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Violent Collision Created Rare Meteorite
2012-11-16 11:32:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some meteorites found on Earth contain strikingly beautiful, translucent, olive-green crystals embedded in an iron-nickel matrix. These "space gems," called pallasites, are only found in a tiny fraction of the total number of meteorites, but they have fascinated scientists since they were first identified as originating in outer space more than 200 years ago. A new study, published in the journal Science and led by John Tarduno at...

NASA Chat To Discuss Why Meteorites Matter
2012-11-07 15:43:24

NASA Meteorites are pieces of asteroids and other bodies like the moon and Mars that travel through space and fall to the earth. They are rocks that are similar in many ways to Earth rocks, but it is exciting to find a piece of another planet here on Earth. Meteorites fall to Earth all the time and are distributed over the entire planet, so you could even find one in your own backyard! Scientists believe the meteorites may hold answers to unsolved mysteries about our solar system and...

Mars Rocks Similar To Mexican Ones
2012-10-29 18:42:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A team of researchers is claiming gypsum rocks found at Cuatro Ciénegas in Mexico are similar to those NASA's Curiosity rover is sitting at on Mars. The team analyzed the bacterial communities that have survived after fire and water forged the rocks millions of years ago. "Cuatro Ciénegas is extraordinarily similar to Mars. As well as the Gale crater where Curiosity is currently located on its...

Nazi Buddha Statue Shows Inconsistencies, Most Likely Fake
2012-10-25 09:24:04

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Buddha statuette that has been steeped in mystery since first coming to light late last month, has finally had its truths uncovered. The artifact, supposedly purchased during a Nazi expedition to Tibet in the 1930s, was said to be carved from a meteorite and was likely more than a thousand years old. While reports of the discovery seem eerily similar to that of an Indian Jones thrill ride, as redOrbit´s April Flowers...

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...


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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
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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