The pieces of Libyan desert glass that formed the basis of the study.
Libyan desert glass originated from the impact of a meteorite on the Earth’s surface.
Meteorites can get pricey, but they’re not the most expensive material.
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Some space rocks you can get for free – if you know how to identify them. Rarer materials cost more, and the asteroid sample NASA just brought back has a high price tag.
A digital composite of a meteor shower speeding towards Earth.
Meteorites are usually discovered by someone who notices an unusual rock while out walking.
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A new study of the meteorite Erg Chech 002 makes it one of the most precisely dated space objects and changes our understanding of how elements were spread around the cloud of dust that formed the Sun and planets.
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A mysterious hunk of space junk buzzed through Australian skies last night. It may have been the third stage of a Soyuz 2 rocket just launched by Russia.
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Barely a week goes by without headlines about a giant asteroid coming past Earth. Here’s what really makes an asteroid pass notable – it’s not just size.
Anybody out there?
There is a very large scientific leap from observing a fireball to claiming it as an alien spaceship.
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Temperatures plummeted across southeast Australia this week, with Canberra experiencing its lowest temperature since 2018 and the lowest for June since 1986. What’s going on?
Impact cratering, caused by meteorites colliding with planetary surfaces, is one of the most fundamental cosmic processes.
Studying impact craters can broaden our understanding of the Earth’s evolution and life, as well as its possible future.
The 2.29 billion-year-old crater in Western Australia offers clues about what massive space rock impacts meant for the early Earth.
There was little time for water from the Earth’s atmosphere to contaminate the meteorite after it fell.
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In 2021, searchers recovered a meteorite that fell over the UK just hours earlier. Scientists have now reconstructed its story.
A satellite image of Lake Bosumtwi. It filled a meteorite impact crater.
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It’s time to get more Ghanaians interested in this fascinating, important aspect of science.
From space to the outback, meteorite-tracking tools are building the knowledge we need to prepare for a future asteroid impact.
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Within hours of its landing, samples of the Winchcombe meteorite had been recovered and its origins tracked back beyond Mars to the asteroid belt.
An unusual folded shape in a meteorite prompted scientists to dive deep into a rabbit hole – discovering a potential new way to make specially shaped diamonds in the lab.
The green glow of an aurora is caused by oxygen ions in the upper atmosphere. Some meteors can glow in this way, too, but only if they are extremely fast.
Earth is moving through a bit of space where three streams of debris intersect with our orbit. These streams will give birth to the stars of this weekend’s show.
By tracking a meteorite found in Morocco back to its origin in an asteroid crater on Mars millions of years ago, scientists can learn more about how the planets formed.
This image shows meteors that skimmed the atmosphere during just one night in March this year.
When the meteor exploded into pieces above New Zealand, it produced a shock wave strong enough to be picked up by earthquake seismometers. But any fragments have likely dropped into the ocean.
Harvest Moon - October 1 2020.
Take note, future colonisers: you may be able to grow stuff in certain places on the Moon.