Latest Meteorite Stories
Where did we come from? It is the question that has faced scientists, theologians and philosophers for millennia. And even in this age of technology, we have yet to stumble across the answer.
The Chelyabinsk meteorite that exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains region on Friday, February 15, has had its origins mapped by scientists.
Initial reports put last Friday’s (Feb 15) Chebarkul meteorite that exploded over Russia’s Urals region at about 10 tons. But after careful analysis, NASA released new information that puts the meteorite closer to 10,000 tons—1,000 times larger than the estimates size reported by the Russian Academy of Sciences.
With all the recent meteor events, such as last Friday’s that exploded over Russia, injuring more than a thousand people, and the possible smaller explosion over Cuba just a day later, many may be wondering if similar events have occurred in their neck of the woods anytime in the past.
The first firm details of the 15 February asteroid impact in Russia, the largest in more than a century, are becoming clear.
Astronomers say the meteor marks the start to fireball season, where there appears to be an increase in the number of bright meteors visible blazing through the night sky. Orlando,
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.
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.
As reports continue to stream in through various media outlets on injuries, damages, and the science behind such events, it seems this morning’s (February 15) meteor strike in Russia’s Ural Mountains region has left a pretty big impression far and wide.
A pair of California scientists unveiled a proposal this week for a system that could eliminate threatening asteroids or meteors, just as a meteorite explodes over Russia and an asteroid grazes past Earth within a 24-hour span.
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...
- The governor of a province or people.
More Images (59 images) »