space
Famous Meteorite That Nailed a Person Has Finally Been Sold

The only thing worse than getting struck by lightning or a large, flying bird is getting struck by a meteorite. Thankfully, the changes of this happening to you are incredibly low—according to National Geographic, there is only one confirmed case of a meteorite striking a person. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the offending space rock, called “Sylacauga,” just sold today for one hell of a price tag. Read More >>

space
Astronomers Dig Up a 30-Tonne Meteorite in Argentina

An excavating team in Argentina just pulled a rock weighing more than 30 tonnes out of the ground. But is it really the world’s second largest intact meteorite? Read More >>

wtf
The Many Times Humans Have Almost Been Killed By Meteorites

On Saturday, a luckless bus driver died in a mysterious explosion in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. His death took on added significance when local officials declared that the man was killed by a meteorite. Read More >>

space
This Fireworks Show is a 4.5 Billion-Year-Old Meteor Exploding

Back in October 2012, a meteor whizzed through our atmosphere and broke up in a dazzling display over California. One particular fragment, embedded in the roof of a house, was recovered by NASA for study. Now NASA is ready to reveal a bit more about the meteorite, which was likely formed in the same collision that made the moon 4.5 billion years ago. Read More >>

space
A New Meteorite Unknown to Science Might be the Key to Life on Earth

At a pink limestone quarry in Sweden, finding meteorite is no big deal—workers have found 101 of them in the past 20 years. But a new space rock discovery has scientists scratching their heads. The meteorite is of a class that's never before been seen, and it may hold a key to the explosion of life on Earth nearly 500 million years ago. Read More >>

sports
Some Olympic Gold Medalists Will Get Russia’s Meteorite Medal Too

Winning a Gold Medal is one of the highest achievements in sports, the beautiful round medallion rewards years of hard work and confirms an athlete's status as the very best. Russia is going to sweeten the deal a bit in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (no, they're not wrapping chocolate inside), extra medals that have pieces of the meteorite that crashed in Russia earlier this year will be given to the gold medal winners. Read More >>

space
Scientists Figured Out Where That Russian Meteor Came From

On February 15th, a meteor shook Russia as it entered the Earth's atmosphere above the Urals. Now, scientists believe they know where in the universe it came from. Read More >>

Meteorite
space
NASA Explains What Exploded Over Russia

Here is the definitive video from NASA about what happened over Russia earlier this month. It's interesting because though we had pegged the asteroid 2012 DA14 to pass us by, we didn't see the Russian meteorite coming because telescopes couldn't see it, since it flew from the direction of the Sun. So what happened? Read More >>

gadgets
The Only Woman Who Ever Got Hit By a Meteorite Survived

Imagine going about your day like the people in Russia only to be smacked against a wall by a meteorite's shockwave. That's already crazy. But imaging being in your home, napping on your couch and actually getting hit by an actual meteorite. That actually happened to Ann Hodges in 1954. She survived. Read More >>

space
What the Russian Meteorite’s Shockwave Really Felt Like on the Ground

As we get to know more and more about how powerful the meteorite that exploded over Russia really was, something still gets lost in translation. This video makes it abundantly clear how strong the blast was. The footage is collected from different locations throughout the Chelyabinsk city and shows how it really felt on the ground. The boom is pretty freakin' scary. Read More >>

space
Russian Meteorite Exploded With “30 Times the Energy Released by the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb”

Following last week's meteorite explosion, scientists have finally had chance to sit down and figure out exactly what happened — and the results help explain why it shook Russia so hard. Read More >>

space
Here Is a Map That Shows Every Meteorite That Has Hit Earth Since 2300 BC

If we somehow get lucky and don't kill ourselves first, we're probably all going to die when a gigantic meteorite slams the crap out of our blue marble. Meteorites hit Earth more than you think! Since 2300 BC, you can see all the meteorites that have pockmarked Earth. Read More >>

science
Russia’s Meteorite Explosion Was “Heard” Half-Way Around the World

A big ol' meteroite exploded over Russia last Friday, and while the shock waves that shot across the Internet were definitely strong, the ones that shot through the atmosphere were pretty impressive too. The blast was loud enough for infrasound sensors as far as half-a-world away to hear. Read More >>

factoid
What’s the Difference Between an Asteroid and a Meteor?

Yesterday, we dealt with an asteroid and a meteor. The 2012 DA14 asteroid zipped past Earth and a meteor exploded over Russia. What the heck is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor? And a meteorite? And a meteoroid? Not too much, apparently! Read More >>

gadgets
This Is the Russian Meteor Impact Site

Russian authorities claim to have found the impact sites of some of the fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteor, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. Two have been found near Chebarkul Lake—one of them pictured here. The other one is near Zlatoust, a town 80 kilometres north-west of Chelyabinsk. Read More >>