Latest Meteorites Stories

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.

2009-04-29 10:20:00

Canadians living north and northeast of Toronto are being asked to help search for meteorite fragments from a fireball last month. In a release, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the University of Western Ontario in London said analysis of a network of sky camera footage shows a slow-moving fireball swept eastward on March 15 at 8:37 p.m.

2009-04-06 12:30:00

A massive fireball that shot over the skies of Northern Ireland on Sunday may finally be explained due to some security cameras that may have captured the event.

2009-03-31 07:00:00

Just before dawn on Oct 7, 2008, an SUV-sized asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere and exploded harmlessly over the Nubian Desert of northern Sudan.

2009-01-08 12:35:00

Two rare meteorites found in Antarctica two years ago are from a previously unknown, ancient asteroid with an outer layer or crust similar in composition to the crust of Earth's continents

2008-12-22 14:10:00

Researchers have reported discovering small fragments of meteorites that are related to others found in China, the US and Australia.

2008-11-25 13:51:19

10-ton rock responsible for fireball in Western Canada last week.

2008-06-20 00:25:00

London’s Natural History Museum has purchased a rare type of meteorite that could hold clues to the birth of our Solar System.

2008-06-19 14:35:00

Higher than expected levels of sodium found in a 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite suggest that the dust clouds from which the building blocks of the Earth and neighboring planets formed were much denser than previously supposed. The study, by scientists from the Carnegie Institution, American Museum of Natural History, and U.S. Geological Survey, is published in the June 20 issue of Science.

2008-03-20 00:05:00

Using visible and infrared data collected from telescopes on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, a team of scientists, led by the University of Maryland’s Jessica Sunshine, have identified three asteroids that appear to be among our Solar System’s oldest objects.

Latest Meteorites Reference Libraries

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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