently captured by weather radars ...

Meteorite has fallen on the territory of Turkish city ...
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According to Turkish media, the fall of the meteorite last night caused panic among the city's
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Geminid Meteor Shower 2012 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Images taken at Garappata State Park, Big Sur, California on the night of December 13-14, 2012.
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UC Davis Researchers Uncover Story of Coloma ...
Researches have made new discoveries since the Sutter's Mill meteoriteexploded as a ...
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Meteor offers insight into solar system
San Francisco Chronicle
An exploding meteor that blasted its fragments across California's Gold Country in April has revealed rare evidence of its origin in a single family of asteroids hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, astronomers report. Seventy-seven bits of space ...

Quadrantids Create Year's First Meteor Shower
NASA
View large image A little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, the Quadrantids will present an excellent chance for hardy souls to start the year off with some late-night meteor watching. Peaking in the wee morning hours of Jan.

California Meteor Broke Speed Record for Atmospheric Entry
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 02:18 PM PST
[caption id="attachment_10396" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Jenniskens recovering a fragment of the Sutter's Mill meteorite"] [/caption]Meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens must move quickly to trap evidence of a fresh meteorite fall. In 2008, a small asteroid roughly three meters across struck Earth's atmosphere over northern Sudan, producing a brilliant fireball in the sky. The ...

In Calif. Gold Country, A Rush That's Out Of This World
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 01:52 PM PST
When a meteorite crashed down in April on the exact spot where gold was discovered in 1848, professional and amateur meteorite hunters alike fanned out to collect small chunks. Now more than 50 scientists have published an analysis of the rare space rock.

Meteorite from fireball reveals its secrets
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 01:06 PM PST
Barely eight months after a fireball lit up California and Nevada skies, the first scientific paper is out examining the meteorites it left behind.

New Meteorite Suggests that Asteroid Surfaces More Complex Than Previously Thought
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 12:27 PM PST
New Meteorite Suggests that Asteroid Surfaces More Complex Than Previously Thought

Western University astronomers part of massive NASA meteorite discovery at Sutter's Mill
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 12:27 PM PST
Western University astronomers part of massive NASA meteorite discovery at Sutter's Mill

NASA Researchers Strike Scientific Gold with Meteorite
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 12:27 PM PST
Scientists found treasure when they studied a meteorite that was recovered April 22, 2012 at Sutter's Mill, the gold discovery site that led to the 1849 California Gold Rush.

Researchers: Meteorite that hit earth in El Dorado County one of fastest, rarest ever
npc-news.sacbee.com Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 12:21 PM PST
A meteorite that exploded over El Dorado County last spring was one of the fastest, rarestmeteorites to hit earth.

Meteorite triggered scientific 'Gold Rush'
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 12:15 PM PST
A meteorite that exploded as a fireball over California's Sierra foothills this past spring was among the fastest, rarest meteorites known to have hit the Earth, and it traveled a highly eccentric orbital route to get here.

Field Museum studies rare meteorite possibly from the outer asteroid belt
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 11:30 AM PST
( Field Museum ) A research team discovered that the Sutter's Mill meteorite is a so-called carbonaceous chondrite which is much more diverse in its composition than other meteorites of this type.

California meteorite a scientific gold mine
Thu, 20 Dec, 2012 11:23 AM PST
Sutter’s Mill rock preserves rare, fresh material from outer space

Meteorite from fireball reveals its secrets Technology & science ...
Barely eight months after a fireball lit up California and Nevada skies, the first scientific paper is out examining the meteorites it left behind.
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Viewing the Ursid Meteor Shower in 2012 | American Meteor Society
The week before Christmas is not one usually devoted to meteor observing. That is unfortunate as an obscure shower known as the Ursids reaches maximum ...
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2012 Ursid meteor shower active around winter solstice
EarthSky (blog)
The annual Ursid meteor shower always peaks near the time of the December winter solstice, so, in 2012, look for some possible activity over the next few nights. This shower favors the more northerly latitudes in the northern hemisphere, but even at ...

Celestial Secret: New anti-ageing cream contains meteorite stardust to keep you young
Tue, 18 Dec, 2012 04:38 AM PST
A new anti-ageing range is to launch with powdered meteorite picked up in the Sahara desert as its main ingredient.

Single Microbe May Have Triggered the "Great Dying"
Tue, 18 Dec, 2012 12:47 AM PST
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from Medical Daily about a new theory for what triggered the "Great Dying: " "Researchers believe that they may finally know why the event occurred, but the theory is not without controversy. There are several theories, including the possibility of a meteoritehitting the planet. Previously, most researchers believed that the Permian mass extinction was ...

Grains Gang Up to Bear Brunt of Missile and Meteorite Impacts
Mon, 17 Dec, 2012 06:08 PM PST
The way a meteorite or missile transfers the energy of its impact to sand and dirt grains is far more complex than scientists thought.

Pictures: "Beautiful" Geminid Meteor Showers Grace Skies
National Geographic
The annual Geminid meteor shower, which peaked last weekend, usually produces dozens of shooting stars per hour—making it one of the strongest and most reliable celestial shows around. (Related: "Sky-watchers Get Set for Cosmic Fireworks Show.") ...

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