23 December 2012

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 ...

2012 THE Year of Meteors!

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