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2009-10-18 08:10:00

When Tony Garchinski heard a loud crash just after 9 p.m. on Friday, September 25 he didn't think much of it. That is, until he awoke the next morning to find the windshield of his mom's Nissan Pathfinder with a huge crack in it. Making note of the "Ëœunusual' rocks he later found on the car's hood, Garchinski chalked the incident up to vandalism and filed a police report. It wasn't until two weeks later that his mother, Yvonne Garchinski, heard media reports that researchers from...

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2009-10-08 07:05:00

Astronomers from The University of Western Ontario have released footage of a meteor that was approximately 100 times brighter than a full moon. The meteor lit up the skies of southern Ontario two weeks ago and Western astronomers are now hoping to enlist the help of local residents in recovering one or more possible meteorites that may have crashed in the area of Grimsby, Ontario. The Physics and Astronomy Department at Western has a network of all-sky cameras in southern Ontario that scan...

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2009-09-18 07:20:00

Researchers have discovered an unusual kind of meteorite in the Western Australian desert and have uncovered where in the Solar System it came from, in a very rare finding published today in the journal Science. Meteorites are the only surviving physical record of the formation of our Solar System and by analyzing them researchers can glean valuable information about the conditions that existed when the early Solar System was being formed. However, information about where individual...

2009-08-19 15:30:40

A recent meteorite discovery on Mars and an edible classroom activity provide a scrumptious way to kick off the new school year with a meteorite lesson.Mars meteorite discoveredNASA's Opportunity Mars rover recently spotted a rock that looked as big as a large watermelon. Scientists used instruments on the rover to determine that this large rock was indeed a meteorite. In fact, it's the largest meteorite yet found on Mars. Opportunity also determined that it is an iron-nickel meteorite and...

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2009-08-11 14:20:00

Robert Elliot, who has one of U.K.'s largest private collections of space artifacts, is putting his collection up for auction. He has over 170 items that are expected to be worth over $824,000. One of the most notable pieces is part of the Hambleton meteorite that was found in Yorkshire in 2005. The Lyon and Turbull auction will take place in Edinburgh on August 18. Elliot found 12 pounds of the Hambleton meteorite beside a forest track in North Yorkshire.  This piece is expected to...

2009-08-10 15:11:00

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is investigating a metallic meteorite the size of a large watermelon that is providing researchers more details about the Red Planet's environmental history. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The rock, dubbed "Block Island," is larger than any other known meteorite on Mars. Scientists calculate it is too massive to have hit the ground without disintegrating unless Mars had a...

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2009-08-10 15:34:57

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is investigating a metallic meteorite the size of a large watermelon that is providing researchers more details about the Red Planet's environmental history. The rock, dubbed "Block Island," is larger than any other known meteorite on Mars. Scientists calculate it is too massive to have hit the ground without disintegrating unless Mars had a much thicker atmosphere than it has now when the rock fell. Atmosphere slows the descent of meteorites. Additional studies...

2009-07-11 00:36:30

Treasure hunters are searching Maryland and Pennsylvania for something they say might fetch a higher price than gold -- pieces of a meteorite. The Mason-Dixon meteorite was sighted Monday night, The Baltimore Sun reported. Some treasure seekers have traveled long distances to join the search. Steve Meteorite Man Arnold arrived Wednesday after a flight from Arkansas. This is the Super Bowl, he said. Meteorite hunters like Arnold try to figure out where the chunk of interplanetary rock might...

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2009-05-18 15:45:00

Meteorites provide valuable information about the early history of the solar system. A group of Swiss geologists have conducted systematic meteorite searches in Oman since 2001, and they recently returned from their latest hunt.Most meteorites are fragments of asteroids, some of which contain organic matter. Some meteorites preserve information on the chemical make-up of the solar system before the planets formed. Other meteorites are impact debris from the surfaces of the Moon and Mars....

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2009-05-12 14:00:00

A meteorite chunk that crashed into a suburban Chicago home in 2003 is among the items in a natural history auction by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. The 5-pound piece of meteorite, dubbed the Garza stone after Noe Garza, whose Park Forest home was struck by the rock, is believed by scientists to have originated as a 10-ton meteorite that hit the atmosphere and broke up before striking the Garza home on the evening of March 26, 2003, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. Very few meteorites...


Latest Meteorites Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Meteorite -- A meteorite is a relatively small extraterrestrial material body that reaches the Earth's surface. While in space these bodies are called meteoroids. Upon entering the atmosphere air drag and friction will cause the body to heat up, emitting light, thus forming a meteor, fireball, or shooting star. Most meteors disintegrate in the air, making impact events (Earth impacts) on the surface of Earth uncommon. About 500 baseball sized rocks a year reach the surface. Large...

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