NASA Lured By Heavy Metal, Plans Missions To Psyche And Beyond

When most people think of a meteorite, they imagine a lump of iron-nickel metal. And while there are plenty of those, stony meteorites peppered with fine metal flakes are far more common. Psyche, a robotic spacecraft, scheduled to launch in October 2023, will target one of these sources of those ‘heavy metal’ meteorites, when it…
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Curiosity Discovers A Hard-Boiled Meteorite On Mars / See A Super Sky Show Tonight

NASA’s Curiosity rover just happened upon a meteorite. It’s a beauty, too. While poking around the bedrock of “Somesville” in the Murray Formation on Mars last Friday (Oct. 28), Curiosity’s color camera snapped a photo that included a small, shiny metallic meteorite. It’s about 1.6 inches (4 cm) across with an ovoid shape, hence its…
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Massive “El Gancedo” Meteorite Unearthed In Argentina

Amazing what can fall out of the sky! Somewhere between 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, indigenous peoples in northern Argentina witnessed what had to be one of the most frightening apparitions of their lives. A host of massive iron meteorites plummeted to Earth and dug out craters across an area measuring 2 x 11.5 miles long (3×18.5…
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Auroras Expected Sat. Night / AZ Fireball Update

Get ready for stormy weather. Zillions of sub-microscopic electrons and protons from a solar coronal hole are expected to impact Earth’s magnetic domain beginning sometime tomorrow afternoon. Space weather forecasters are calling for moderate storm conditions through about 10 p.m. (CDT) Saturday evening followed by a return to minor storm from 10 till 1 a.m. Based…
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Massive Fireball Over Arizona

A monster fireball brighter than the full moon not only lit up central Arizona’s skies early this morning but exploded with such force, it shook the ground! Amateur astronomer Chris Schur reported that the meteor glowed at around magnitude -16, more than twice as bright as the full moon. Searing the sky high over the canyons and deserts…
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