12 April 2011

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 12APR2011 - GAM Lunar Week Begins!

Meteorite Hunters (1 Letter to the Editor of the New York Times)
New York Times
Private meteorite hunters are not the bane of science (“Black Market Trinkets From Space,” April 5). As a result of the harvesting done by Bedouins, Berbers and others, 32 specimens from Mars and 43 specimens from the Moon have been discovered in the ... (The New York Times - Letter to the Editor by Darryl Pitt)

Theory of Titan ice volcanoes gets cold shoulder
In the new study, a team of scientists say Titan's identifiable surface features were likely created by weather or other external forces — meteorite strikes, wind and rain — rather than volcanic activity. This suggests that the huge moon's interior ...

NASA Allsky Camera Network - TN Meteor April 6
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NASA Allsky Camera Network Image of Tennessee Meteor on April 7, 01:21:57 UTC / April 6, 20:21:57 CDT.. Copyright ...
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Editoryal: Pamalandong sa panahon
Sun Star Sun, 10 Apr 2011 08:35 AM PDT
KALUHA sa paghamtong sa kalibotan ang daghang panghitabo ug kausaban. Sumala sa Wikipedia, ang edad sa kalibotan naa sa 4.54 bilyon ka tuig base sa radiometric age dating sa 
meteorite materials. read more

More about comets and Comet Elenin | Astro Bob
By astrobob
Being crumbly, comets sometimes break in two or even more pieces. Breakups can release lots of extra dust and gravel bits. If at some point, Earth intersects a shattered comet's orbit, we can experience a meteor shower. ...

Fireball - or a UFO in Flames?
On the evening of April 8 hundreds sent out Twitter messages indicating that a fireball-shaped UFO was streaking over the city's sky at high speed. The story did not go beyond that. However, authorities are looking into the object that plowed its way ... (Veracruz, Mexico meteor)

A moonstruck generation
Korotev's career of studying moon rocks took him to the deserts of Antarctica, where scientists have discovered most lunar meteorites. The study of meteorites and lunar samples has helped provide a clearer picture of events on Earth billions of years ...

GAM Lunar Week Begins!

The Moon is at center stage for GAM Lunar Week
 - April 10 to 16 A week-long special series of programs, from April 10 through 16, will be dedicated to the Moon to help people rediscover our closest companion in space. Lunar Week takes place while the Moon is well-placed for observation in the evening sky. Observing the Moon by telescope and naked eye, educational programs, online observing events, competitions and a celebration of the Moon in different cultures are all avaialble.
Some Lunar Week highlights:

Do you have a question about the Moon? Ask a Space Scientist! During Lunar Week Professor Bernard Foing, a Space Scientist at the European Space Agency

, will be answering your questions about the Moon. Perhaps you have always wondered what the Moon is made of, or how the Moon was formed, or even how humans or robots might explore the Moon in the future. The answers to the best questions will be posted on the GAM website.

Like the constellations, different observers in different latitudes observe the same sky differently. Now it is your turn to help us build a map with pictures of the Moon in different countries.  Your images should be acquired on the nights of 9, 10, 11 and 12 of April. A map with all the images will be produced to share with everyone.

Beginning at 19.30UT
During GAM Lunar Week you can reach the Moon from home! The Virtual Observatory's immensely popular series of special online, live remote observing events continues withWalking on the Moon. You see it all as astronomer Gianluca Masi moves the telescope, takes images to show you and narrates from the Virtual Observatory in Italy. You can also join in the chat with others tuning in from around the world.
Throughout April - Moon and Culture

The Moon and Culture project seeks to bring together the unique cultural perspectives of our closest neighbor in space, the Moon, from cultures around the world. Every culture on earth has a view of the moon that is unique to them, their heritage and their identity as a people. Share your cultural Moon stories with others through this unique collection.
Throughout April - Moonlight Poetry

This year the Astrpooetry Blog's special edition for Global Astronomy Month focuses on two topics: 1) Dark Skies Awareness and 2) the Moon. Write your “moonlight cocktails” of poetry now and send them in to be published on the GAM Astropoetry Blog.
Throughout April - MoonDays

The Moon—Earth’s traveling companion in space—is an integral part of life on Earth. Still, few people notice it or recognize its importance to us. The Moon is being celebrated throughout Global Astronomy Month via MoonDays,
 with programs during Lunar Week and beyond.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
For information on sponsorship opportunities for Global Astronomy Month 2011 or specific programs during GAM see the GAM Sponsorship page
 or contact Mike Simmons .
More information:

Announcements from Planetary Science Research Discoveries [PSRD]

New Section: CosmoSparks. Short reports that draw attention to recent observations or discoveries in cosmochemistry.http://www.psrd.hawaii.edu/CosmoSparks/

New Headline Article: Wet, Carbonaceous Asteroids: Altering Minerals, Changing Amino Acids
-- Aqueous alteration in asteroids containing organic compounds leads to formation of hydrous minerals and changes in the mix of amino acids.
We invite you to:
READ: First summary paragraph for a quick overview
PRINT: pdf version
VIEW: short slide summary with notes

Find all the headline articles in our archives:

PSRD is an educational web site supported by NASA's SMD Cosmochemistry Program and the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium to share the latest research on meteorites, asteroids, planets, moons, and other materials in our Solar System.

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