24 October 2012

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 24OCT2012

Object thought to be meteor chunk just a rock
San Jose Mercury News
NOVATO, Calif.—It turns out an object that hit a Northern California home and thought to be a meteorite is just a rock. A Novato homeowner heard the object hit her roof during last week's meteorshower that lit up skies over the San Francisco Bay area.

What to do at 3 am on Nov. 17 (or so): Watch the Leonid meteor shower, says PARI
Mountain Xpress
As with all meteor showers, the Leonids are best observed between midnight and dawn from a clear, dark location with a good horizon. The Leonids have been known to flare up into spectacular showers but no such “meteor storm” has been predicted for ...

Bay crater may extend into Isle of Wight County
The Virginian-Pilot
Lauck W. Ward, curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, left, and Scott Bruce, a hydrologist with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, look over the core samples from the meteor debris field, part of...

Just a Rock – Report of Novato Meteorite a Mistake
Tuesday the meteor astronomer with the SETI Institute who reported over the weekend that the first piece of the meteor was found after it hit the roof of a Novato home clarified that the suspected meteorite discovered there is actually a natural rock ...

That meteorite in Novato? Just a rock
San Francisco Chronicle
A chagrined meteor hunter acknowledged Tuesday that what he thought was ameteorite was actually a "natural rock" from Earth. "I sincerely thought it was, based on what appeared to me was remnant fusion crust," Peter Jenniskens, a scientist at the Seti ...

Woman finds meteorite in backyard
A thump on the roof leads a woman to a discovery that's out of this world.

Meteorite Nazi Buddha Exposed as Likely Fake
Spiegel Online
A statue of Buddha, allegedly collected by the Nazis during a late 1930s expedition to Tibet, had been carved out of meteorite. Referred to as the "Iron Man," the 24 centimeter-tall figure with a swastika on its chest was thought to be 1,000 years old.

'Nazi space Buddha' probably a fake
3news Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:35 PM PDT
It seems the only part of that story which is true is that the statue is indeed a chunk of meteorite.

UH professor to lead international drilling expedition
EurekAlert! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:53 AM PDT
( University of Houston ) From finding the first deep-water hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico to locating the meteorite impact that doomed the dinosaurs, ocean drilling has unlocked major mysteries. Geoscientists hope to uncover more secrets on an expedition to recover the first-ever drill core from the lower crust of the Pacific Ocean. University of Houston geologist Jonathan Snow will co-lead ...

4 Billion Year Old Meteorite Found In Couple's Backyard
KHQ Spokane Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:32 AM PDT
KHQ.COM - The rock is nothing much to look at: 33 pounds and oval shaped. If you didn't know its history, you probably wouldn't be surprised that Donna Lewis's family used it as a doorstop, later parking it in the front garden.

Meteor Punches Hole in Roof
Fox News Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:20 AM PDT
This photo shows the Novato meteorite N1 discovered by Lisa Webber of Novato, Calif. The meteorite is from a meteor that created a spectacular fireball over Northern California on Oct. 17, 2012 P. Jenniskens, SETI Institute /NASA ARC

Family Discovers Doorstop Is 4 Billion-year-old Meteorite
Malaysian Digest Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:58 PM PDT
The doorstop on Donna and George Lewis' porch traveled a long way to get there. Read more...

Raw: Meteor showers light up Calif. sky
Professional observers say fireballs lit up California skies as part of a majormeteor shower. The ...

Meteorite Rock Hits Calif. Home - weather.com
Get the latest weather news from weather.com. A scientist says a 2-inch rock that hit a Novato ...

Family discovers doorstop is 4 billion-year-old ...
From the blog The Sideshow: Donna Lewis and Dr. Jerry Cook of Eastern Kentucky University ...

Meteorite Photos from California Fireball of Oct. 17, 2012 | Space.com
See photos of the meteorite search from a dazzling fireball over Northern California on Oct. 17, 2012.

Spectacular Meteor Sparks Fireball Over California - Yahoo! News
From Yahoo! News: Update: See our latest observing guide and preview for the weekend Orionid meteor shower here:Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight: ...

DIMENSIONS: Meteor watchers encounter Bigfoot in Christian County
Christian County Headliner News
At about 2 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2002, a father and son from Springfield were standing in the rural darkness next to their parked car on a gravel road at the Greene and Christian County line. They had made this nocturnal journey in hopes of watching the ...

NASA cameras in Georgia capture Orionid meteor shower
View slideshow: Orionid meteor's streak across an October morning sky. Dozens of meteors per hour gave astronomers a cosmic light show as the Orionids streaked over head, meanwhile the space agency was at work tracking the fragments of rocky debris.

Video: Rock That Hit Northern California Home is Confirmed Chunk of Meteor
A golf-ball-sized rock that struck a Novato house in Northern California last Thursday night is the first confirmed piece from the Orionids Meteor Shower that flew over the California sky in the past few days, according to a NASA-affiliated astronomer ...

Meteor lands on roof of California home during Orionid shower
Lisa Webber said that she heard something hit the house one night but did not think anything of it until she read reports that pieces of meteor had landed in the area. Alexander BesantOctober 22, 2012 20:57. Add Alexander Besant to your circles ...

California Orionids Meteorite Lands On Preacher's Roof
While this was going on, Webber, unaware of the incoming meteor, said she had heard a thud on her roof but didn't think too much of it. After all the media attention the sight of the meteor in the air garnished, Webber started thinking of that sound ...

Remember the fireball that exploded over California last week? A chunk of it ...
Homeowner Lisa Webber, a nurse at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, found the space rock Saturday (Oct. 20), after reading an article about the dazzling Oct. 17 fireballin the San Francisco Chronicle. She recalled hearing a ...

Image of the Day: Breathtaking meteor upstaged by Milky Way and northern lights
Here's an awesome shot from photographer Tommy Eliassen — yep, that's an Orionidmeteor set against incredible views of northern lights and the Milky Way. Eliassen caught the peak of the action from Korgfjellet, Hemnes, Norway, on Oct. 20, 2012. Here ...

Meteorite that hit Calif. home was part of Wednesday's fireball
KSBW The Central Coast
"We were walking in Carmel when we saw a big white fireball fairly low on the horizon begin to streak across the sky above the ocean toward Pebble Beach," Neafsey said. Photographer Ralph Marbach was shooting photos of the moon outside his Salinas ...

Meteor chunk lands in California resident Lisa Webber's backyard
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)
NBCNews.com said San Francisco Bay Area resident Lisa Webber heard a strange noise last Wednesday when a meteor flew across the sky, but she thought it was an animal. Webber reportedly read an article about the meteorite and spotted a 2-inch rock in ...

Meteorite From Wednesday's Fireball Strikes Roof ...
Watch the video 'Meteorite From Wednesday's Fireball Strikes Roof Of Novato Home' on ...

2012 THE Year of Meteors!

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