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Diamonds Found Packed Inside Rare Meteorite Are Evidence of a Destroyed Planet

Back in 2008, an 80-tonne meteor exploded over the Nubian Desert of Sudan, showering the region with hundreds of tiny rocks. New research suggests the diamonds packed inside these meteorites could have only formed within a planetary body the size of Mercury or Mars—a planet that no longer exists. Read More >>

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The Meteorite Hunters Who Trade in Precious Space Debris

On 16th January 2018, a bright flash lit up the sky over Michigan, accompanied by a loud boom. Caught on dash cams and home surveillance systems, the meteor briefly turned night to day as it streaked to the ground at almost 36,000 miles per hour, causing a blast wave equivalent to a minor earthquake. Read More >>

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This Giant Fireball Over Michigan Was Visible From Six States and Canada

The National Weather Service has said that the most likely explanation for an object which sent out illumination and a sonic boom throughout southwest Michigan, five other states, and Canada on Tuesday night was the break up of a meteor, WXYZ reported. The American Meteor Society collected at least 200 reports of the incident, which for around a second was so bright it lit parts of the Detroit region like it was daytime. Read More >>

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Why 466-Million-Year-Old Meteorites Are Still Raining Down on Earth

When the solar system was in its rebellious stage about 466 million years ago, two massive asteroids collided in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, sending tiny pieces of shrapnel flying all over the solar system. After examining bits of crystals that fell to Earth just before the collision, an international team of scientists has learned that space rocks that only enter our atmosphere rarely now were much more prevalent back in the day. And stuff from that big breakup is still raining down on us. Read More >>

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Curiosity Just Found a Freaky Metal Meteorite on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover is currently climbing the slopes of Mount Sharp as it ventures to its next exploration site. Earlier this week, the rover stumbled upon a tiny metallic meteorite, which features some rather peculiar features. Read More >>

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This Opal-Studded Meteorite Offers Clues About the Origins of Life on Earth

Opals are beautiful gemstones, supposed harbingers of bad luck, and perhaps the only thing to come out of Australia that won’t kill you. According to new research from a team of British researchers, however, they’re also adding some sweet bling to a meteorite recently found in Antarctica. Beyond looking cool, the opal-studded meteorite also offers new clues about the origins of life on Earth. Read More >>

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Geologists Found a Rock That’s ‘Older Than Earth’ in the Australian Outback

Geologists working in Australia have recovered a primordial meteoritethat fell to Earth in November. Using an extensive camera system and some pretty sophisticated maths, the researchers recovered the 4.5-million-year-old rock just moments before heavy rains would have washed it away. The meteorite, which fell to Earth on November 27, 2015, was witnessed by a number of locals in the William Creek and Marree areas. Read More >>

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The Plan to Drill Into the Crater From the Dinosaur-Killing Meteorite 

Sixty-five million years ago, a meteorite crashed into Earth, leaving a huge crater on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The impact is likely responsible for killing off the most of the dinosaurs, along with 75 per cent of all species on Earth. Scientists are now planning an expedition to drill into the middle of the crater. Read More >>

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An Asteroid With Active Volcanoes Once Wandered the Early Universe

Back in 2008, astronomers detected an asteroid heading straight toward Earth. For the first time ever, they tracked the rock as it veered towards our planet and exploded over the Nubian desert. Now, pieces of the recovered meteorite are beginning to reveal its secrets—like how it once harboured an active volcano. Read More >>

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Why Earth’s Most Abundant Mineral Only Just Got its Name

It sounds weird, but the most abundant mineral on Earth finally got a name last week, thanks to a century-old meteorite. What? How? Why did it take so long? There were a whole confluence of reasons it took bridgmanite so long to get its name. Read More >>

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Holy Cow, Another Crazy Meteorite Caught on Russian Dashcam

Last night, yet another eye-searing blue meteor screamed across the dark Russian sky. Lucky for us, Russia is the land of dashcams, meaning that yet again, we get a driver's seat view of the phenomenon. How do you say "wow" in Russian?* Read More >>

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30 Starry Wonders Hiding Inside of Dull Meteorites

A few weeks ago, Russian divers extracted a 1,250-pound chunk of the infamous Chelyabinsk meteorite from a lake where it landed on February 15th. The massive space stone ended up cracking into three pieces—and though scientists may have cursed the clumsy divers, I was interested in something else: What was inside the rock? Read More >>

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Scientists Discover Unique Ingredients of Life in Meteorite Fragments

It's rare for meteorites falling to Earth to remain intact—only five to ten make it each year—but the ones that do could contain the secrets of the universe or, even better, clues about the origins of life. And it looks like the meteorite that lit up the California sky last year did just that. Read More >>

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Archaeologists Just Realised 5,000 Year Old Egyptian Beads Are From Space

Over a hundred years ago, archaeologists dug up these nine blackened, corroded lumps of stone from a pre dynastic Egyptian cemetery. But it wasn't until now that we realized just how old they are, and that they came from outer space. Read More >>

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The Insides of Meteorites Are Nature’s Stained Glass

On the outside, meteorites look like volcanic rocks. But astronomy photographer Jeff Barton cracks them open to reveal the glittering geodes inside. Read More >>