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Best Videos From Meteor Strike in Russia

Friday’s meteor strike over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia allowed dashboard cams and people with hand-held cameras to capture some fascinating moments. Here are some of the best ones. The above video captures the sounds of glass breaking and car alarms set off by the meteor’s shock wave. (News Article: Meteorite Fragments Injure a Thousand…

Meteorite Boom Injures a Thousand in Russia

Shockwaves from a meteor caused damage to buildings in central Russia, hurting at least a thousand people on Friday, according to news reports. More than 200 children were among those injured in the Chelyabinsk region, Russia’s Interior Ministry told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. “Verified information indicates that this was one meteorite which burned…

The Claim: NASA Scientist Finds Alien Fossils in Meteorites

The Journal of Cosmology is at it again. Hot on the heels of their recent issue supporting a one-way human mission to Mars, the journal has published a paper by a NASA researcher who says he’s found evidence of bacteria-esque microfossils in meteorites recovered from France and Tanzania. A long, winding filament inside the Orgueil…

Exploding Clays Drive Geminids Sky Show?

Often in science, things get presented as facts, rules, and definitive statements. But part of the joy of science is that “facts” can be in flux, and rules are made to be broken. The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks each year in December, is one such rule-breaker. Unlike every other known meteor shower, the Geminids…

Megameteorite Mystery

National Geographic staffer Fabio Amador shared some news about one of our National Geographic Society/Waitt grantees, Rogelio Acevedo, a geologist from the Centro Austral de Investiggaciones Cientificas in Argentina. In a remote region of Patagonia, enormous craters measuring up to 500 meters wide and 50 meters in depth could be evidence to a bombardment of…