Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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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El Gancedo unearthed! Credit: Ministerio de Gobierno, Justicia y Relación con la Comunidad

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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View to the east showing lots of active rays or pillars. My wide-angle lens was only wide enough to cover 1/3 of the display at a time. Credit: Bob King

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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Did A Meteorite Kill A Bus Driver In India?

Meteorite or …? On Saturday, Feb. 6th, a meteorite reportedly struck a bus driver on the campus of the Bharathidasan Engineering College in southern India. Three students were also injured and several windows were shattered in some kind of explosion. Online videos and stills show a small crater left by the impact. If true, this would be the first…
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