29 June 2009

Russia Past Super Bolide News- Tunguska 101 29JUN09

Soviet Academy of Science 1927 expedition led by Leonid Kulik
Tunguska 101th anniversary 30JUN09
Tomorrow, Tuesday June 30, 2009 marks the one-hundred-first anniversary of the Tunguska impact event in Russia of June 30, 1908. Wikipedia has a very good report on Tunguska:
... At around 7:17 a.m. local time, Tungus natives and Russian settlers in the hills northwest of Lake Baikal observed a column of bluish light, nearly as bright as the Sun, moving across the sky. About 10 minutes later, there was a flash and a sound similar to artillery fire. Eyewitnesses closer to the explosion reported the sound source moving east to north. The sounds were accompanied by a shock wave that knocked people off their feet and broke windows hundreds of miles away. The majority of eyewitnesses reported only the sounds and the tremors, and not the sighting of the explosion. Eyewitness accounts differ as to the sequence of events and their overall duration. ... (more)

28 June 2009

Spanish Meteorite News- 28JUN09

Vida y fosilización en el desierto antártico
Revista Abril de 2005

Vida y fosilización en el desierto antártico.

Carmen Ascaso, Centro de Ciencias Medioambientales, CSIC, y Jacek Wierzchos, Universitat de Lleida. Artículo publicado en la revista El Ecologista nº 43, primavera 2005

Los estudios llevadas a cabo por los autores en la Antártida están sirviendo para sentar las bases sobre las técnicas que permitan detectar formas y restos de vida en Marte o en los meteoritos. ...(more)


Vietnamese Meteorite News- 29JUN09

Tìm hiểu nguồn gốc trái đất qua nghiên cứu thiên thạch
Cập nhật lúc 09h36' ngày 28/06/2009

Một phần vật liệu cấu tạo nên trái đất là thiên thạch có nguồn gốc trong vũ trụ. Theo học giả Phipipp Heck đến từ Đại học Chicago và các đồng sự của mình, những thiên thạch đó trẻ hơn so với các dự đoán của các lý thuyết hiện hành. ...(more)

Arizona Meteor News- Tucson Meteor Video 23JUN09 28JUN09

Video of the Tucson fireball caught on a security camera on 23JUN09.

27 June 2009

Meteorite News- Rocks From Space by Michael Johnson 28JUN09


A shower of fireballs rained down on the forest of Sikhote-Alin Mountains on February 12, 1947 at around 10:30 am. Pieces were blasted in every direction. Some were even found embedded in trees.
www.sikhote-alin.org WWW.SPACEROCKSINC.COM

Australia Meteorite News- Spider Impact Crater 27JUN09

Spider Crater, Western Australia
download large image (6 MB, JPEG)

Over the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, satellite sensors and airplane passengers alike can see a giant arachnid sprawling over the arid landscape. This spider’s not just big, it’s old. This prehistoric monster crawls out of the past as if to remind us of the destructive power of the cosmos.

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of Spider Crater and its surroundings on August 11, 2000. In this false-color image, the arid landscape appears in varying shades of crimson. Water appears blue-black, namely in the meandering river near the bottom edge of the image. Vegetation appears in shades of red. While vegetation looks sparse throughout the area, the intense red dots along the river indicate fairly lush—if intermittent—vegetation lining the riverbanks.

Near the center of the image is the Spider, sunlight giving an oddly ghostlike appearance to the steep ridges that form its legs. Geologists long puzzled over what this structure was, but found an important clue in the 1970s. They found shatter cones—cone-shaped, grooved rocks known only to appear in craters left by meteor or asteroid impacts. Other clues to the structure’s origin appeared in the form of strongly deformed layers of sedimentary rock that showed evidence of extraterrestrial trauma.

Spider Crater rests in a depression some 13 by 11 kilometers (8 by 7 miles) across. Meteorite craters often have central areas of uplift, and Spider Crater fits this pattern, with a central dome roughly 500 meters (1,640 feet) in diameter. Radiating from this central dome are features unusual in impact craters in general, but important in giving this crater its nickname. Overlapping beds of tough sandstone that have weathered the elements far better than the surrounding rocks form the spider’s “legs.” So while Spider Crater sits in a depression and has a central uplift area characteristic of impact craters, it shows extreme differences in erosion, giving it a unique appearance.

The age of Spider Crater is uncertain, but its formation has been estimated to fall between 900 and 600 million years ago. If this age estimate is correct, the crater formed from an impact that occurred during the Neoproterozoic, a period of geologic history when, some geologists hypothesize, Earth underwent a series of global ice ages nicknamed “Snowball Earth.”

  • References
  • McHone, J.F., Roddy, D.J., Shoemaker, C.S., Williams, K.K., Klemaszewski, J.E. (2002). Spider impact structure, Western Australia imaged with Space Shuttle radar. Thirty-third Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.
  • Wikipedia. (2007, September 29). Spider Crater. Accessed March 27, 2008.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Caption by Michon Scott.

Source: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=8607

Massachusetts Meteorite News- NASA Samples in West Bridgewater Library 27JUN09

Brockton area libraries expect surge of patrons this summer during bad economy

... West Bridgewater, Massachusetts: Display of lunar rock and meteorite samples from NASA beginning July 13 in Library ...

Meteorite News- NASA to Open Moon Vault 27JUN09


HOUSTON -- NASA will offer reporters an unprecedented chance to
conduct interviews with scientists inside the lab that stores moon
rocks Apollo astronauts collected during their six missions. The July
2 interview opportunities from the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab
and Storage Vaults at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will
take place nearly 40 years after humans first walked on the moon.

Using the NASA Television's Live Interview Media Outlet satellite
channel, news organizations will have a chance to talk with
scientists who study the lunar samples. The interviews will originate
from inside the lunar sample vault, amid the trays of moon rocks and
soil samples. Among the samples are those Apollo 11 astronauts Neil
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin brought back to Earth in July 1969.

Live interview opportunities will be available from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CDT with lunar sample scientists Gary Lofgren
and Andrea Mosie. Lofgren is the lunar curator at Johnson and has
been with the lab since the Apollo era. Mosie has been a scientist in
the current lab since it opened in 1979.

To participate in the interviews, journalists should contact Victor
Scott at 281-483-4942 or victor.j.scott@nasa.gov no later than noon,
July 1.

The public also will have an opportunity to take a virtual tour of the
lunar sample lab and ask the scientists questions via Ustream and
Twitter from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The public can submit questions to
Johnson's Twitter account, @NASA_Johnson, beginning today and via
Ustream live during the event. The tour and the question-and-answer
session also will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

To view the live broadcast on Ustream and submit questions, visit:


Between 1969 and 1972, six Apollo spaceflight missions brought back
842 pounds and 22,000 separate samples of lunar rocks, core samples,
pebbles, sand and dust from the lunar surface. The majority of the
samples are stored at the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab and
Storage Vaults at Johnson, with a small subset held at the White
Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. The samples continue to be studied
by scientists around the world. The work has provided invaluable
knowledge as NASA prepares to return to the moon.

The NASA Live Interview Media Outlet satellite channel will be used
for the event. The channel is a digital satellite C-band downlink by
uplink provider Americom. It is on satellite AMC 6, transponder 5C,
located at 72 degrees west, downlink frequency 3785.5 Mhz based on a
standard C-band 5150 Mhz L.O., vertical polarity, FEC is 3/4, data
rate is 6.00 Mhz, symbol rate is 4.3404 Mbaud, transmission DVB,
minimum Eb/N0 is 6.0 dB. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and
schedule information, visit:


For more information about the Apollo lunar samples and lab, visit:


NASA is planning a number of activities and events in 2009 as the 40th
anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20 approaches. The
events will celebrate the Apollo Program, its accomplishments, and
the benefits to our lives today. For more information, visit:


Canada Meteorite News- Riding with Meteorites 27JUN09

Riding with Meteorites - opens June 27 at Canadian Museum of Nature

Ottawa Start (press release)
Riding with Meteorites, a special temporary exhibition, opens at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Saturday, June 27. This fun, interactive exhibit will ...

26 June 2009

Meteorite News- Vestan Granite 26JUN09

The Complicated Geologic History of Asteroid 4 Vesta

--- Meteorites from asteroid 4 Vesta show that it contains patches of granite-like rock.

Written by G. Jeffrey Taylor
Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

Planetary scientists are pretty sure that almost all of the HED meteorites come from the fourth-largest asteroid, 4 Vesta. HED stands for the three types of rocks that make up the group. As cosmochemists have studied the meteorites over the years, their view of the geologic history of the asteroid has become progressively more complicated. Jean-Alix Barrat and Marcel Bohn (CNRS and University of Brest, France), Philippe Gillet (CNRS and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France), and Akira Yamaguchi (National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan) have found that Vesta is even more complicated--and interesting--than we thought. ... (more) http://www.psrd.hawaii.edu/June09/Vesta.granite-like.html

Meteor/Meteorite News 26JUN09

25 June 2009

Southern Arizona Bolide- Sierra Vista has Reports 23JUN09 - 25JUN09

Meteor lights up the sky

Loud boom heard, bright streak seen across the region late Tuesday

By Derek Jordan and Ted Morris
Published/Last Modified on Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 - 02:18:09 am MST

SIERRA VISTA — A number of southeastern Arizona residents reported seeing a bright meteor in the night sky Tuesday, followed by a loud explosion-like sound as it fell to Earth. ... more


Arizona Meteor News- Video and Update on 23JUN Meteor 25JUN09

Fireball Seen Over Tucson June 23

Tucson Citizen
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Numerous people called in to news stations and police last night, around 9:20 pm, when a bright fireball lit up the skies over Tucson. It may have been a chunk of cosmic debris, or it could have been a satellite or pieces of space junk burning up in the atmosphere. ... (more)


A security camera captured the terminal burst:

Geoff Notkin interview with Tucson TV station KOLD 13 on morning news:

24 June 2009

Pennsylvania Meteor/Meteorite History- Chicora Meteor 24JUN1938 24JUN09

updated posting- 24JUN2014 - Click Link-

Chicora Meteor

On June 24, 1938 a meteorite fell in the vicinity of Chicora,Pennsylvania. Named the "Chicora Meteor", the 450+ tonne meteor exploded approximately twelve miles above the Earth's surface. Only two fragments of the meteorite were found following initial investigations. They had masses 242g and 61g, and were discovered some miles short of the calculated point of impact of the main mass - which is yet to be found. Two more small fragments were found nearby in 1940.
Numerous reports of the Chicora Meteor mention that a cow was struck and injured by a falling stone; other accounts say that the cow was in fact killed by the stone.
The meteor was an olivine-hypersthene chondrite. Its remains were split between the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution.
The sound and light of the exploding meteor were initially mistaken for an explosion in the powder magazine at West Winfield, and was compared by investigators FW Preston, EP Henderson and James R Randolph as comparable to with the Halifax explosion of 1917 in destructive power. "If it had landed on Pittsburgh there would have been few survivors", they stated.[3]
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicora,_Pennsylvania

Arizona Meteor News- Southern Arizona Fireball 24JUN09

Southern Arizona Fireball – June 23

Southern Arizona Fireball – June 23, 2009 ... From Loretta: “I saw a giant meteor june 23 about 915 or 920. It was in the southern sky and went from ...

22 June 2009

France Meteorite News- Ensisheim Meteorite Fair 2009 22JUN09

02:45 -
Opening ceremony. ... meteorite ensisheim ...

Italy Meteorite News- Italian Fireball 22JUN09

Un meteorite sopra San Martino

(A meteorite over Saint Martino )

Tuscia Web - Viterbo - 22 giugno 2009
Il meteorite è stato descritto dai testimoni come un oggetto luminoso che volava ad alta velocità sopra San Martino e che probabilmente è caduta a qualche ... (more)

Meteorite News- Rock Bands Spin an Oxygen Record 22JUN09

Rock Bands Spin an Oxygen Record
Astrobiology Magazine - Michael Schirber
... compare these results to other carbonaceous-mineral associations known to be of non-biological origin, including minerals found in a Martian meteorite. ... (more)

20 June 2009

Meteorite News- Meteorite-related Videos 20JUN09

Huge Crater on Earth!
02:03 -
Meteor Crater is perhaps the best-known example of a small impact crater on the Earth.

Space scientist Rob Matson shows Neil deGrasse Tyson his favorite meteorite hunting ground. This video podcast was produced by Julia Cort and Susan K. Lewis and edited by ...

03:00 - Ruben Garcia made this video about meteorites and meteorite hunting for the sole purpose of entering it into a video contest.

Moon Rocks and how to spot them 20JUN09

  • To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, we are giving readers the chance to win a piece of lunar meteorite. But how do we know it's genuine, asks Roger Highfield
    New Scientist - Jun 19

Italian Meteorite News-Pensa, scrivi e vinci la Luna 20JUN09

Pensa, scrivi e vinci la Luna

Focus.it -
Il frammento di autentico meteorite lunare in palio per il concorso della rivista New Scientist. Vi piacerebbe sfoggiare un frammento di Luna nel salotto di ...

French/Canadian Météorite News- Dr. Alain Carion (video) 20JUN09

Chute de la météorite au Canada en 2008
(Buzzard Coulee, Canada meteorite fall in 2008)

Avec les commentaires d'Alain Carion, Docteur es Sciences et chasseur de météorites
posted by
MrValaba on YouTube

19 June 2009

Australia Meteorite News- Flying object crashes into mountain 19JUN09

Latest Update:
No answer on mystery fire starter
Kallee Buchanan | 22nd June 2009

THE mystery fire on Hazle Marland's Gaeta property is still burning - just like
the questions about what started it. ...(more)

Mystery object falls to earth
AN air and ground search of the area where a bright flash and explosion was witnessed early this morning has failed to find an obvious cause. ... (more)
The Courier Mail - Jun 18 3:20 PM

Unidentified flying object crashes into mountain
by Robyn Ironside and Leanne Edmistone @ Courier Mail.Com

June 19, 2009 08:20am

AN object seen crashing into a mountain in central Queensland within the past hour is now believed to be a meteorite or space junk.

An Emergency Services spokeswoman said the Triple-O call was initially treated as a possible plane crash at Takilberan Creek near Gin Gin but the Australian Search and Rescue Authority has received “no mayday or distress calls”. ...


18 June 2009

India Meteorite News-Student Meteorite Hunt 18JUN09

Videos of the Student Meteorite Hunt at ACM Workshop
Organized by Vishnu Reddy and Bangalore Astronomical Society
posted 18JUN09

The National Level workshop on "Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites" sponsored by the Bangalore Astronomical Society was held on June 13 & 14, 2009 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore.

The following videos of the workshop involve the session where participants were divided into groups for the meteorite hunt. 4 pieces of meteorite were hidden on the planetarium campus and the participants had to find them. The winners took home the meteorite pieces.

About BAS
The Bangalore Astrological Society (BAS) is a registered, non-profit amateur astronomy organisation based in Bangalore, India. The group intends to create a base for all amateur-astronomy related activities and to popularise astronomy as a science.


About Vishnu Reddy
Vishnu Reddy is one of the most successful amateur astronomers from India. He has been credited with the discovery of 22 main belt asteroids, two binary near-Earth asteroids, six main-belt binary asteroids,and a supernova by the International Astronomical Union.
One of his asteroid discoveries has been named 78118 Bharat in honor of his motherland.

Video Links:
Meteorite Hunt @ ACM Workshop by Vishnu Reddy and Bangalore Astronomical Society - Part 1
07:11 - Today youtube.com

07:19 - Today youtube.com

02:59 - Today youtube.com

India Meteorite News- Magnetic bacteria found in Lonar lake 18JUN09

  • NEW DELHI: Microbiologists in Maharashtra have found 'magnetic bacteria' in the ancient Lonar lake formed due to meteorite impact, a finding that might open a vista for searching extra-terrestrial life. ... (more)
    The Times of India - Jun 17 11:45 PM

Reference Sources for Readers:




Greece Meteor News- Thessaloniki Fireball 12JUN09 Photo 18JUN09

Thessaloniki Fireball
(c) geobahalos 2009

Photos were taken on June 12, at 21:30, west of Thessaloniki, Greece. The phenomenon lasted about 30 seconds. I have ten pictures of this. It was absolutely spectacular and I am really happy to have been able to capture it with my camera.
Uploaded on June 13, 2009
by geobahalos

German Meteorite News- Steinheimer Impact Crater-Cosmic projectile meets earth 18JUN09

Kosmisches Geschoss trifft Erde

Main Post - ‎17JUN09
(lsw) Stuttgarter Forscher sind dem Steinheimer Meteoriten auf der Spur. Im Steinheimer Becken auf der Ostalb haben Geologen des Instituts für Planetologie ... (more)

German Meteorite News-US military closes satellite data 18JUN09

US-Militär sperrt Satellitendaten
(Danger by meteorites-US military closes satellite data)
- ‎17.06.09‎
Von Alexander Stirn Die Folgen eines Meteoriten-Einschlags können gravierend sein: Der Canon Diabolo im US-Bundesstaat Arizona ist mit einem Durchmesser von ... (more)

Greenland Meteorite News- Microbe Wakes Up After 120,000 Years 18JUN09

After more than 120,000 years trapped beneath a block of ice in Greenland, a tiny microbe has awoken. The long-lasting bacteria may hold clues to what life forms might exist on other planets.

The new bacteria species was found nearly 2 miles (3 km) beneath a Greenland glacier, where temperatures can dip well below freezing, pressure soars, and food and oxygen are scarce. ...(more) :


Mongolia Meteorite News- Hunter Returns from Mongolian Meteorite Hunting 18JUN09

Hunter Returns from Mongolian Meteorite Hunting
Pierre-Marie Pele has returned home from an expedition in Altai (Bayan-Olgii province), in western Mongolia.
While in Ulan-Bator, I visited the National History Museum with a room dedicated to meteorites. ... more text and photos at:

Story by Pierre-Marie Pele

17 June 2009

Holland Meteorite News- Kosmische kringloop verloopt sneller dan gedacht 18JUN09

Kosmische kringloop verloopt sneller dan gedacht-

Translated by Govert Schilling
Alles over sterrekunde - ‎16 Juni 2009
Ze bestudeerden tweeëntwintig korrels in de beroemde Murchison-meteoriet, waarvan eerder op basis van een afwijkende chemische samenstelling al was ... (more)

Original story in English- "Meteorite Grains Divulge Earth`s Cosmic Roots", University of Chicago

Greek Meteorite News- Italy/Greece Bolide/Meteor 12JUN09 Update 17JUN09

Πτώση μετεώρου προκάλεσε εντύπωση στη Βόρεια Ελλάδα


Μια πύρινη γραμμή στον ουρανό, πιθανότατα από πτώση μετεώρου, ανέφεραν ότι είδαν το βράδυ της Παρασκευής μάρτυρες στη Βόρεια Ελλάδα, την Αλβανία και την ΠΓΔΜ.

Το φαινόμενο καταγράφηκε και από τον πύργο ελέγχου του Αεροδρομίου Μακεδονίας, μετέδωσε η ΕΡΤ3.

Ο καθηγητής Αστρονομίας, Σταύρος Αυγολούπης απέδωσε τη λάμψη σε μικρό διαστημικό βράχο που εισήλθε στη γήινη ατμόσφαιρα ως βολίδα.

Αγνωστο παραμένει το εάν επρόκειτο για μετέωρο που διαλύθηκε στον αέρα, ή για μετεωρίτη που έφτασε μέχρι το έδαφος -το δεύτερο ενδεχόμενο είναι σημαντικά πιο απίθανο.

Το φαινόμενο, πάντως, δεν καταγράφηκε από το Αστεροσκοπείο Θεσσαλονίκης.

Newsroom ΔΟΛ, με πληροφορίες από ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ


Επεσε μετεωρίτης στη Μακεδονία;

Ενα μετέωρο έπεσε με τρόπο εντυπωσιακό στην περιοχή της Βόρειας Ελλάδας ή των όμορων χωρών, σύμφωνα με αυτόπτες μάρτυρες τόσο στη χώρα μας όσο και στις γειτονικές.

Το φαινόμενο ήταν τόσο έντονο και σαφές, ώστε έγινε αντιληπτό μέχρι και από τον πύργο ελέγχου του αεροδρομίου Μακεδονία στη Θεσσαλονίκη, αλλά και σε Αλβανία και ΠΓΔΜ, όπως ανέφερε το βορειοελλαδίτικο κανάλι της κρατικής τηλεόρασης.

Σχολιάζοντας εκεί το γεγονός ο καθηγητής Αστρονομίας Σταύρος Αυγολούπης απέδωσε την εντυπωσιακή λάμψη στο διόλου σπάνιο «φαινόμενο της βολίδας».

Δεν έχει γίνει άμεσα γνωστό εάν έχουν ξεκινήσει έρευνες για τον εντοπισμό του μετεωρίτη, στην περίπτωση που έφτασε σε σημαντικό μέγεθος στο έδαφος, καθώς θα αποτελούσε προφανώς εξαιρετικό αντιμείμενο επιστημονικής μελέτης.


From Grigoris Maravelias in Greece (Meteorobs):
1. The bolide time was around 21:00 - 21:30 local time (18:00-18:30 UT)
2. duration (depending on witnesses) from 5-10 sec, one mentioning 15 sec
and another one 26 sec
3. green color
4. direction west to north west
5. position close to horizon (perhaps parallel)
6. around 40deg trace
7. fragmentation (3-4 pieces)
8. seen from western part of Greece mainly (Chania of Crete, Patra,
Corfu, Thessaloniki and Athens)

Russia Meteorite News- Boguslavka Meteorite Video 17JUN09

Pravda.Ru- text/ video by Life.Ru

The Boguslavka meteorite fell on October 18, 1916 in the Far East, 220 kilometers from Vladivostok. "All the people in the village were watching the meteorite falling. One of the villagers even made a drawing of the remarkable phenomenon with water colors,” says Michael Nazarov, the head of the museum.

For more photos and story from Life.Ru in Russian:


Meteorite Grains Divulge Earth's Cosmic Roots 17JUN09

Meteorite Grains Divulge Earth's Cosmic Roots
Science Daily Mon, 15 Jun 2009 19:26 PM PDT
The interstellar stuff that became incorporated into the planets and life on Earth has younger cosmic roots than theories predict, according to researchers.... (more)

16 June 2009

England Latest Meteor News-Meteors cause flare alert calls 16JUN09

Meteors cause flare alert calls


Calls were made to coastguards across England's south coast, including Cornwall, Devon and Hampshire, reporting white and green flares. Reports were also made to coastguards in Jersey and France for about 30 minutes from about 2130 BST on Monday. ... (more)


Malaysia Meteorite News- # 260kg Meteorite To Be Dislayed At USM Museum PENANG, June 15 (Bernama) -- 260kg Meteorite to be Displayed 15JUN09

PENANG, June 15 (Bernama) -- A meteorite weighing 260kg will be displayed at the Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) at its four-day arts and science carnival starting Thursday. ... (more)
Bernama - 54 minutes ago

15 June 2009

Indiana Meteorite News- Kentland Impact Crater 15JUN09

Ever heard of the Kentland crater?
By Earl Conn
Sunday, 14 June 2009 00:00
KENTLAND — Several years ago-well, about 65 to 97 million years ago-a gigantic meteorite struck the earth just east of present-day Kentland in northwestern Indiana’s Benton County. ... (more)

Luminous Bolide over Italy, Greece, Albania and Montenegro 14JUN09

Luminous Bolide over Italy, Greece, Albania and Montenegro
Friday 12 June, around 18.25 U.T. occurred in Puglia, Southern Italy,
a very luminous bolide, perhaps observers from Greece, Albania, Montenegro
saw this bolide, or via radio in all Europe, if yes, please write all data to: meteore@uai.it

(Meteor section of UAI [Unione Astrofili Italiani])

Thank you very much.
Best greetings.
Roberto Gorelli

14 June 2009

West Virginia Meteorite News-Amateur meteorite collector presenting program 14JUN09

Amateur meteorite collector presenting program
Cumberland Times-News - Jun 13 8:59 PM
Cumberland, West Virginia
Just as you look up at the night sky and contemplate the meaning of the universe, your train of thought is interrupted by a streaking light blazing across the sky. What you just saw was a shooting star. ...

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13 June 2009

German Meteorite News- Meteorite Hoax?* 13JUN09

*topic was previously posted 0n Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News, in German, earlier this week on 10JUN2009 and was discounted as probable hoax. The stone is too small to have created a crater of that size and meteorites do no emit light that close to ground. Also, no one but the boy witnessed his "meteorite strike".

Boy Says He Was Hit by Meteorite
FOX 29 Lake Charles Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:28 PM PDT
Gerrit Blank was walking to school when he says he saw a "ball of light" in the sky and then he felt a pain in his hand. "Then a split second after that, there was an enormous bang like a crash of thunder," Blank said.

German teen struck by meteorite
redOrbit Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:17 PM PDT
A German boy on his way to school has become the second known person to survive a direct strike by a meteorite, scientists say. Gerrit Blank, 14, has a 3-inch scar where he was hit on the hand by a pea-sized rock that hurtled to earth at more than 30,000 miles an hour, The Daily Telegraph of London reported Friday. At first I saw a large ball of light, and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand, ...

14-year-old boy hit by falling meteorite
New York Daily News Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:10 PM PDT
A 14-year-old German boy was hit on the hand by a tiny meteorite leaving him a little frazzled. The falling piece of space left the boy with a scar.

Meteorite Strikes Teen's Hand; He Survives
Wired News Fri, 12 Jun 2009 12:38 PM PDT
A 14-year-old German boy was hit in the hand by a tiny meteorite traveling 30,000 miles per hour. Meteorite strikes on humans and human infrastructure are actually more common than you might think.

14yr-old survives after being struck by meteorite travelling at 30,000mph
New Kerala Fri, 12 Jun 2009 12:13 PM PDT
London, Jun 12 : A 14-year-old boy, who was on his way to school, was struck by meteorite, which crashed to earth in a ball of flames at 30,000mph.

14 Year Old Boy Smote By Meteorite
Slashdot Fri, 12 Jun 2009 11:59 AM PDT
eldavojohn writes "Winning the lottery requires incredible luck and one in a million odds. So does getting hit by a falling space rock. A 14 year old German boy was granted a three inch scar by the gods. A pea sized meteorite smote young Gerrit Blank's hand before leaving a foot sized crater on the road. The boy's account: 'At first I just saw a large ball of light, and then I suddenly felt a ...

Teen knocked down ... by a meteorite?
MSNBC Fri, 12 Jun 2009 10:37 AM PDT
A 14-year-old German boy says he was hit in the hand by a pea-sized meteorite that scared the bejeezus out of him and left a scar.

Boy Survives 30,000 mph Meteorite Impact [Space]
Gizmodo Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:05 AM PDT
This 14-year-old boy is Gerrit Blank, and he is probably smiling because he survived a 30,000 mph meteorite hit. His taleâconfirmed by scientists at Germany's Walter Hohmann...

Boy Hit by Meteorite Traveling at 30,000 MPH
Fox News Fri, 12 Jun 2009 06:49 AM PDT
A teenager was hit by a meteorite travelling at 30,000mph - and lived to tell.

Boy Hit by Meteorite
SPACE.com via Yahoo! News Fri, 12 Jun 2009 06:45 AM PDT
A 14-year old German boy was hit in the hand by a pea-sized meteorite that scared the bejeezus out of him and left a scar.

Italy Meteorite News-Coast of Amalfi: Luminious Wake in Sky, Perhaps a Meteor 13JUN09

Costa d'Amalfi: scia luminosa in cielo, forse un meteorite
Il Foglio Costa d'Amalfi - ‎5 hours ago‎
Un meteorite? Chissà, fatto sta che la scia apparsa nel cielo ha attirato l'attenzione di decine di persone. L'accaduto intorno alle 20,30 di ieri sera a ...

12 June 2009

Greek Meteorite News- Heavy Meteorite Bombarment Brings Earth Life 12JUN09

Ο βομβαρδισμός της Γης από μετεωρίτες την έκανε πιο κατοικήσιμη


Μια καταιγίδα μετεωριτών, που σφυροκόπησε τη Γη, καθώς και τον Άρη, πριν περίπου 4 δισ. χρόνια (ο λεγόμενος "Ύστερος Βαρύς Βομβαρδισμός" που κράτησε 20 εκατ. χρόνια), πιθανότατα έκανε τους δύο πλανήτες πιο ζεστούς και υγρούς και τελικά πιο κατοικήσιμους, σύμφωνα με μια νέα επιστημονική έρευνα.

Η μελέτη έγινε από βρετανούς επιστήμονες, υπό τον Ρίτσαρντ Κορτ, του Τμήματος Γεωεπιστημών του Αυτοκρατορικού Κολλεγίου (Imperial College) του Λονδίνου, και δημοσιεύτηκε στο γεωχημικό περιοδικό "Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta", σύμφωνα με το BBC. ... (more) http://www.ana.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=7692443&maindocimg=7692470&service=143

Selene Makes Impact on Moon 12JUN09

A smashing end for Japanese lunar orbiter mission

Posted: June 10, 2009

Bookmark and Share An Australian telescope observed the controlled crash of Japan's Kaguya lunar probe into the moon Wednesday, an important warm-up act before a NASA impactor attempts a similar feat in October with much higher stakes. ...(more)


11 June 2009

Military Hush-Up: Incoming Space Rocks Now Classified 11JUN09

Military Hush-Up: Incoming Space Rocks Now Classified
By Leonard David
SPACE.com's Space Insider Columnist
posted: 10 June 2009

For 15 years, scientists have benefited from data gleaned by U.S. classified satellites of natural fireball events in Earth's atmosphere – but no longer.

A recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned. ... (more)


10 June 2009

Japanese Spacecraft Set to Impact the Moon 10JUN09

Image by JAXA 2009 Projected Selene Impact Site

Japan's Kaguya (Selene) will crash into the Moon on Wednesday, June 10th, around 1830 UT. The timing favors observers in Asia and Australia, who might be able to see a flash of light or a plume of debris rising from the Moon's southeastern limb. The spacecraft masses 2,600 kg and it will slam into the lunar surface at 6,000 km/hr. No one knows, however, how bright the flash might be or whether it will be visible even through large telescopes. Images of the crash, if any are captured, will be posted on http://spaceweather.com

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA) launched "KAGUYA (SELENE)" using the H-IIA Launch Vehicle at 10:31:01 a.m. on September 14, 2007 (JST) from Tanegashima Space Center.
The major objectives of the "KAGUYA" mission were to obtain scientific data of the lunar origin and evolution and to develop the technology for the future lunar exploration.
"KAGUYA" consisted of a main orbiting satellite at about 100km altitude and two small satellites (Relay Satellite and VRAD Satellite) in polar orbit. The orbiters carried instruments for scientific investigation of the Moon, on the Moon, and from the Moon.

Reconstruyendo la Historia Astrogeológica Mediante los Meteoritos 10JUN09

Reconstruyendo la Historia Astrogeológica Mediante los Meteoritos

Noticias Ciencia y Tecnologia - ‎Jun 7, 2009‎
Han sido encontrados aproximadamente 30.000 meteoritos en la Tierra. El Museo Real de Ontario alberga cerca de 2.300 fragmentos. Es la segunda colección más ... (more)

Netherlands Meteorite News 10JUN09

'Bombardement van meteorieten maakte aarde bewoonbaar'

NU.nl - ‎Jun 2, 2009‎
AMSTERDAM - Miljoenen inslagen van meteorieten hebben de aarde waarschijnlijk bewoonbaar gemaakt voor levende organismen. Dat beweren Britse onderzoekers in ... (more)

Hong Kong Meteorite News- 10JUN09


香港新浪網 - ‎Jun 8, 2009‎
李先生說,他撿起一塊仔細端詳,發現石頭表面好像有火燒過的痕跡,“難道是隕石?” 李先生越看越覺得稀奇,經過搜羅,找到近30塊“黑石頭”,但這些石頭到底是什麼,他卻無從得知。 6月5日,記者拿著其中一塊石頭找到了新疆觀賞石協會副會長吳雲華,他在仔細觀察後告訴記者, ...

Russian Meteorite News 10JUN09

Метеорит породил реку на Марсе

Версии.сом - ‎June 9, 2009
Специалисты Европейского космического агентства опубликовали данные об изучении одной из областей Марса, где предположительно от падения метеорита расплавились подземные ледники. Снимок сделан 28 декабря 2007 года космическим аппаратом Европейского космического агентства (ESA) Mars Express.

Крупнейшая коллекция метеоритов будет выставлена на аукцион

РБК - РИА РосБизнесКонсалтинг - ‎Jun 8, 2009‎
Британский коллекционер Роб Элиот (Rob Elliott), знаменитый своей коллекцией метеоритов, привзенных из разных частей света, намерен продать внушительную часть своего собрания, за которую планирует выручить до 1,6 млн долларов, сообщают британские СМИ. Увлечение Р.Элиота началось 13 лет назад, ...

Метеоритные дожди помогли появиться жизни на планете

E-News: новости Украины и мира - ‎Jun 7, 2009‎
Чтобы имитировать нагрев, который испытывали камни при входе в атмосферу, геологи нагревали 15 образцов древних метеоритов электричеством со скоростью примерно 20 тысяч градусов по Цельсию в секунду. В результате им удалось установить, что примерно 12 процентов массы метеорита высвобождается в ...

В Звенигороде состоялась встреча Сергея Миронова с сотрудниками Института астрономии РАН

Интернет-портал Правительства Московской области - ‎Jun 9, 2009
Одна из главных задач современной астрономии - прогнозирование угрозы падения на Землю астероидов и метеоритов, при этом финансирование исследований должно вестись за счет государства. Сергей Миронов пообещал ученым оказать поддержку при вступлении России в международный проект "Европейская ...

German Meteorite News- Heidhausen, Germany Student Claims Struck by Meteorite-Hoax 10JUN09

Meteorit trifft Schüler in Heidhausen

Derwesten.de - Nordrhein-Westfalen,Germany
Neben dem 14-jährigen Gerrit Blank fiel ein Meteorit vom Himmel und verletzte den Schüler an der Hand. „Erst habe ich nur einen großen, weißen Lichtkegel ... (more with photos)


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Wenn ein Meteorit die Erde trifft

Derwesten.de - Nordrhein-Westfalen,Germany
Was passiert, wenn ein Meteorit die Erde trifft? Verglüht er in der Atmosphäre, trifft er ein Haus oder einen Menschen? Darum geht es in der aktuellen ... (more)

Camp Verde Meteorite Found in Native American Burial 10JUN09

The tale of a falling star

Verde Independent -
The object so delicately wrapped and reverently placed in the stone cyst was a nickel-iron meteorite, or what meteorite collectors call simply, an iron. ... (more)

09 June 2009

Meteor/Meteorite News 9JUN09

Study: 20-Million-Year Meteorite Shower Turned Earth Warm & Wet

Discover Magazine -
The scientists found that, on average, each meteorite was capable of releasing up to 12 per cent of its mass as water vapour and 6 per cent of its mass as ...

Arizona Meteorite News- Meteorite Moves to Flag 8JUN09

Meteorite moves to Flag
Arizona Daily Sun Mon, 08 Jun 2009 06:39 AM PDT
The 535-pound fragment of the meteorite that formed Meteor Crater lay undisturbed for 49,000 years before being discovered in 1903 by mining engineer Daniel M. Barringer.
... (more)

06 June 2009

Indonesia Meteorite News 6JUN09

Jual Meteorit Senilai Rp 16,6 M

JawaPos.com - Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Memang bukan batu sembarangan, namun pecahan meteor (meteorit). Dia mengumpulkannya dari berbagai belahan dunia. Juru lelang menaksir semua koleksi langka ...

05 June 2009

India Meteorite News- Karimatti Metorite to be Studied 5JUN09

Electron-Microscopy to unravel meteorite mystery
Times of India - ‎5JUN09‎
KANPUR: The detailed probe into the meteorite, which had fallen on Karimatti village of Hamirpur district on May 28, extended into another day on Thursday. ... (more)

04 June 2009

India Meteorite News- 3JUN09

`Object that fell from sky was a meteorite'
The Times of India
3 Jun 2009, 2224 hrs IST, Abhinav Malhotra, TNN

KANPUR: "Meteorite is a rocky material which enters into earth's atmosphere from outside the earth (for eg, Mars) whereas numerous small and big rocks circulating in between the planets Mars and Jupiter are known as asteroids," said Prof Harish Chandra Verma of department of Physics of IIT-K while talking to TOI, specifying the difference between a meteorite and an asteroid.

Prof Verma ruled out the possibility of the stone being an asteroid as reported in some newspapers and emphatically remarked that the initial study of the piece of the rock done on Wednesday confirms that it's a meteorite. Usually such pieces of rock (debris) come from asteroid belt only but sometimes they may very well be a part of other celestial bodies also.

Prof Verma was referring to the incident of May 28, when a 1 kg stone resembling a meteorite fell down from the sky about 12 noon and left the people of the Karimatti hamlet in Hamirpur district amazed and puzzled. The stone which is ten inches in length and five inches in width was put in water to bring down its high temperature. Eyewitness to the entire incident, Mannu Lal, a villager was the first to observe this heavenly body. In no time, the news of the incident had spread like a wild fire in the entire village. The matter was then referred to the administration, which took the stone in its possession.

Prof Verma, travelled 200 km and brought the stone to IIT-K on Tuesday last for detailed study. Visibly excited with the discovery of the magnetic stone, Prof Verma shared his experience and said, "It's confirmed now that it is a meteorite due to its properties. As it was getting attracted towards a magnet and also the whole of the stone was covered with a black layer it gave us an idea of it being a meteorite.''

"Genuine scientific tests done on this meteorite will help us to know more about the secrets of the solar system like what was the composition of the solar system when it was formed, what was the early solar system like etc," he further said.
Prof Verma went on to say that the researchers from Physical Research Lab, Ahmedabad, University of Jodhpur, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and IIT-K will carry out tests in collaboration.

SOURCE: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Kanpur/Object-that-fell-from-sky-was-a-meteorite/articleshow/4614002.cms

German Meteorite News 3JUN09

Meteorit war offenbar doch aus Eisen

Heidenheimer Zeitung - Heidenheim,Baden-Württemberg,Germany
STEINHEIM. Bürgermeister Rainer Schaller ist davon überzeugt, dass „die bisherige Geschichte über die Entstehung des Steinheimer Beckens in wesentlichen ... (more)

03 June 2009

Polish Meteor/Meteorite News- Polish Superbolide 31MAY09 3JUN09

009 05 31/01 20:50:49 UT PFN 24 Gniewowo Krzysztof Polakowski

" BLINDING FLASH: On May 31st, evening sky watchers in northern Poland were temporarily blinded by a sudden flash of light brighter than the full Moon. An automated camera in the town of Gniewowo captured this snapshot of the "un-night" sky
(see at http://www.spaceweather.com/ )

What happened? A meteoroid of unknown origin hit Earth's atmosphere and exploded. "It was a huge fireball, probably brighter than magnitude -13," reports Gniewowo resident Przemyslaw Zoladek. "The explosion occured at 20:48 UT and was observed by many casual witnesses and at least two Polish Fireball Network video stations." No one knows if fragments of the object reached the ground. "

Relacje naocznych świadków: (Report witnesses:)

1. Dzisiaj o godzinie 22.48 zaobserwowałem bolid przelatujący w kierunku zachodnim, zachdnio północnym. Z Gdyni bolid byl widoczny 15-30 st. zachód od zenitu. Bolid oświetlił budynki i pozostawił po sobie smugę dymu. Pozdrawiam. Maciej

2. Witam wszystkich! Dzisiaj tzn. 31.05 o godzinie 22:48 zaobserwowałem piękny bolid, lecący w kierunku północno-zachodnim na wysokości ~30 stopni. Moją uwagę zwrócił rozbłysk trwający około 2 sek. Nie słyszałem żadnego dźwięku. Przypuszczalnie wleciał w atmosferę kilkadziesiąt kilometrów od mojego miejsca obserwacji, czyli Częstochowy. (...)

3. (...) 31 maja ok godziny 23:10 zauważyłem dość duży obiekt spadający z nieba, któremu towarzyszył silny rozbłysk. Zauważyłem to we Władysławowie w południowej części nieba. pozdrawiam Michał

4.Wczoraj 31.05.2009 ok. godziny 23:00 nad Rumią (woj. pomorskie) widziałam niesamowite zjawisko - wielką paląca się kulę. Leciała z zawrotną prędkością zostawiając za sobą długi ognisty ogon. Leciała jak petarda ale bardzo wysoko. Pojawiła się jakby znikąd by po chwili zniknąć. Bolid/kometa pozostawiła za sobą długą smugę pyłu i dymu. Wygładało to jakby kometa wdarła się w atmosferę ziemską paląc się jasnym płomieniem a potem nagle z niej wyleciała. Nie wiem czy to był bolid czy kometa - nie umiem ich rozróżnić ale to było wyjątkowo piękne i nieoczekiwane zjawisko!!!(...)

5. Zauwazylem bolid tuz nad glowa popijajac smaczna karkowke jeszcze smaczniejszym piwkiem gdzies ok 23-ej w Starogardzie Gdanskim. Przyznam, ze pierwszy raz widzialem cos podobnego i jestem pod ogromnym wrazeniem. Bolid roswietlil na kilka chwil cala okolice po czym spadal rozzarzony przez pare sekund pozostawiajac jasna, powykrecana smuge podejrzewam ze dymu. Bartek

6. Witam serdecznie! Wczoraj wieczorem ok. 22:50 między Trzebnicą a Zmigrodem (na trasie z Wrocławia do Poznania) zaobserwowałem b. jasny bolid. Mimo warstwy chmur zjawisko było dobrze widoczne: najpierw doszło do rozbłysku z kierunku pn-zach na wysokości ok. 45-50 stopni następnie po 2-3 sekundach w dziurach między chmurami dostrzegliśmy wygasające mniejsze fragmenty o wyraźnym zielonym kolorze. Bolid zaobserwowało w sumie 6 osób (4 z naszego auta i 2 z pierwszego z którym podróżowaliśmy). Nie słyszeliśmy żadnych dźwięków. Sam rozbłysk (wybuch?) był na tyle mocny, że na czas ok. 1,5 s rozświetlił kabiny naszych pojazdów. Michał

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