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2010-06-03 06:05:00

Scientists recently announced that a 40-pound ancient meteorite has been discovered in north central Oregon. According to researchers studying the stone, the rock found in a ditch along a stretch of road is from outer space and traveled across millions of miles and billions of years to reach Earth. Donald Wesson and his wife Debbie picked up the cone-shaped meteorite during the fall of 1999 as they drove through Oregon's wheat country on their way home to Washington.  This is the fifth...

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2010-05-05 11:05:00

UA meteorite curator Marvin Killgore has a 300-gram piece of the object that exploded over Wisconsin in April. People in southwestern Wisconsin and northern Iowa on April 14 witnessed a sonic boom and a fireball that briefly "“ and spectacularly "“ lit up the late evening sky. It was the result of an ancient rock that ended its 4.5 billion year journey through the solar system in a ball of flames entering Earth's atmosphere. NASA officials estimated that the rock, a meteoroid some...

2010-04-20 11:29:00

CARTERSVILLE, Ga., April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A meteorite recently discovered in Georgia has a new home at Tellus Science Museum. The meteorite arrived in loud fashion on March 8, 2009 with a sound a neighbor described as a sonic boom. It then tore a hole in the roof of a home in Cartersville, Georgia, before crashing through the ceiling and ending its cosmic journey on a bedroom floor. The house was unoccupied at the time. The homeowner found the meteorite a few days later, but...

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2009-11-03 08:10:00

Dust samples collected by high-flying aircraft in the upper atmosphere have yielded an unexpectedly rich trove of relicts from the ancient cosmos, report scientists from the Carnegie Institution. The stratospheric dust includes minute grains that likely formed inside stars that lived and died long before the birth of our sun, as well as material from molecular clouds in interstellar space. This "ultra-primitive" material likely wafted into the atmosphere after the Earth passed through the...

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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...


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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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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