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Update: meteorite from California fireball recovered

October 22, 2012 | By

[Update to the update (Oct 25): Apparently, the rock found is not actually a meteorite. These things can be tricky to identify, and the first conclusion was mistaken. Bummer.] [Update to the update to the update; that is, update 3: (Oct 26): OK, see if you can follow along, since I barely can. A rock […]

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Bright fireball lights up northern California

October 18, 2012 | By

On Wednesday evening, October 17, around 19:45 local time, a bright meteor blazed across the sky of northern California. Some reports say it was as bright as the full Moon, and there were reports of loud booming noises as well! Wes Jones of Belmont got this spectacular shot using a fish-eye camera (posted on the […]

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Q&BA: How do we know some meteorites come from Mars?

October 2, 2012 | By

This Q&BA video’s a bit longer than usual, but what the heck. It’s a fun topic! First: every now again when I have time I do an interactive live video chat on Google+ where people can ask me questions about space and astronomy. I call it Q&BA, and it’s always fun to hear what questions […]

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SpaceFest IV interview

September 29, 2012 | By

In May I attended SpaceFest IV, a gathering of space enthusiasts, astronauts (who, I suppose, are legit space enthusiasts), astronomers, and more. It’s a lot of fun, and great to see old friends and meet new science geeks. I missed last year’s, unfortunately, but was happy to be able to go this year again. While […]

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VERY bright and spectacular meteor seen over northern UK!

September 21, 2012 | By

Twitter just exploded with reports, pictures, and videos of an extremely bright fireball moving over the northern part of the UK at around 22:00 UTC. I’ve seen tweets from folks in Ireland, Manchester, and more. It was traveling east-to-west, and broke up into many pieces as it fell. No reports of it hitting the ground […]

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When will we find life in space?

August 23, 2012 | By

[The article below was originally posted on the BBC Future blog, and was titled "Will we ever… find life elsewhere in the universe?" I'm reposting it here because, oddly, the BBC page is only readable for people outside the UK! It has to do with the BBC rights and all that. But they gave me […]

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Perseid meteors peak over the next few nights

August 11, 2012 | By

The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks over the next night or two, so this is the best time to go out and look. I have a guide on how to observe the shower and a couple of links, too, but first indulge me a moment to talk about meteor showers. The Earth orbits the Sun, […]

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An unreal Mars skyline

August 10, 2012 | By

Well folks, it’s been a while, so it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned BA debunking. This morning I got an email from BABloggee Joshua Frost as well as a note on Twitter from scifi author Diane Duane telling me about a picture making the rounds on teh interwebz, purporting to be taken from Mars. […]

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Video of the daylight California fireball

May 31, 2012 | By

On April 22, 2012, a chunk of asteroid one or two meters across burned up in Earth’s atmosphere. It came in over California and was seen by a lot of people, despite it occurring at about 8:00 a.m. local time and in broad daylight. I just became aware that some footage was taken of the […]

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Another tiny rock will pass Earth tomorrow

May 28, 2012 | By

[tl;dr: A small 5-10 meter asteroid will pass us tomorrow; it poses no danger to us.] [UPDATE (May 29, 16:30 UTC): The JPL website for this asteroid has been updated - the rock passed us at the predicted distance of about 14,500 km from the Earth's surface. The new numbers use 50 observations of the […]

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