meteors

Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor — and Captures it on Film

by Nancy Atkinson April 3, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter It sounds like a remarkable story, almost unbelievable: Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago in Hedmark, Norway and while he didn’t realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet […]

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Experts Question Claim Tunguska Meteorite May Have Come from Mars

by Shannon Hall February 12, 2014

In 1908 a blazing white line cut across the sky before exploding a few miles above the ground with a force one thousand times stronger than the nuclear blast that leveled Hiroshima, Japan. The resulting shock wave felled trees across more than 800 square miles in the remote forests of Tunguska, Siberia. For over 100 […]

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Satellite Watches Dust from Chelyabinsk Meteor Spread Around the Northern Hemisphere

by Nancy Atkinson August 14, 2013

When a meteor weighing 10,000 metric tons exploded 22.5 km (14 miles) above Chelyabinsk, Russia on Feb. 15, 2013, the news of the event spread quickly around the world. But that’s not all that circulated around the world. The explosion also deposited hundreds of tons of dust in Earth’s stratosphere, and NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite […]

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An Early Start for Noctilucent Clouds

by Jason Major June 10, 2013

The season for noctilucent “night-shining” clouds is arriving in the northern hemisphere, when wispy, glowing tendrils of high-altitude ice crystals may be seen around the upper latitudes, shining long after the Sun has set. Found about 83 km (51 miles) up, noctilucent clouds (also called polar mesospheric clouds) are the highest cloud formations in the […]

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With Russian Meteor Fresh In Everyone’s Memory, ESA Opens An Asteroid Monitoring Center

by Elizabeth Howell May 23, 2013

It’s been about three months since that infamous meteor broke up over Chelyabinsk, Russia. In that time, there’s been a lot of conversation about how we can better protect ourselves against these space rocks with a potentially fatal (from humanity’s perspective) gravitational attraction to Earth. This week, the European Space Agency officially inaugurated a “NEO Coordination […]

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