31 December 2012

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 29-31DEC2012

Stargazing: Quadrantid meteor shower
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
One of the most intense and briefest meteor showers of the year, the Quadrantids, will peak overnight Thursday into Friday morning. Because the show is usually only a few hours long and often obscured by winter weather, it doesn't have the same ...

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MBIQ (Meteor Bot Internet Query) Bot detected meteor(s) event in Punjab, India on 17DEC2012. The event has not been confirmed by two reports. Thank you for ...

Meteor Showers, Comets + More Predictions for 2013
GoLocal Worcester
I can't believe it is once again time to preview the visibility forecast for a new year of meteorshowers and other astronomical events. Where has the time gone? If you are reading this column it is obvious the Doomsday 2012 scenarios passed us by so ...

Meteor Showers 2013 Dates And Times: Perseids, Geminids, Lyrids ...
Meteor showers can be spectacular to watch. Year round there are some great displays, from the Perseids in August, to the Geminids in December, to the ...

ASTRONOMY: : Take in meteor shower if weather cooperates
However, if the weather cooperates, the Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak Thursday night and Friday morning. Considered an above-average shower, the Quadrantids can have up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. Even though the shower peaks ...

Meteor Activity Outlook for December 29, 2012-January 4, 2013 ...
The strong Quadrantid meteor shower will peak on Thursday morning January 3rd, with a bright gibbous moon located near the Leo-Virgo border. Activity can be ...

Geminid meteor goes the wrong way.
Geminid meteor goes the wrong way. General Astronomy discussion.

First Shooting Stars of 2013
Indian Country Today Media Network.com
It's the Quadrantid meteor shower, obscure and aptly named after a no-longer-recognized constellation (it was of an obsolete astronomical instrument used to observe and plot stars, according to NASA), and it peaks early on the morning of January 3, 2013.

The Great Daylight 1972 Fireball | TruthTheory
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Viewing the Quadrantid Meteor Shower in 2013 | American Meteor ...
The Quadrantids are another obscure winter shower usually lost to cloudy weather or sub-freezing temperatures. If your sky is clear on the morning of January 3, ...

Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peaks January 3rd 2013
Unlike many other meteor showers, the Quadrantids only last for a few hours, the early hours of January the 3rd is the only time to see them. And because of the location that they radiate from — the northern tip of Bootes the Herdsman – the shower is ...

Meteor Showers, Comets + More Predictions for 2013
While many of the meteor showers for 2012 were not spectacular, and we were clouded out locally for the transit of Venus, the skies did cooperate from time-to-time to provide some decent views of the heavens. So what does 2013 have in store for us here ...

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29 December 2012

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 29DEC2012

Quadrantid Meteor Shower 2013 Peak: When and Where to Watch
The Quadrantid meteor shower is named for an extinct constellation, but the shooting stars that seem to sprout from it still arrive yearly, and the opening of the 2013 show will begin overnight Jan. 1 into Jan. 2. The Quadrantids is one of the lesser ...

Did April’s west coast meteor contradict the theory of meteorite evolution of life on Earth?
Fri, 28 Dec, 2012 01:24 PM PST
A meteor explosion over California and Nevada earlier this year has offered up evidence that may contradict the idea that the Earth was originally "seeded" by organic material from space.

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28 December 2012

California Meteor 27DEC2012

California Meteor ~615 am PST 27DEC2012

If you witnessed this meteor event please file a meteor sighting report with this site; thank you!

Initial Meteor Sighting Reports:
27DEC2012 Joe Corona, California 6:15:00 3 seconds right to left going south white orange and maybe blue sun yes no picture

27DEC2012 H Duplessis Valley Center, CA 6:30 am  pst 2 seconds I was facing south east.  White streak traveled down in easternly direction First a white streak falling east then ended with a green blast (green fireball?) Very bright white similar to  burning magnesium not noticed sky was clear, streak & green fireball were very distinct

27DEC2012 Millie Etter Canoga Park, California 6:00am PST maybe 10 seconds heading South on Topanga Canyon Road/Victory Blvd stop light white Very birght and clear, like moon no frag, long clean flairing tail- seemed large The sky was clear, dark/black...was super clear out- outstanding thing to see

27DEC2012 Frank Elguera LOS ANGELES 06:10 PST 3 sec W Right to Left facing south west WHITE BLUE, no sound Venus No Impact in atmosphere created a big diamond shaped bolide

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The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 28DEC2012

Meteor Shower Calendar | American Meteor Society
The meteor showers listed below are the easiest to observe and provide the most activity. Particular attention should be noted to the time and moonlight ...

Meteor Activity Outlook for December 22-28, 2012 | American ...
During this period the moon reaches its full phase on Friday December 28th. At this time the moon is located opposite the sun and will remain in the sky all night ...

Quadrantid meteor shower to peak Jan. 4 - CNA ENGLISH NEWS
Taipei, Dec. 22 (CNA) Stargazers in Taiwan will have a chance to see shooting stars soon as the Quadrantid meteor shower nears its peak, the Taipei ...

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By Lunar Meteorite * Hunter
California Meteor ~615 am PST 27DEC2012 If you witnessed this meteor event please file a meteorsighting report with this site; thank you! Initial Meteor Sighting Reports: 27DEC2012 Joe Corona, California 6:15:00 3 seconds right to left ...
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Foothills meteorite generates national scientific buzz
Thu, 27 Dec, 2012 11:26 AM PST
A minivan-sized chunk of rock from outer space that landed in the Sierra Nevada is generating a lot of attention within the scientific community after a study published Friday in the prestigious academic journal Science. What has become known as the Sutter’s Mill meteorite entered the earth’s atmosphere about 7:51 a.m. local time on April 22.

Scientists Reveal Findings on Sutter's Mill Meteorite
Thu, 27 Dec, 2012 06:57 AM PST
A meteorite that exploded over California's Sierra foothills this past spring was among the fastest, rarest meteorites known to have hit the Earth. After collecting and studying fallen pieces of themeteorite, an international team of scientists is ready to announce their research, reporting on everything from the meteorite's age, to it's travelled course and original size. The researchers found ...

Is This Icy “Mega” Meteorite Really From Outer Space?
Wed, 26 Dec, 2012 06:25 PM PST
Earlier today, Euronews reported an icy “mega meteorite” fall in a farmer’s field in the Hrira region of Morocco. The farmer found the chunk of supposed space ice and put it in his freezer for later investigation by scientists, who apparently confirmed that it is in fact from space. But… really? (...)Read the rest of [...]

Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peak: Where and When to Watch
If there is cloud cover in South County on that night, you can watch a Ustream feed of the meteor shower on Jan. 2-4 on NASA.com. Obviously, you'll have more luck catching the shooting stars if you're in a place not polluted by light. Where's the best ...

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27 December 2012

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 27DEC2012

Nevada Seismo Lab featured in Science 
Wed, 26 Dec, 2012 01:45 AM PST
When the Sutter Mill's meteorite streaked across the Nevada sky in April, it made a loud boom and shook homes throughout the region.

Mega ice meteor lands in Morocco | euronews ...
world news - A Moroccan farmer got the shock of his life when a giant snowball fell to earth ...

When Is The Quadrantids Meteor Shower?
The meteor shower is expected to "last only a few hours," according to NASA.com. That means you should look for it in the the night of Jan. 2-3, not the night of Jan. 3-4. The moon will set after midnight, so the best time to view the meteors will be ...

Meteorite triggered scientific gold rush at UC Davis
Mon, 24 Dec, 2012 12:47 AM 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.

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Breaking News - Mega ice meteor(ite) falls in Morocco

Fact or Fiction -

Mega ice meteor lands in Morocco

A Moroccan farmer got the shock of his life when a giant snowball fell to earth leaving a half metre hole in his land. ... (see video)

لغز كرة ثلجية بالخميسات

Original Story from Moroc Press with different video:


For more information about mega ice "meteors"
Megacryometeor - Wikipedia entry:

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26 December 2012

Alleged Grand Canyon Meteorite Strikes

Alleged Grand Canyon Meteorite Strikes

The section “Minerals from Spaces” (Pages 87-88),
Billingsley et al. (1997) recounts claims of reported
meteorite strikes in the Grand Canyon.For example,
they note that according to Huntoon (1989), a
meteorite slammed into the north wall of Milkweed
Canyon in either 1922 or 1924 across from a now
abandoned village.

Billingsley et al. (1997) can be downloaded as a PDF
file for free from:


References Cited

Billingsley, G. H., E. E. Spamer, and D. Menkes, 1997,
Quest for the Pillar of Gold: The Mines and Miners
of the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon Association,
Grnad Canyon, Arizona. 112 pp.

Huntoon, P. W., 1989, Small Meteorite Impact in the
Western Grand Canyon, Arizona. In Elston, D. P.,
Billingsley, G. H., and Young, R.A. (eds.). "Geology of
Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona (with Colorado River
guides)." 28th International Geological Congress Field
Trip Guidebook T115/315.Washington, D.C.: American
Geophysical Union, p. 228.

Best wishes,
Paul H.

For this and ALL Paul Heinrich`s interesting research related letters, see
The E-Pistles of Paul:

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24 December 2012

TX OK Fireball Meteor 23DEC2012

TX OK Fireball Meteor 00:58 CST 23DEC2012
23DEC2012 Fireball Meteor 00:58 CST
Hawley, TX Sandia Sentinel Allsky, Kevin Palivec

23DEC2012 TX OK Fireball Meteor 00:58 CST
Hawley, TX Sandia Sentinel Allsky, Kevin Palivec

23DEC2012 Fireball Meteor 00:58 CST
OKC Sandia Sentinel Allsky, James Beauchamp

Witness Reports:

23DEC2012 SHELLY BOYKIN KYLE, TX 1:00:00 5 seconds? Right to Left while driving NORTH Mostly white, some orange. NO sound brighter than the moon dont remember Larger than a usual shooting star

23DEC2012 Kelley Robert Lee, Tx. USA 1:00:00 10-15 seconds United States. I am in Robert Lee, Texas was looking toward the East . Meteor looked like it entered atmosphere then left atmosphere. From where I was it looked to be moving  from North to South Very bright flash of blue light, followed by a trail of lingering light that was still blue colored but not as bright. Not as bright as the sun but very bright, brighter than moon. did not see any fragments falling off. happened too fast to get photo

23DEC2012 R. Griffin Corpus Christi,TX USA 0058 CST 2 sec NNW, WNW,R toL, 35d up Orange-red Moon Yes Bright flash, then orange red trail

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The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 24DEC2012

Meteor Activity Outlook for December 22-28, 2012 « The Transient ...
By Carl Hergenrother
The following is a slightly edited version of Bob Lunsford's excellent weekly summary of meteor activity. The original version can be found at the American Meteor Society's site. No matter where you live, the first half of December provides some ...
The Transient Sky - Comets, Asteroids...

Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News: 2012年12月23日 4時49 ...
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Telescope Reviews: Fireball!!
The fireball seemed to have no initial meteor like appearance before the blast itself, it began as a VERY bright (could see reflection on the terrain and my ...

Reuters News Agency Reports Massive Fireball Strikes Marquesas ...
Reuters is reporting a massive fireball striking the island of Eiao, at around noon, island time. The above aerial picture was taken an hour after the alleged ...

Breathtaking Meteor Shower Video Taken against Starry Winter's Night in Nagano
If you were to ask me to go out at midnight in the middle of December and look for meteors, I would say “No way, I'm watching a Very Brady Christmas. Get out of here.” However, in the evening around December 14, while many of us were warmly tucked away ...

Meteor Strike On Christmas Eve 1965
Guardian Express
On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1965, the villagers of Barwell, in Leicester (pronounced “Less-ta”) were host to the largest meteorite to strike Britain, a 100 lb chunk of space rock that burst into pieces just prior to striking. The original chunk has ...

Dramatic Sutter's Mill meteorite proves rare scientific treasure
Los Angeles Times
The Sutter's Mill meteor shows chemical evidence of a complex formation history -- evidence that would have been wiped out by the rain, said lead author Peter Jenniskens, a meteor astronomer at the NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute in ...

Understanding Meteors
BBC News
Swinton Working Men's Club, Mexborough. Run by: Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society. An introduction to tonight's meteor shower the Quadrantids together with other meteor showers visible in our night sky. clock 19:45–22:00. Suitable for 11+ ...

Sutter's Mill Meteorite: a Californian Treasure ...
39 min
december 19 th i saw the prettiest something fall into the hills of ukiah california... it was burning ...

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Japan Meteor 23DEC2012 火球

Japan Fireball Meteor 23DEC2012
2012年12月23日 4時49分18秒 -5.8等の火球
  This event was captured by two SONOTA Corp. cameras, Okayama and Osaka, at 04:58:18 JST.

Photos and details:

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23 December 2012

NEO Close Approaches DEC2012

NEO Close Approaches DEC2012

(2012 YS1) 2012-Dec-240.02098.127 m - 60 m25.017.41

Yet More Found- UPDATE - 15DEC2012
(2012 XP134) 2012-Dec-150.00311.27.7 m - 17 m27.78.84
(2012 XL134) 2012-Dec-150.00180.77.4 m - 16 m27.810.07

Much more meteor activity ahead!
(2012 XJ112) 2012-Dec-100.00612.411 m - 24 m27.011.03
(2012 XE54) 2012-Dec-110.00150.620 m - 44 m25.713.27
(2012 XL55) 2012-Dec-110.01094.210 m - 23 m27.118.76
2009 BS5) 2012-Dec-110.02178.48.8 m - 20 m27.45.69
(2012 XB112) 2012-Dec-140.00210.83.0 m - 6.7 m29.74.43
(2012 XH112) 2012-Dec-150.00441.710 m - 23 m27.014.37
(2012 XM16) 2012-Dec-160.00803.119 m - 42 m25.712.98
(2012 XM55) 2012-Dec-230.00783.17.2 m - 16 m27.82.88
(2012 XP55) 2012-Dec-270.02349.141 m - 92 m24.114.06
Source: NASA/JPL http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/

  The approaches by NEOs thus far detected for DEC 2012 only includes ONE with an LD (Lunar Distance) of less than LD10!

 Asteroid 4179 Toutatis with a diameter of 5.4 kilometers (3.36 miles diameter - big enough!!!) will pass safely at 18LD but there may be debris from it that will increase meteor activity a few days  just prior and following its passing on 12DEC2012; CAMERAS and OBSERVERS READY! - File a sighting report on this site IF you witness a bolide, fireball or meteor; thank you!

 This list WILL certainly be updated or proven incomplete this month, December 2012. Meteor/Fireball activity for December 2012 will continue to be at an increased level. Check back as more NEOs will be found and announced.
-LunarMeteorite*Hunter, Tokyo, Japan

AU = ~150 million kilometers
1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometers
(2008 KT) 2012-Dec-010.164263.96.0 m - 14 m28.27.83
(2012 VJ46) 2012-Dec-020.095237.040 m - 90 m24.17.33
(2010 TK7) 2012-Dec-050.197476.8200 m - 450 m20.614.59
(2012 TH79) 2012-Dec-050.138453.8130 m - 290 m21.69.19
(2008 WJ60) 2012-Dec-080.163163.5160 m - 350 m21.29.11
(2011 KG4) 2012-Dec-080.153959.967 m - 150 m23.013.04
(2007 WM3) 2012-Dec-080.156160.864 m - 140 m23.19.47
(2008 YZ28) 2012-Dec-090.163763.7270 m - 590 m20.021.11
(2012 SD22) 2012-Dec-100.173967.7260 m - 580 m20.010.77
(2006 VB14) 2012-Dec-100.106541.5510 m - 1.2 km18.616.14
(2009 BS5) 2012-Dec-110.02178.48.8 m - 20 m27.45.69
4179 Toutatis 2012-Dec-120.046318.05.4 km15.311.91
(2011 OB57) 2012-Dec-140.166064.617 m - 37 m26.04.93
88213 (2001 AF2) 2012-Dec-150.181270.5510 m - 1.1 km18.621.31
(2002 XQ40) 2012-Dec-170.119946.798 m - 220 m22.214.61
(2004 YA5) 2012-Dec-170.059723.281 m - 180 m22.620.23
(2011 LT17) 2012-Dec-180.122647.7120 m - 260 m21.816.54
(1999 NW2) 2012-Dec-190.169566.062 m - 140 m23.15.31
(2012 VA5) 2012-Dec-190.110943.1120 m - 260 m21.89.35
(2012 QQ50) 2012-Dec-190.147057.2310 m - 690 m19.710.77
(2012 HK31) 2012-Dec-200.180770.322 m - 50 m25.43.86
(2004 XL14) 2012-Dec-200.196276.3150 m - 340 m21.218.32
203471 (2002 AU4) 2012-Dec-210.102339.8490 m - 1.1 km18.711.92
(2004 JO1) 2012-Dec-220.197576.9190 m - 440 m20.717.87
163899 (2003 SD220) 2012-Dec-230.153659.81.1 km - 2.5 km16.910.18
33342 (1998 WT24) 2012-Dec-230.177969.2700 m - 1.6 km17.914.85
162911 (2001 LL5) 2012-Dec-240.157161.1420 m - 940 m19.08.75
(2009 LD) 2012-Dec-240.159061.916 m - 35 m26.25.65
(2010 BB) 2012-Dec-260.055521.6270 m - 590 m20.09.53
(2000 WL63) 2012-Dec-260.177269.0330 m - 730 m19.610.35
(2011 HS60) 2012-Dec-280.177068.9130 m - 290 m21.516.39
(2012 VF37) 2012-Dec-280.038815.1170 m - 380 m21.012.76
(2003 UC20) 2012-Dec-290.065925.7600 m - 1.3 km18.28.01
Source: NASA/JPL - http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/
Subject to change!

update 23DEC2012
updated 4/12/2012 16:46 Japan Standard Time
original post 03/12/2012 16:46 Japan Standard Time

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The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 23DEC2012

Ursids Meteor Shower Peaking Tonight December 21 2012
“The Little Dipper asterism is in the constellation Ursa Minor the Lesser Bear — hence, the Ursid meteorshower. This shower has been known to produce short bursts of over 100 meteors per hour. But typically the shower is much sparser than that. It ...

California Meteorite Study Shows Sutter's Mill Space Rock Fragments Are ...
Huffington Post
"It was done very quickly," said Peter Jenniskens, a meteor researcher who suddenly found himself managing a small army of volunteers when the Sutter's Mill meteor broke up April 22. Dozens of scientists jumped to Jenniskens' aid as he searched for ...

Meteorite From California Fireball Reveals Its Secrets Yahoo News
From Yahoo! News: Barely eight months after a fireball lit up California and Nevada skies, the first scientific paper is out examining the meteorites it ...

Grains Gang Up to Bear Brunt of Missile and Meteorite Impacts (with video)
Sat, 22 Dec, 2012 01:27 PM PST
Grains Gang Up to Bear Brunt of Missile and Meteorite Impacts (with video)

Nevada Seismology Lab used quake-monitoring network to track Sutter's Millmeteorite
Sat, 22 Dec, 2012 10:44 AM PST
When the Sutter Mill's meteorite streaked across the Nevada sky in April, it made a loud boom and shook homes throughout the region. Ken Smith, associate director for the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Neva Copyright 2012 Record-Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Record-Courier Nevada Seismology Lab ...

Delhi - [ Min 9.5 °C
Sat, 22 Dec, 2012 06:08 AM PST
A mini van-sized meteorite, one of the fastest and rarest to have hit the earth, detonated this April over California's Sierra foothills, yielding a goldmine of scientific data.

New meteorite suggests that asteroid surfaces more complex than previously thought
Sat, 22 Dec, 2012 03:09 AM PST
These are some of the 77 fragments of the Sutter's Mill meteorite fall that were collected in April 2012. Credit: NASA/E. James.

Meteorite fragments found in El Dorado County a scientific gold mine
Fri, 21 Dec, 2012 04:43 PM PST
By Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee The meteorite fragments that crashed down in El Dorado County in April contain some of the best-preserved elements from the dawn of the solar system ever recovered, according to a study. The Sutter’s Mill meteorite, as it has been called, entered Earth’s atmosphere at about 8am on April 22 with [...]

Quadrantid meteor shower to reach peak on January 4
China Post
For astronomy buffs who want to greet the first meteor shower of the year, the museum suggested it would be better to head out long before midnight to avoid the interference of a rising moon. The origin of the Quadrantids remains unclear, the museum ...

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CO UT Daylight Meteor 21DEC2012

CO UT Daylight Meteor ~17:15 MST 21DEC2012

21DEC2012 Linda mossman Eagle, Co. 17:30 ish? About 7 seconds We were facing west. Object started SW sky and fell to NW horrizon. Started w red flash like fireworks then bright white as it crossed the sky Moon At the begining yes This was very cool to watch with my son. We couldn't believe it stayed in the sky as long as it did.

21DEC12 Jerry Hernandez Monticello, Utah, USA 17:19 MST 03 sec I was traveling north on hwy 191 directly over the center of windshield traveled south to the right. It was not fully dark and a very bright light streaked down and a spark of it came off the top right. Both continued down. Brighter than Venus A spark came off the top right Amazing it was bright considering it wasn't even dark yet.

21DEC2012 John Hill Nederland,CO,USA 17:17 Mountain Standard Time 3 seconds Facing West, Direction of travel South to North Bright White with no sound observed in closed car Brighter and larger than a planet no Very round, quite large, and relative slower moving than a Meteor

21DEC2012 Kathy Treanor Salem, UTAH, USA 17:15:00 5 sec S;N-E White, no sound, very bright and low Same color as moon 5 pieces fell off in trail daylight hours

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