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Fireball Over Tennessee And Georgia
2013-09-06 12:00:45

On August 28 those residents of northern Georgia and Tennessee were treated to the spectacle of a short-lived yet massive fireball that outshined the moon.

Chelyabinsk Meteorite Had Close Encounter In Space Prior To Earth Impact
2013-08-27 06:59:32

The Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains region earlier this year was found to have either collided with another celestial body or had a close encounter with the sun prior to reaching Earth.

Earliest Known Egytpian Iron Jewelry Derived From Outer Space
2013-08-20 07:21:37

Iron jewelry discovered in an Egyptian cemetery in 1911 has been found to contain samples that derived not from Earth, but from outer space.

Early Solar System Garnet-like Mineral Named After Ian Hutcheon
2013-08-13 15:20:30

Hutcheonite, recently named after Lawrence Livermore meteorite researcher Ian Hutcheon, can be seen only with high powered scanning electron microscopes.

Martian Meteorite Age Puzzle Solved
2013-07-25 04:47:27

Occasionally, a meteorite is found on Earth with peculiar origin: Mars. Anytime a large object, such as an asteroid or comet, impacts the surface Mars chunks of rock are ejected into outer space. Over time, some of these stones will make their way to Earth, impacting the ground as meteorites.

Cosmochemists Help Solve 135-Year-Old Meteorite Mystery
2013-07-08 15:09:49

Scientists have provided a solution to a 135-year-old mystery in cosmochemistry, saying chondrules may have formed from high-pressure collisions in the early solar system.

Russian Meteor Produced A Shockwave That Traveled The Globe Twice
2013-06-28 07:07:05

The Chelyabinsk meteor that blazed a trail across the morning sky in Russia this past February left a shocking impact on not just the Ural Mountains region, but the entire world.

Dolores Hill Honored As White House Champion Of Change
2013-06-27 10:22:09

University of Arizona researcher Dolores Hill, co-lead of the OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids! program, has been recognized as one of 12 White House Champions of Change recipients.

Mars May Have Had Oxygen Atmosphere Four Billion Years Ago
2013-06-19 19:49:24

Oxford University scientists reported in the journal Nature that Mars may have had an oxygen-rich atmosphere four billion years ago.

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

A Martian meteorite discovered in Antarctica was found to contain some of the early building blocks of life.


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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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Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.