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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:04 am 
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Martian meteorite anniversary reminds residents of Raleigh collection

http://www.wral.com/martian-meteorite-a ... /15811880/

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This meteorite fall is legendary among astronomers, not just because it was Egypt’s first, but also because a dog was supposedly struck and “vaporized” by one of the meteorite fragments. According to the story told by Mohammed Ali Effendi Hakim, a farmer who claims to have witnessed the event, one of those fragments “fell on a dog...leaving it like ashes in a moment.”

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Small Meteorite Punches Through Roof of House in Thailand

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronom ... iland.html

Video, in Thai, about the event. Sadly nobody captured the event as it happened.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bJzTajmsT4

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'Forbidden Symmetry' Found in 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite

http://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/ ... meteorite/

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This quasicrystal exhibits 10-fold symmetry where disks of 10-sided atomic structures are stacked in a column. The quasicrystal is made up of a unique combination of nickel, iron, and aluminum, a combination not often seen due to aluminum’s preponderance to bind with free oxygen and to block nickel and iron. The first natural quasicrystal, found within the same meteorite but a different grain, exhibited a 5-sided symmetry similar to the pattern seen on a soccer ball.

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While not a meteorite, but a meteor, there's this account from the New York Herald dated April 24th, 1922 on a meteor rattling and breaking windows in Toms River then crashing into the ocean.

Gratitude to Vic for sharing this story with me in the first place. Story's in the second column.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/ ... d-1/seq-1/

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HUGE METEOR DROPS IN OCEAN OFF JERSEY

Thousands See Brilliant Spectacle as It Sheds Off Burning Particles.

SIZZLES AS IT HITS SEA

Acrid Gaseous Odors Fill Air For Miles From Barnegat Bay District.

Thousands of persons in towns along the northern coast of New Jersey watched a huge meteor, throwing offf lumps of fire and gaseous odors, fall at 9 o'clock last night into the ocean off Sea Side Park, N.J.
As the meteor struck the ocean there was a roar, like an extraordinarily loud peal of thunder, and immediately, it seemed, the air for many miles was filled with an acrid, disagreeable odor which forced persons to put dampened handkerchiefs to their noses. For nearly an hour the odor lingered in the atmosphere.
The descent of hte meteor was observed by persons in Brown's Mills, Sea Side Park, Tom's River, Asbury Park and other towns along the Barnegat Peninsula.
The meteor was visible for a full minute. It gave off a light that could be seen for at least thirty miles. It appeared to fall with a peculiar zigzag motion and seemed to be shedding large lumps of fire, but no sparks. When it finally struck the sea the explosion which could be heard for miles, broke several windows in Toms River and Seaside Park. In Lakehurst many buildings quivered as in an earthquake, but the odor of the gases was not noticed there.
A party left Asbury Park in automobiles to try to find the spot where the meteor fell. To the inland towns and to those living in Asbury Park it seemed that the meteor fell on land, but residents of Sea Side Park said it dropped out at sea.
In the party which set out from Asbury Park were several city officials. There were many different versions of where the meteor seemed to hit. Members of the coast guards said it apparently fell to earth near Chadwick, just north of Tom's River.

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From the Morning Oregonian, dated April 25, 1922. Text is corrected because the Universe of Oregon's OCR (optical character reader) does have some artifacts.

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Huge Rolling Waves Said to Have Been Caused by Huge Projectile Landing In Water.

ASBURY PARK, N. J.. April 24. The shooting super-star, described by New Jerseyites as "bigger than the moon." which last night ended a bright but lurid" pyrotechnic career (???) with a plunge into the Atlantic, struck about five miles south of the Toms River coast guard station, it was established today. Officials of the station reported to headquarters that the meteor's demise was witnessed by a lonely beach patrol shortly after 9 o'clock last night. His attention was first drawn to it by the appearance of a bluish light in the sky. This resolved into a ball of fire, which, according to the guard, exploded like a clap of thunder and dove into the sea. A prolonged hissing followed, the witness said. Several minutes later the disturbance which had been caused in the ocean was evidenced by a succession of huge rolling waves. It was reported in the vicinity of Toms River that slight earth tremors accompanied the meteor's plunge.


And it's followed up by this oddity, same paper, same date.

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NEW YORK, April 24. It's a long, hot journey from Los Angeles, Cal., to Asbury Park, N. J., even for an ambitious little star. In fact, it's theoretically impossible, according to Professor Edmund O. Hovey, curator of the department of geology at the American Museum of History. In this fashion Professor Hovey disposed of any conjectural relationship between two celestial bodies of unusual brilliance which made their appearance last night on opposite sides of the continent. "It was probably just a coincidence," he said. "I do not believe a meteor or shooting star consumed by the heat of intense friction set up when it strikes the earth's air cushion, could last from Los Angeles to Asbury Park. "Besides, the angle of descent Is too steep. Meteors usually strike the earth within a few miles from the point directly beneath where they become visible in the heavens."

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From The New York Herald, dated April 25, 1922.

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Los Angeles, April 24. -- A meteor of unusual size and brillancy darted across the sky west of Los Angeles last night.

Observers at the Mount Wilson Observatory, about twenty miles north of here, said the meteor was fifteen or twenty times as brilliant as the planet Venus. From their perch high up on the mountainside they saw the meteor break at an apparently short distance from the earth.

The meteor was of startling appearance. The body was followed by a flaming tail of blue and green shades which spread out like a fan.

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The Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger has more extensive coverage of the Toms River meteor.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/ ... nge&page=1

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BLAZING METEOR SHOOTS OVER CITY

Houses Tremble in Jersey as Ball of Fire Explodes

GASES WERE STIFLING

A huge meteor, which passed over this city at 9 o'clock last night, struck the earth somewhere within the area bounded by Asbury Park, Brown's Mills in the Pines, and Beach Haven, N.J., at 9:05 o'clock, and exploded with a roar and shock that shoot the earth.

Window panes were broken and noxious gases were noticed. Although accounts as to the place where the meteor fell vary, searching parties are looking for it today. The coast guard station at Beach Haven reports the celestial visitor exploded in mid-air, somewhere over the resort. Other persons are just as confident the meteor fell into the ocean about twenty-five miles off the coast.

The meteor resembled, according to those who saw it, a huge ball of fire "as big as a house."

John A. Hill, proprietor of the Bayview Inn, Seaside Park, compared the light of the meteor to that of a flashlight. "I was sitting in the reception hall of the hotel," he said, "when there came a faint glow, then a flafsh that was for all the world like the glare of a flashlight when a photographer takes a picture in a room.

"See the Lightning"

"My wife exclaimed, 'See the lightning!' but I knew it was not lightning, for it was a white flash, if you can imagine such a thing. A blinding white flash, that entered the windows as though there had been a flashlight set off inside the room. Then, in about ten seconds more, came the explosion. It sounded as though there had been a terrific blast.

"This hotel just rocked as though a giant had grabbed it and was violently sharking it to and fro. The pictures were knocked crooked on the walls. When we rushed out of the house there was an odor of gas in the air, but we could see nothing more. Where the thing fell I have no idea, having been indoors at the time."

Sheriff Brown, of Toms River, declares the meteor went into the ocean just off Beach Haven.

"Moon With Tail on It"

"People of West Creek and Tuckerton, west of Beach Haven, across the bay," he said, "saw the meteor, and carefully noted its fall. At first they feared Beach Haven had been struck but later ascertained it had plunged into the ocean just off the coast. As far as I can find out the force of the explosion was heard around for fifty miles. It looked like the moon with a tail on it."

The meteor was also seen by people at Atlantic City. First reports had it that a big Government ammunition dump had exploded. The detonation was heard for miles, and telephone lines to the resort were kept busy for an hour with inquiries from the mainland.

W.R. Rose, of Melrose Park, who saw the meteor, said today, "I was just upstairs, about a quarter to 9, and was shutting the window, when I saw what looked to me like a full moon.

"It was white at first then turned to a brilliant red like ball of fire, and then disappeared on the horizon. I thought it was going to land in Trenton at first, then I saw it was further off than that. I have seen Halley's comet and several other meteors, but never anything approaching this one."

Persons in this city, Asbury Park, and neighboring towns who saw the phenomenon say it was the most beautiful sight they ever beheld. Beginning with a soft mellow glow, the light grew in a few seconds to that of a fiery football hurtling through space emitting spars the size of apples and leaving a flaring wake.

In Lakehurst many of the buildings were shaken as if by an earthquake but the gases were not noticed.

No Effect On Weather

Professor John Snyder, in charge of the department of astronomy at Central High School said:

"The meteorite that fell in New Jersey was probably a pieec of some short-period comet and was ejected from the comet's nucleus by its volcanic forces. They have absolutely no effect whatsoever on the weather and climatic conditions.

"The meteorite is known to have the same gases included in it as the comet, for this has been proved by the spectroscope. Meteorites have also their elements distrbuted similarly to our native igneous rocks; the atoms being found where they are formed and not volcanically transformed.

"There is a strong case for the cometary origin of meteorites, for most meteorites move eastwardly like the short periodic comets, and meteors in general are known to follow definite orbits some of which have been connected with those of comets.

Show No Erosive Traits

"They never show erosion, the weathering effect of water, so that we must conclude that the parent body was too small to have an atmosphere.

"The recent researches of Prof. Monroe Snyder on copper content of iron meteorites also show that the parent body was of a relatively small mass. All that is known of meteorites leads to the conclusion that they are pieces of a comet's crust, volcanically exploded as the comet shoots toward the sun."

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From The Dispatch-News of Lexington, South Carolina dated April 26, 1922.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/ ... nge&page=3

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Philadelphia, April 23. -- A meteor, described as having the appearance of a gigantic airplane on fire, was observed here and in the suburbs shortly before 9 o'clock tonight. A number of persons who reported having seen it, said it appeared to be falling due east of Philadelphia.


Over in the April 27, 1922 edition of The Bismarck Tribune:

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Editor Bismarck Tribune Bismarck N.D.

Dear Sir:

Read the article about the falling star or meteor in your paper of April 22.

A short while after I had seen the star or meteor fall last Friday night I heard what sounded like the report of a large cannon, followed by a long rumbling like that of thunder. The meteor fell in a northwestern direction and the sound of the explosion come from that direction. Have been wondering if it was the explosion of the meteor I heard.

Yours truly,

Annetta Erickson


I'm going through the April 22nd edition but haven't found anything yet.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/ ... d-1/seq-1/

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Found it!

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/ ... d-1/seq-3/

Page three, third column, under "City News"

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See Falling Star
Many People in the city rubbed their eyes last night (April 21, 1922 - CS) after seeing a red streak shooting through the sky. They began to check their story with that of others who saw the falling star or meteor about 11 o'clock and found many who agreed with them.

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Back onto meteorites...

Extraterrestrial opal discovered in Antarctic meteorite

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/ ... -meteorite

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What makes the opal discovery so intriguing is the fact that the mineraloid requires water to form. On Earth, this involves water picking up sand and silica as it runs along the surface. It then becomes trapped in cracks and, over millions of years, turns into colorful opal as water evaporates and the silica hardens. In fact, opals dug out of the Earth today may contain anywhere from 3 percent to 21 percent water by volume.

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This weird meteorite could be our first ever from the outer Solar System

http://www.sciencealert.com/this-weird- ... lar-system

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Astronomers have found evidence that the Tagish Lake meteorite, which crash-landed in Canada back in 2000, came from the Kuiper Belt - all the way in the outskirts of the Solar System, past Neptune.

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And now, a bit of fun...

Struck by Bad Luck: Meet the Woman Whose Life Was Ruined by a Cursed Meteorite

http://weekinweird.com/2016/08/21/bad-l ... meteorite/

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1885 Jamestown (North Dakota) meteor displayed all around the world

http://www.jamestownsun.com/opinion/col ... ound-world

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Reports indicated the meteor was white hot for at least a day before it could be approached or handled. When it cooled off, it was moved in front of a clothing store where it served as an attraction to customers.


Also there's other neat info on this object. See above for other references to meteors over North Dakota. Mind you, they're 37 years after this incident.

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Campo del Cielo Meteorite Field

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2016/08/ca ... field.html

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Campo Del Cielo was first discovered in 1576 by members of a Spanish exploration team, but the site was already well known among the natives, who claimed —with surprising accuracy— that the rocks had fallen from the sky. They called the place Piguem Nonralta which the Spanish translated as Campo del Cielo ("Field of Heaven"). The Spanish thought they had found an iron mine. They brought samples and made a report, but it was quickly forgotten, until 1774 when samples of the iron and documents describing the discovery were re-discovered. A series of expedition followed. The exploratory teams did not believe the stone had fallen from the sky, and assumed that it had formed by a volcanic eruption. It was only when samples were sent for analysis to the Royal Society of London, that the iron’s true origin was known.

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From the November 13, 1977 Asbury Park Press:

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Fireball Shook New Jersey in '22 LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP- A huge fireball that soared through skies over Texas and four other states last month stirred almost as much excitement as the famous meteor that crashed into the sea about five miles south of here 55 years ago. The midwestern fireball provoked hundreds of phone calls before It apparently disintegrated. ' " The celestial visitor that appeared off the Jersey coast April 23, 1922 had the same effect, disturbing residents from Asbury Park south to Atlantic City. In its report of the big event, the Asbury Park Press called the meteor "a great ball of fire, trailing an Iridescent tail like a comet." Its front page story said the object appeared at 8:50 p.m. and soon plunged into the ocean with an explosion heard over a 30-mile area. THAT LONG-AGO visitor, emitting a hissing sound, moved in an arc north to south, astounding thousands of watchers. Russell Loveland, on duty then at the Coast Guard station which was situated at the end of Great Bay boulevard, was a witness. He reported that the meteor, like a large ball of Ore, passed over the ocean at Little Egg Harbor Inlet and then disappeared into the sea. For a time, there were sensational reports of damage in Toms River, caused by the resulting explosion , and of people using handkerchiefs to protect themselves from escaping gas. The reports, of course, proved false. However, the blast shook building in Lakehurst and other communities. And a determined group of local officials set out from Toms River in search of the object they believed had fallen in Browns Mills, about 30 miles away. LAKEHURST Patrolman W.T. Mason's description of the meteor went like this: "I saw a fiery body sweeping across the heavens in a southeasterly direction. It was a purple ball of light like a skyrocket, but much bigger. It had a tail of colored Dame and seemed to be 10 to 15 miles away. It was far beyond the size and brilliance of an ordinary shooting star. ..It came straight down out of the sky In a long, falling arc." in astronomy at the Trenton State Museum, said the 1972 meteor was seen In daytime and that was most unusual. "It was very bright and had a brilliance between that of the sun and moon," he said. "Because many people were vacationing at the time, it was visible to thousands. Its estimated weight was 4,000 tons and it was about 40 miles high. Eventually, it went back into space." FILMS of the 1972 fireball are now available at the state museum. Miskowski said he has not heard of any very large fireballs being sighted in the New Jersey area in recent years. "Fireballs are visible quite often, but they are not as bright and big as the one reported in 1922," be said. A fireball is a meteor of considerable duration and brilliance. Meteors are composed of stone, iron or a mixture of both, with other metals present in small proportions. Most disintegrate before reaching earth; those large enough to make it to the ground are called meteorites. Meteors abound in space, though, and experts say an observer with use of a telescope can see an average of five to ten an hour. And on clear nights, they may be seen by the naked eye. They are usually known as shooting or falling stars. People all along the coast rushed into the streets to watch the show, unaware that at about the same time a meteor was putting on a display In the sky west of Los Angeles. Later, some observers thought one meteor had made a transcontinental trip. Not so, said Prof. Edmund 0. Hovey of the American Museum of Natural History, New York. "It was probably Just a coincidence," he told The Press. "I do not believe a meteor or shooting star consumed by the heat of intense friction set up when it strikes the earth's air cushion, could last from Los Angeles to Asbury Park. "BESIDES, the angle of descent is too steep. Meteors usually strike the earth within a few miles from the point directly beneath where they become visible in the heavens." The recent fireball that zoomed over portions of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri on Oct. 18 moved at an altitude of about 50,000 to 60,000 feet, according to an Air Force pilot who spotted it. Federal Aviation Administration officials in Fort Worth tracked it with radar and said it fell apart in the air. But not before putting on a spectacular show, however, not as sensational as the one that passed over Wyoming, Utah, Montana and parts of Canada on Aug. 10, 1972.


Relevant link: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/144110743/

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In History- Virginia Meteor Happened 11MAY1922 not 12MAY1922

https://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot. ... y1922.html

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Richmond, Va., May 12 - With a detonation that was heard forty miles away, a meteor appeared to fall to earth some distance north of Lawrenceville at about 11:15 last (night), according to reports reaching here. The phenomenon was said to have rocked the earth not unlike an earthquake, shaking houses and awakening residents of Lawrenceville. The countryside for miles around, it was said, was lighted up as bright as midday, and the meteor emitted a swishing sound as it hurled through space.
Reports reaching Norfolk said the meteor exploded with a force that shook houses and broke windows in and around that community. The flash of the meteor was plainly seen at Norfolk, 100 miles each of where it is estimated to have fallen.

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How to Collect Micrometeorites in Your Backyard

https://io9.gizmodo.com/5984951/how-to- ... r-backyard

Here's what Ron Miller says you'll need, but read for the whole technique.

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How To Find Meteorites Around Your Home

http:/www.davidreneke.com/how-to-find-meteorites-around-your-home/

David Reneke has a similar approach.

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Place a bucket under a drain spout in order to collect a good quantity of rain. Get rid of the leaves and roofing materials and then sift the remains through a bit of old window screen. What you’re after is so small that you’ll need a very strong magnet (neodymium magnet) to find them. Use this super-strong magnet to determine if any of the remaining particles contain iron. Those particles may be space dust, also known as micrometeorites.

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30 ton meteorite discovered in Argentina

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7OGZpVbI6I

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In the last hours, the Ministry of Government of the province, spread through social networks the culminating moment when the team extracted crane of by means the meteorite dubbed "Gancedo" klilos 30,800.

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Ooh, there's a Wikipedia page for it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gancedo_(meteorite)

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The discovery was made in the area known as Campo del Cielo ("The Sky-Field" or "Field of Heaven"), where approximately 4,000 years before present a shower of metallic meteorites struck.


Also interesting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campo_del_Cielo

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In 1576, the governor of a province in Northern Argentina commissioned the military to search for a huge mass of iron, which he had heard that Natives used for their weapons. The Natives claimed that the mass had fallen from the sky in a place they called Piguem Nonralta which the Spanish translated as Campo del Cielo ("Field of Heaven")

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6-Foot-Wide 'Bald' Asteroid Is Smallest Ever Studied

http://www.space.com/34868-smallest-ast ... -tc25.html

6 feet across!

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"This is the first time we have optical, infrared and radar data on such a small asteroid, which is essentially a meteoroid," Vishnu Reddy, of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, said in a statement.

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Rocks in your Head

http://dailygrail.com/Essays/2016/12/Rocks-Your-Head

Greg Taylor on strange phenomena surrounding meteor sightings. Smells, noises, electromagnetic activity, and more.

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Cosmic dust found on rooftops of Paris

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016 ... ops-paris/

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Based on the particles' size, the researchers' analysis suggests they were formed by melting during atmospheric entry at speeds of around 12 km per second. Dr Genge says this would make them the fastest moving dust particles found on Earth.


Lots more nifty data, and microphotos, at the link!

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Scientists Find A Quasicrystal From Outer Space in a Russian Meteorite

https://motherboard.vice.com/read/scien ... -meteorite

Same story I posted on June 30, probably more accessible. Maybe not. YMMV

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:01 pm 
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Never Fear, an Oceanic Asteroid Impact Wouldn’t Cause Apocalyptic Tidal Waves

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“The most significant effect of an impact into the ocean is the injection of water vapor into the stratosphere, with possible climate effects,” study leader Galen Gisler said while presenting his results at the American Geophysical Union meeting this week, Stone reports.

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PANIC Lander to Revolutionize Asteroid Research

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A cheap, simple lander meant for asteroid missions.

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