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Ozone Tracking From The Space Station
2013-03-31 05:16:58

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA is planning to launch a new, highly-sophisticated space-based ozone sensor to help monitor the layer of atmosphere that helps protect the planet from some of the sun´s harshest UV rays, the US space agency announced on Friday. Dubbed the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III), the sensor is currently scheduled to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) sometime in 2014. According to NASA,...

Software Helps Analyze Damage Caused By Chelyabinsk Meteor
2013-03-08 18:59:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Friday, February 15, a massive meteor exploded in the sky over Russia's Ural Mountains region, injuring more than 1,500 people and at least 200 children. Now, a lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton has released the results of a simulation of the Chelyabinsk meteor using high-tech software called NEOImpactor. Professor of engineering and environment Dr. Hugh Lewis was able to use the simulation tool to...

Asteroid Passing Earth Tonight, Similar In Size To Last Month's Russian Meteor
2013-03-04 15:17:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An asteroid about the same size as the meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains last month will be making a close, but safe pass by Earth tonight. Asteroid 2013 EC will be passing by Earth about 246,000 miles away, about 20 times farther out than Asteroid 2012 DA14 that passed by February 15. The asteroid was discovered on Saturday by astronomers at the Mt. Lemmon Observatory in Arizona. Asteroid 2013 EC is between...

Spanish Team Says Russian Meteorite Originated From Apollo Asteroid Group
2013-02-26 10:01:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over Russia´s Ural Mountains region on Friday, February 15, has had its origins mapped by scientists. Initially, albeit wrongfully, some attributed the meteoric event to that of another celestial event that occurred on the same day: the close Earth flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14. After looking at amateur video footage, a group of researchers from Colombia were able to plot out the...

Meteor Explosion Over Cuba One Day After Russian Event
2013-02-18 07:56:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just one day after a spectacular meteor exploded over Russian skies, shattering windows and injuring more than a 1,200 people, Cubans were treated to a similar event, albeit on a much smaller scale. Many of Cuba´s citizens watched in wonderment as a small fireball soared across the early evening skies on Friday before exploding. Startled residents described seeing the bright light in the sky just seconds before a thunderous...

Russia Begins Clean-Up After Meteor Strike
2013-02-17 08:30:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online As volunteers moved to repair, rebuild and recover following the meteor blast that injured nearly 1,200 people in Russia on Friday morning, the event caused some to spin wild conspiracy theories about the incident and others to raise concerns about the potential for other, similar occurrences in the future. According to Reuters reporter Andrey Kuzmin, thousands of emergency workers set out Saturday in order to address the...

Massive Meteor Explodes Over Russia: Buildings Damaged, Hundreds Injured
2013-02-15 08:57:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A meteor streaked across Russia´s early morning skies on Friday before violently exploding, sending a rain of debris onto the Earth below. The flash and boom shattered windows and meteor particles left damage in its wake, injuring more than 900 people in the Ural Mountains region. Marina Mokvicheva, regional health minister in Chelyabinsk, the Russian city that had felt the brunt of the impact, told the Washington Post that...

100th Anniversary: Uncovering Range Of The Great Meteor Procession Of 1913
2013-01-24 07:12:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the anniversary of a spectacular meteor procession that lit up the night skies nearly a hundred years ago approaches, astronomers from Texas State University and the Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ) have taken the call to answer some long forgotten questions about the range of the great fireball raid of Feb. 9, 1913. On that night, oh so long ago, one of the most dazzling displays ever recorded lit up night skies...


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maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.