10 December 2009

10DEC09 Meteor/Meteorite News

Stunning Spiral Light Show over Norway

Space Weather News for Dec. 9, 2009
This morning in arctic Norway, onlookers were stunned when a gigantic luminous spiral formed in the northern sky. Veteran observers accustomed to the appearance of Northern Lights say they have never seen anything like it. It was neither a meteor nor any known form of atmospheric optics. Rumors that the spiral was caused by the botched launch of a Russian rocket have not yet been confirmed. Visit http://spaceweather.com
for images and eyewitness reports of this mysterious apparition.

Spiral UFO puts Norway in a spin
The Sun
Nick Pope, former UFO analyst for the Ministry of Defence, said: "My first thought was this was a meteor, a fireball, or debris from an old satellite ...


Study casts doubt on theory Hudson Bay meteorite triggered ice age
National Post
The theory that a meteorite strike "may have been the instigator for this cooling period was appealing because of several alleged impact markers, ...

Mars methane 'not from meteors'
BBC News
Scientists at Imperial College London say they have now ruled out the possibility that the methane is being constantly deposited by meteorites landing on ...

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Sunday, Dec. 13
University of Texas at Austin News
AUSTIN, Texas — The Geminid meteor shower will be at its best on the evening of Dec. 13, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. ...

Evidence of water in sand Mars rover's stuck in
San Francisco Chronicle
... but Spirit has been traveling across a basalt plain of lava flows from ancient volcanoes that is pocked by repeated meteorite impacts, Arvidson said. ...

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