Monday, April 19, 2010

It Came From Outer Space and Landed in the Midwest

"Piece of Midwestern Meteor Found"
Space News, Discovery News (April 17, 2010)

"A peanut-sized, encrusted rock may be a fragment of a meteor that lit up Midwestern skies on Wednesday night.

"Scientists say an apparent fragment from a meteor that lit up Midwestern skies this week has been recovered in southwestern Wisconsin.

"The fragment weighs 0.3 pounds and is about the size of an unshelled peanut. The meteor had streaked across the sky Wednesday and was visible from southern Wisconsin and northern Iowa to central Missouri...."

A quick analysis suggests that this meteor came from the asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter. I don't expect that anything worthy of a fifties science fiction B-movie will come of this piece of rock - and any others that get found.

On the other hand, I expect that data about that rock will be filed away - and used from time to time, as scientists study the stuff that falls on us. Fairly steadily.

There's quite a bit more to the article, including a pretty good explanation for why this meteor wasn't part of the Gamma Virginids shower. Which probably means more if you're a meteor watcher or astronomer.

Cool photo, though.

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Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

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Quite well, thank you.

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I've said this before, but it bears repeating: I've got a great deal of respect for Chinese culture and history. Folks living in that part of the world have a great deal to respect in their background.

But what's been happening online doesn't live up to that heritage, in my opinion.

Chinese-language posts are a large part of the reason I established a 'no-spam' policy for this blog. Not "zero tolerance" - but that's another topic.

PokCalaway0710's comment stays, since it's vaguely related to the post, links to an actual Blogger bio, and doesn't appear to be promoting tacky sex services.

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