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Martian Meteorite Has Building Block Of Life
2013-06-12 11:41:42

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Martian meteorite discovered in Antarctica was found to contain some of the early building blocks of life. The Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) team discovered that this meteorite was clearly of Martian origin during its 2009-2010 field season. Contamination from the earth was ruled out and the meteorite was sent to the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI) for further study. The findings from...

2013-06-06 20:04:07

With more than 400 meteors per hour, it was one of the most intense meteor showers in the last decade Every 6.6 years, the comet Giacobini-Zinner circulates through the inner solar system and passes through the perihelion, the closest point to the Sun of its orbit. Then, the comet sublimates the ices and ejects a large number of particles that are distributed in filaments. The oldest of these particles have formed a swarm that the Earth passes trough every year in early October. The result...

Meteorites Brought Phosphorus Life To Earth
2013-06-05 12:53:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has determined that meteorites that impacted Earth some 3.5 billion years ago could have helped kick start life on this planet. Scientists at the University of Washington and the University of South Florida have found that the heavy bombardment by meteorites early in our planet´s history provided the reactive phosphorus that was essential for the...

Meteorite Fragments From The Tunguska Event
2013-05-05 06:19:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Russian scientist has reportedly found meteorite or asteroid fragments potentially linked to a mysterious explosion that took place over Siberia more than 100 years ago. The Tunguska Event, as it is called, took place in June 1908. It featured a blast that was one thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb and decimated approximately 80 million trees over an 800 square mile area, but resulted in only a single...

Meteorite Strikes Home Of Connecticut Resident
2013-04-25 14:38:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to local news reports, officials at Yale Peabody Museum confirmed that a meteorite struck a private residence in Wolcott, Connecticut last week. Police in the area received a call from local resident Larry Beck just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, who said a baseball-sized rock crashed through the ceiling in his kitchen, local CBS affiliate WFSB reported. "It sounded like a gunshot but it was a louder bang," Beck told...

Sand Grains In Meteorite May Have Come From Milky Way-Forming Supernova
2013-04-21 07:31:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two tiny grains of silica discovered in primitive meteorites may have originated from the ancient supernova responsible for the formation of the solar system, according to new research published in the May 1 edition of Astrophysical Journal Letters. The silica grains were discovered by scientists from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, and was said to be...

Meteorite Origins May Point To Mercury, Experts Still Puzzled
2013-04-06 05:57:24

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A stone originally discovered last year in Southern Morocco has been identified as a rare type of meteorite known as an achondrite, though its exact origin remains a mystery, according to experts from Washington University of St. Louis (WUSTL). The stone was one of 35 green-colored pieces discovered in early 2012. It was purchased by a dealer in the town of Erfound and then later resold to a German meteorite collector known as...

Primitive Batteries Helped Power Primordial Soup
2013-04-05 06:08:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team at the University of Leeds may have solved the question of how objects from space could have kindled life on Earth. Scientists generally accept that some of the important ingredients for life came from meteorites impacting the early Earth. However, they have not been able to explain how that inanimate rock transformed into the building blocks of life. The new study, published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta,...

NASA Scientists Find Striking Similarity Between Moon And Asteroids
2013-03-26 07:24:40

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from NASA´s Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), along with researchers from abroad, have discovered that Earth´s own natural satellite shares a striking similarity with Vesta, and perhaps other large asteroids roaming around the Solar System. The Moffett Field, California-based NLSI found that the same population of high-speed projectiles that bombarded the Moon four billion years ago, also impacted the giant...

Space Algae Claims Scoffed By Science Community
2013-03-12 10:23:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Instead of being hailed as the definitive proof of extraterrestrial life in the form of space algae, a new report from the Journal of Cosmology claiming drawing howls and catcalls from around the scientific community. The report is based on supposed meteorite fragments taken from a fireball that appeared in the evening sky over northern Sri Lanka on Dec. 29, 2012. An analysis of the fragments was performed by Chandra Wickramasinghe,...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Crater -- A crater is a circular depression on the surface of a planet, moon, asteroid, or other celestial body. Craters are typically caused by meteorite impacts, although some are caused by volcanic activity. In the center of craters on Earth a crater lake often accumulates, and in craters formed by meteorites a central island (caused by rebounding crustal rock after the impact) is usually a prominent feature in the lake. Ancient craters whose relief has disappeared leaving only a...

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