06 August 2015

The Latest Worldwide Meteor/Meteorite News 06AUG2015

New Study Sheds Light on Origin of Most Common Meteorites | Planetary Science Institute
Tucson, Ariz. -- For decades astronomers debated the source of the most common type of meteorites ...

Perseid meteor shower news: What it's all about and where are the best places to see it
MNR Daily
The Perseids is an annual meteor shower that occurs between July 17 and August 24 when the Eath passes the path of a comet Swift-Tuttle. Although ...

Perseids Meteor Shower 2015
Dark Sky Diary - WordPress.com
This month sees the return of the most reliable meteor shower of the year; the Perseids. And with a New Moon occuring at the same time as the peak ...

Pajama Party at Cascade Township Park for Perseid Meteor Shower
100.5 The River
When the annual Perseid Meteor Shower reached its peak over the past two years, the sky was flooded with obscuring moonlight. This year, the moon ...

Meteor Shower Pajama Party at Devonian Gardens 8/14
Raising Edmonton
Meteor Shower Pajama Party at Devonian Gardens 8/14 ... the busiest times in the sky during the annual Perseids Meteor Shower – August 14, 8pm.

Annual meteor shower easily visible in area
The State Journal-Register
Some residents in the Chatham and Southern View areas have reported seeing activity from what is typically the brightest meteorshower of the year.

Families: Watch the Perseid meteor shower Aug. 9-13
The Bellingham Herald
Although sharp-eyed skywatchers may be spotting a few meteors already, best viewing for the annual Perseid meteor shower is over the next few days ...

Perseids Meteor Shower
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Perseids Meteor Shower. Aug 13, 2015; Times: Starting: 9:00 PM. Where: Brandywine Park. 1080 N. Park Dr. Wilmington, DE 19802. Contact: ...

Meteor shower to light up skies over Bath
Bath Chronicle
A spectacular meteor shower is expected to light up the skies over Bath ... the nights of August 11 to 14 in one of the best meteorshowers this year.

Shooting stars over Thanet
Thanet Gazette
The Perseid Meteor Shower is not really falling stars but meteors, particles left over from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The peak of the shower will be ...

Perseid Meteor
Spaceweather.com Realtime Image Gallery
Perseid Meteor Taken by Marko on August 5, 2015 @ Sezana, ... Bright Perseid meteoracross the Milky Way as see above SW Slovenia last night.

Guide To Astronomical Events In August 2015
SpaceGuide To Astronomical Events In August 2015: Perseid Meteor Shower, Super Moon, New Moon (en.yibada.com). submitted 33 minutes ago by ...

Cyprus Meteor shower August 12
Cyprus Weekly
The stars fall though out August but for Cyprus the greatest time to witness the meteorshowers will be on the evening of Wednesday August 12.

2 meteor showers to dazzle skywatchers next week
Earth is now moving into the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, the parent of the Perseid meteor shower. Debris from this comet litters the comet's orbit, ...


New Study Sheds Light on Origin of Most Common Meteorites
Planetary Science Institute
Aug. 5, 2015
Tucson, Ariz. -- For decades astronomers debated the source of the most
common type of meteorites that fall on Earth called H ordinary chondrites.
A new study by researchers at the Planetary Science Institute sheds some
light on the origin of these meteorites in the main asteroid belt between
Mars and Jupiter.

"H-chondrites make up 33 percent of all the meteorites that fall on Earth,
yet their origin has been the source of debate for the last few decades.
We have now added an important piece to this puzzle that will contribute
to resolve this debate," said Juan Sanchez, an associate research scientist
at PSI who is the lead author of a paper published in The Astrophysical

H ordinary chondrites have been traditionally linked to (6) Hebe, a large
asteroid located in the inner part of the main asteroid belt. This study,
however, shows that some of these meteorites might have originated in
a more distant region of the main belt.

The team of astronomers, which included PSI researchers Vishnu Reddy and
Lucille Le Corre, studied minerals on the surface of a near-Earth asteroid
named (214869) 2007 PA8 using the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF)
on Mauna Kea, Hawaii during its close approach to Earth during November
2012. These observations showed that H ordinary chondrite meteorites came
from an asteroid similar to 2007 PA8.

2007 PA8, like all near-Earth asteroids, comes from the main asteroid
belt. However, its orbit places the origin of this object in the outer
regions of the main belt.

"The fact that a near-Earth asteroid with this orbit has a composition
similar to H-chondrites suggests that some of these meteorites might not
be related to (6) Hebe, nor originated in the inner part of the main belt,"
Sanchez said.

"Moreover, it allows us to link H-chondrites to some specific asteroid
families in the outer part of the main belt. Our study shows that the
Koronis family is the most likely source region for 2007 PA8, and possibly
the source for some of the H-chondrites that fall on Earth," he said.

The research is funded by a grant to PSI from NASA's Near Earth Object
Observations program.

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