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The Sciences

Meteorite news

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMarch 5, 2009 4:00 AM

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Two items of meteorite news... 1) Apparently, a lot of pieces from the Texas fireball have now been recovered. Geology.com has a great written account of a meteorite hunter who, along with a group of other rock hunters, found something like 100 pieces of the falling rock. There are fantastic pictures of the meteorites as well. Hurray! 2) A big bolide was seen over Finland earlier today. A news report claims a rock fell all the way down to the ground, but I don't think that's actually confirmed. Also, they say it came in at 15 meters/second, which is slower than highway speeds. I think they meant kilometers/second, but I guess the metric system confuses Europeans sometimes, too. Anyway, it's snowy there, so it's unlikely they'll find any meteorite even if it does exist.

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