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Meteorite crashes through roof of Canada woman’s home and on to bed

‘I’ve never been so scared in my life,’ says Ruth Hamilton after meteorite shower above a western Canadian regionA woman in Canada awoke in shock earlier this week when a rock crashed through the ceiling of her home and landed on her bed, narrowly missing her but spraying grit and other debris on her face, as her dog barked frantically.Police were called and the culprit was initially suspected to be a construction site nearby where work must have sent the fist-sized projectile onto the woman’s p...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Canada, Meteors, Ruth Hamilton

Solving the mystery of the boom that rocked New Hampshire on Sunday morning

On Sunday morning, residents of New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts were rocked by a massive boom that shook homes in the region and understandably freaked people the hell out. Early theories that it was a supersonic aircraft or earthquake were quickly proven wrong. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Science, News, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Meteors, Kaboom

Astronomers map asteroid’s 22m-year journey to Earth

Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system originAstronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert.It is the first time scientists have traced showering space rock to its source – in this case Vesta, one of largest bodies in the asteroid belt that circles the sun between Jupiter and Mars. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Africa, World news, Australia news, Nasa, Earth, Comets, Asteroids, Vesta, Jupiter, Meteors, Botswana, Kalahari

Asteroid’s 22m-year journey from source to Earth mapped in historic first

Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system originAstronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering meteorites across the Kalahari desert.It is the first time scientists have traced showering space rock to its source – in this case Vesta, one of largest bodies in the asteroid belt that circles the sun between Jupiter and Mars. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Africa, World news, Australia news, Nasa, Earth, Comets, Asteroids, Vesta, Jupiter, Meteors, Botswana, Kalahari

Rare meteorite chunk traced by scientists to Gloucestershire driveway

‘Dream come true’ to locate first carbonaceous chondrite seen in UK, part of fireball that caused sonic boom A lump of a rare meteorite that lit up the night sky over the UK and northern Europe last week has been recovered from a driveway in Gloucestershire.The fragment, weighing nearly 300 grams, and other pieces of the space rock were located after scientists reconstructed the flight path of the fireball that unleashed a sonic boom as it tore across the sky shortly before 10pm UK time on Sunda...
Tags: Europe, Space, UK, Science, Meteors, Gloucestershire

Meteorites from sky fireball 'may have fallen near Cheltenham'

Computer modelling suggests fragments of space debris may have landed outside Gloucestershire townThe yellow-green fireball that pierced Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday night, delighting observers from the UK to the Netherlands, is thought to have partially survived the journey in the form of meteorites, most likely landing just north of Cheltenham.Fireballs are particularly bright meteors – space matter that burns up as it enters Earth’s atmosphere. Whatever is left of it when it reaches the surfa...
Tags: Space, UK, Science, UK News, Earth, Netherlands, Meteors, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Fireballs

Scientists Find a Meteorite That Could Reshape Our Understanding of Asteroids

Scientists have released an analysis of a meteorite fragment gathered after a 2008 asteroid near-collision with Earth. They show the parent asteroid was huge, and the results suggest that special, water-holding type of asteroids can be larger and have different mineral compositions than previously thought.Read more...
Tags: Science, Scientists, Asteroids, Meteors, Dwarf Planets

How to watch the peak of the Perseid meteor shower tonight

Watch the skies! The peak of the Perseid meteor shower takes place overnight tonight! The bright quarter Moon will limit the number of shooting stars you'll see but you can still expect around 15-20 per hour depending on where you're at. The meteors are debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle burning up in Earth's atmosphere at speeds of 130,000 miles per hour. It can take more than 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness so be patient and enjoy the view. From NASA: Make plans to st...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Meteors, Perseids, Watch The Skies, Comet Swift Tuttle

Ominous Green Fireball Lights Up Skies Over Australian Outback

A greenish-blue fireball streaked across the skies over Australia last night, in an event captured by awe-struck observers on the ground.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Australia, Meteors, Fireballs

Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Struck Earth at ‘Deadliest Possible Angle,’ New Research Suggests

When the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs hit Earth, it struck at an angle that maximized its destructive potential, according to new computer simulations of the catastrophic event.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Dinosaurs, Asteroids, Meteors, Dinosaur Extinction, Chicxulub Impact

This Could Be the First Record of Someone Getting Killed by a Meteorite

A team of scientists think they’ve found the oldest evidence of a meteorite striking and killing a person, according to a new report published in the journal journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science.Read more...
Tags: Science, Turkey, Meteorites, Meteors, Planetary Defense, Meteorite Strike, Meteoritics Planetary Science Read

A Spectacular Fireball Lights Up the English Sky

Check out this incredible photo of a streaking fireball, which appeared over England last week.Read more...
Tags: Photography, England, Science, Meteorites, Meteors

Stardust older than the Earth and sun found in Australian meteorite

Granules, shed by dying stars over 5bn years ago, are oldest known solid material on EarthStardust that formed more than 5bn years ago, long before the birth of the Earth and the sun, has been discovered in a meteorite that crashed down in Australia, making it the oldest known solid material on the planet.The tiny granules of stardust, shed by ancient stars as they expired, reveal clues about how stars formed in the Milky Way. The meteorite accumulated the stardust during the billions of years i...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Australia, World news, Australia news, Earth, Meteors, Murchison Western Australia

How to (maybe) see the Leonid meteor shower before dawn on Monday

This year's episode of the grand meteor shower the Leonids will peak on Monday morning before dawn. The meteors are bits of debris dropping off the comet Tempel-Tuttle that intersects Earth's orbit every November. Unfortunately, it may be tough to see many shooting stars because activity this year will be low and the waning gibbous moon will shine brightly. Still, it's always fun and meditative to watch the skies. From EarthSky: In 2019, no matter where you are on Earth – and no matter when ...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Earth, Leonids, Meteors, Watch The Skies, Tempel Tuttle, Navicore CC

Batwoman, Failed Airlines, and Height Enhancement Scams: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been a busy week for our friends at Facebook: Amid showing a bunch of loser far-right trolls and also Louis Farrakhan the door, kicking off an unhinged Twitter spree by the president, the company announced a confusing pivot towards being a privacy-first platform while also announcing other features designed to…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Facebook, Wearables, Twitter, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Air Travel, Medicine, Labor, Environment, Cars, Social Media, Brands

Lunar Eclipse Meteorite Briefly Created a Spot on the Moon as Hot as the Sun

This past January, astronomers managed to capture the moment a space rock struck the Moon during a total lunar eclipse. Now we’re learning more about this unprecedented event, including the speed of the offending object and the intense temperatures reached during the impact. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Moon, Meteorites, Asteroids, Meteors, Lunar Impacts

Try Your Luck at Watching the Lyrid Meteor Shower Tonight

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks tonight, but actually spotting a meteor could be tough going for lots of observers.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Meteors, Look At The Moon, Meteor Showers, Look At The Stars

A Huge Asteroid Exploded Above Earth, and You Totally Missed It

The second-largest asteroid to hit Earth in the last 30 years went undetected, until now.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Earth, Asteroids, Meteors, NEOWISE, NEOCam

Meteor blast over Bering Sea was 10 times size of Hiroshima

Fireball over Kamchatka peninsula in December went largely unnoticed at the timeA meteor explosion over the Bering Sea late last year unleashed 10 times as much energy as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, scientists have revealed.The fireball tore across the sky off Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula on 18 December and released energy equivalent to 173 kilotons of TNT. It was the largest air blast since another meteor hurtled into the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, in Russia’s south-west, six ye...
Tags: Europe, Science, Russia, World news, Nasa, TNT, Meteors, Hiroshima, Chelyabinsk, Kamchatka Peninsula, Bering Sea

Michigan Man Discovers His Doorstop Actually a Meteorite Worth $100,000

A Michigan man recently learned that this 22-pound rock he used for decades as a doorstop on his farm was in fact a meteorite worth over $100,000.Read more...
Tags: Science, Meteorites, Michigan, Asteroids, Meteors, Space Rocks

The Perseid meteor shower - in pictures

The Perseid meteor shower has been spotted across Europe, the US and Canada. Darker skies have created a spectacular show. The annual meteor shower can be seen until the 24 August, but peaked 11-13 August Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Space, Science, US, World news, Canada, Meteors

Will You Be Able to See the Perseid Meteor Shower This Weekend?

One of the year’s most active meteor showers, the Perseids, will peak overnight Saturday into Sunday and Sunday into Monday, with 60 to 70 meteors per hour. But lots of Gizmodo readers live in cities. So, inspired by a friend’s tweet, I wondered—will city dwellers see the meteor shower?Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Meteor Shower, Gizmodo, Meteors, Perseids, Amateur Astronomy

Meteorite Hunters Find Remains of Last Month's Botswana Fireball

Last month, a fireball lit up the skies over Botswana just hours after scientists first spotted the space rock hurtling toward Earth. Researchers from Botswana, South Africa, Finland, and the United States have now found pieces of the meteorite.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Physics, United States, Meteorites, Asteroids, Meteors, Botswana, Astrophysics, Planetary Science, Planetary Defense, Botswana South Africa Finland

The Meteorite Hunters Who Trade in Precious Space Debris

On January 16th 2018, a bright flash lit up the sky over Michigan, accompanied by a loud boom. Caught on dash cams and home surveillance systems, the meteor briefly turned night to day as it streaked to the ground at almost 36,000 miles per hour, causing a blast wave equivalent to a minor earthquake.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Meteorites, Michigan, Meteors

This Giant Fireball Over Michigan Was Visible From Six States and Canada

The National Weather Service says that the most likely explanation for an object which sent out illumination and a sonic boom throughout southwest Michigan, five other states, and Canada on Tuesday night was the breakup of a meteor, WXYZ reported. The American Meteor Society collected at least 200 reports of the…Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, National Weather Service, Science, Canada, Meteorites, Michigan, Meteors, WXYZ, American Meteor Society, Six States

Incoming Meteors Explode From the Inside, Simulations Suggest

Tomorrow night (weather permitting), you might be able to peer up to the sky and see some of the year’s brightest meteors, the Geminids. And now, thanks to new research, you may have a better understanding of why they sometimes and make those spectacular flashes.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Physics, Explosions, Asteroids, Meteors, Chelyabinsk

Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower Peak This Weekend

The Earth is once again passing through the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, producing the Orionid meteors that peak this weekend. Go outside! Look at space!Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Earth, Meteors, Halley, Meteor Showers, Orionids

Did a Meteorite Start a Forest Fire in New Hampshire? It's Unlikely

A three-alarm forest fire in the White Mountains near Woodstock, New Hampshire was linked to reports of a meteorite strike, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Wildfires, New Hampshire, Meteorites, Meteors, Forest Fires, Boston Globe, White Mountains, Kaboom, Woodstock New Hampshire

Armageddon: scientists calculate how stars can nudge comets to strike Earth

Plotting how often stars stray into the Oort cloud allows astronomers to assess the risk of all life being wiped out by a cosmic cataclysm The collision of a giant comet with the Earth is one of the most violent and cataclysmic events that could befall our planet. It has happened in the past, but the odds of another such catastrophe have remained uncertain.Now astronomers have performed the cosmic equivalent of a risk assessment. A new paper calculates how often stars stray into the Oort cloud, ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Earth, Comets, Asteroids, Mathematics, Meteors

Perseid meteor shower seen over Greece – timelapse video

The annual Perseid meteor shower filled the sky will glowing streaks over the weekend near the archaeological site of Mesimvria outside Alexandroupoli in northern Greece. As the meteors burn up, they can appear as green, white or orange streaks across the skyPerseid meteor shower lights up the night sky – in pictures Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Space, Science, Greece, World news, Meteors, Alexandroupoli, Mesimvria

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