March 27, 2013 |
What will you be doing at 9 p.m. Wednesday night? If you were fascinated by the meteor that streaked across the Russian sky last month -- briefly outshining the sun -- then you should plan to watch "Nova" on PBS. Wednesday's episode of the excellent science documentary series is devoted to the bizarre case of what's come to be known as the Chelyabinsk meteor (named for the Siberian city it passed over). For those who need a brief refresher course, this huge space rock originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and somehow wound up orbiting the sun in a trajectory that put it on a collision course with Earth.
March 23, 2013 |
A large meteor lit up the night sky across the East Coast, leading hundreds of dazzled spectators to report sightings in more than a dozen states. The event was not unusual but was widely reported because it happened across a populated area on a Friday night, said Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environments Office. “There was a lot of people out and it got everyone's attention,” Cooke told the Los Angeles Times. The meteor was reported at about 8 p.m. EDT. It was probably the size of a boulder, about one yard across, and was bright enough to be classified as a fireball, Cooke said.
February 26, 2013 |
Colombian scientists have reconstructed the interplanetary path of a meteor that flamed across the Russian skyline this month and smashed into the countryside, leaving hundreds of people injured. The meteor, estimated to be about 45 feet across and weighing 10,000 tons, was flung toward Earth as it orbited around the sun. It wasn't a declaration of war by bugs on Klendathu after all. Apparently, it was just a matter of time before it hit, researchers concluded in a study published this week on ArXiv.org.
February 20, 2013 |
If you thought that asteroid that scorched through the Russian sky last week was something out of the ordinary, think again. An interactive map that's going viral shows the location, size, and chemical makeup of every asteroid and meteor that has slammed into the Earth since 2,300 BC. If only we had dashboard cameras back then to capture the very first one! The map was created by Javier de la Torre, a blogger in New York and cofounder of mapping company CartoDB.
February 20, 2013 |
Imagine you're driving to work one day when a blazing meteor streaks across the horizon and explodes into a fireball. You'd be pretty shocked, and might even blurt out an expletive or two, right? That's what most of us, including Jon Stewart, would assume. But apparently that's not the case in Russia, where a 10,000-ton space rock lit up the sky last week , injuring hundreds and releasing as much energy as 30 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs -- or, as the locals call it, "Friday.
February 18, 2013 |
The sky is falling! Florida residents reported seeing a flickering light falling off the state's eastern coast Sunday night, raising curiosity over whether Earth has played host to yet another meteor. Crowdsourced reports on the American Meteor Society's website generally stated the falling light happened sometime after 6:30 p.m. local time, with sightings from Cocoa, Fla., all the way down to Miami. NBC-6 in Miami showed witness video of a falling, flickering light, burning brighter and moving slower than most small shooting stars.