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Meteor Strikes San Francisco Resident's Home
2012-10-22 13:29:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The meteorite which exploded over the San Francisco Bay area last week did not only strike attention as it fired across the sky, but it also struck the home of resident Lisa Webber. The meteorite erupted through the sky last week in San Francisco and was witnessed by several residents in the area. While this was going on, Webber, unaware of the incoming meteor, said she had heard a thud on her roof but didn't think too much of it....

Everything You Need To Know About This Weekend’s Orionid Meteor Shower
2012-10-18 16:39:30

[WATCH VIDEO: A Meteor Shower From Halley's Comet] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Throughout the year Earth´s denizens are offered a number of good opportunities to witness meteor showers illuminating the night skies, with streaks of white lights racing across the upper atmosphere at lightning speed. Some of these seemingly heavenly showers, such as the late-April Lyrids, the Perseids of mid-August, and the often-spectacular Leonids, which arrive in...

Moon Formation - Evidence Backs Up Giant Impact Theory
2012-10-17 14:15:54

[ Watch the Video: What is the Moon? ] | [ Watch the Video: Planetary Demolition Derby ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are backing up a theory, claiming that the Moon was created when a planetary body the size of Mars collided with Earth. Planetary scientists found evidence that backs up the Giant Impact Theory, which was first proposed at a conference in 1975. The Giant Impact Theory says that Earth´s moon was created in an apocalyptic...

Space Rocks Sell At Auction
2012-10-15 10:14:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Sunday, auctioneers in New York put some of the most notable meteorites from modern history up for bid and watched as many of them sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chunks of Mars and the Moon were among the more than 125 space rocks that were made available during the private auction that brought in over $1 million dollars. Prospective buyers packed the auction room at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion located next to the...

NASA Team's Hunt For Battle Creek Meteorite
2012-10-13 08:15:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you ever had a solution that needed a problem?  No, I'm not saying that backwards. That's the strange predicament that Peter Willis and his team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) found themselves in recently. "My team and I came up with a new lab on a chip," said Willis, a scientist at JPL's Microdevices Lab. "It essentially miniaturizes an automated sample processing and analysis instrument that could be put aboard...

Meteorite Shows Vesta Once Had Active Dynamo
2012-10-12 15:56:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists have determined that the second-most-massive asteroid in the solar system may have once had an active dynamo. A meteorite found in Antarctica believed to be from Vesta holds clues to the asteroid once harboring a molten, swirling mass of conducting fluid generating a magnetic field, or dynamo. Scientists suspect that the composition of asteroids offer information about the diversity of planetary bodies within the...

Martian Meteorite Reveals Atmospheric Secrets
2012-10-12 04:47:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers is examining a meteorite that landed 14 months ago in the Moroccan desert for information about Mars. Traces of the Martian atmosphere were trapped in the Tissint meteorite, according to the study led by the University of Alberta. “Our team matched traces of gases found inside the Tissint meteorite with samples of Mars´ atmosphere collected in 1976 by Viking, NASA´s Mars lander...

Space Buddha Statue Carved From Meteorite
2012-09-27 04:50:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A thousand year old religious icon, a Nazi SS expedition into Tibet, and a meteorite. Sounds like the latest installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, right? You aren't far off. A small Buddhist statue, originally uncovered by a Nazi expedition to Tibet, has been analyzed by scientists and found to have been carved from a meteorite fragment. In 1938, renowned zoologist and ethnologist Ernst Schafer led an expedition into Tibet. It...

asteroid Vesta
2012-09-20 15:09:18

Watch the Video: Hydrogen Hot Spots on Vesta Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to findings reported in the journal Science, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed signs of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn did not find actual water ice at Vesta, but it did reveal signs of hydrated minerals delivered by meteorites and dust to the asteroid. "The source of the hydrogen within Vesta's surface appears to be hydrated minerals delivered by...

In Search Of Natural Quasicrystals
2012-08-10 04:32:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An expedition to far eastern Russia, a 15,000 year old meteorite, secret diaries, smugglers, gold prospectors and bears; sounds like the plot to an Indiana Jones movie, right? This is the story of two researchers looking for the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals. Who knew science could be so exciting? Writing in Reports on Progress in Physics, Paul J. Steinhardt and Luca Bindi reveal that new, naturally occurring...


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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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