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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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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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Followup thoughts on the meteorite fossils claim

March 7, 2011 | By

On Saturday I posted about the claims of Richard Hoover, a NASA scientist who says he has found evidence of fossilized microbes in a meteorite. As soon as I saw the story (thanks to a tweet from my friend Sheril) I knew the ‘net would explode with the news, so I wrote a quick post […]

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Has life been found in a meteorite?

March 5, 2011 | By

[UPDATE (March 7, 2011): I’ve posted a followup on this news with a much more detailed analysis, and not too surprisingly the scientific consensus coming in is that the claims of alien fossils are way wrong.] Richard Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, thinks he may have found bacteria in a meteorite. […]

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Israeli meteorite turns out to be tsuris

May 9, 2010 | By

A little while back, some news agencies were buzzing over the possibility that a meteorite had fallen in Israel. After all, it was hot and smoking when it was found! … which is a clear sign that it wasn’t a meteorite. Small rocks like that slow down to a couple of hundred kph when they […]

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Man describes finding a piece of the Wisconsin meteorite

April 19, 2010 | By

A man who, along with his sons, found a piece of the meteorite from last week’s huge fireball describes it for the local news. Very cool, and his piece is really nice! Since it’s from a known fall, it’ll be worth something, too. I imagine there could be more than 100 kilos of rocks around, […]

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Wisconsin meteor update: meteorite found

April 16, 2010 | By

Apparently, the first meteorite from the fireball over Wisconsin has been found: a pair of brothers discovered a small chunk of the bright meteor that burned up over the midwest skies Wednesday night. It certainly looks like a meteorite (click to embiggen); the outer blackened fusion crust is from passing through the air, and the […]

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Breaking: Mexican meteorite impact?

February 11, 2010 | By

There have been some reports of a possible meteorite in Mexico — here is one news report translated into English. [UPDATE (16:00 Mountain Time): A new article is saying this may be a piece of space junk, specifically the remains of a Russian Cosmos 2421 satellite, re-entering. The reports of a crater may be wrong; […]

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Meteorite hits in Lorton Virginia

January 21, 2010 | By

A small meteorite, about the size of a tennis ball or so, crashed into a Lorton, Virginia doctor’s office on Monday, according to several reports including one in the Washington Post. No one was hurt, but there was some damage — not surprising, since it must have hit at a couple of hundred kilometers per […]

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Meteorite found due to skycam

November 8, 2009 | By

Out in Western Australia, in the Nullabor desert, there is an array of sky cameras designed to observe meteors as they flame their way through our atmosphere. It’s been observing the sky since 2006, and it paid off handsomely: a bright meteor observed by the skycam has led to the resulting meteorite being found. Cooool. […]

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