Geologists working in Australia have recovered a primordial meteorite that fell to Earth this past November. Using an extensive camera system and some pretty sophisticated math, the researchers recovered the 4.5-billion-year-old rock just moments before heavy rains would have washed it away.
Sixty-five million years ago, a meteorite careened 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 percent of all species on Earth. Scientists are now planning an expedition to drill into the…
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 harbored an active volcano.
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.
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?
Scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center recently figured out how to look for extraterrestrial life in tiny samples of space dust using a nanoelectrospray emitter (above, right) that charges molecules into a mass spectrometer (above, left). Previously, they needed large chunks of carbon-rich meteorites to…
This is frightening. Nature just published a study by astronomers who have reanalyzed and recalculated the estimate of asteroids that could hit Earth and it's a lot worse than we thought. Ten times worse.
A few days ago, we admired the cosmic beauty hidden inside of dull-looking meteorites. Scientists crack open these space rocks in the name of research, plenty of other meteorite enthusiasts do it for another reason—to make things out of what's inside. What sort of things? You name it.
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 15. 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…
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.
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.
On the outside meteorites look like volcanic rocks. But astronomy photographer Jeff Barton cracks them open to reveal the glittering geodes inside.
As long as you're not in the immediate landing path, meteorites are really fascinating. Over the past century, The Meteoritical Society has confirmed 606 eyewitnessed meteorite landings around the world. Designer Sebastian Sadowski maps them all out in a great interactive infographic that's tons of fun, until you…
Since 2005 BC over 35,000 meteorites are known to have hit the Earth—but just 1,107 have actually been seen falling. This visualization shows how they pockmarked our planet over time.
A paper came out
of Cardiff University
today claiming to have found algae fossils in samples of a meteorite that landed in Sri Lanka this past December. At first glance, the claims are stunning: proof that life exists throughout the universe. But sadly, also deeply flawed.
In case you've been been blissfully unaware, in just 24 hours, a 143,000 ton, obscenely expensive asteroid is going to buzz peacefully past Earth, giving us a nice little show and a new appreciation for our lives all at once. Or so they'll have us believe. But even if NASA's "scientists" are right about this one,…
Chances are you've got tons of flash drives just laying around. More than you really need. But are any of them made with real, certified meteriote? The Zana Design "Apophis" drive could fill that hole in your collection, for a price.
New research published in Nature suggests that the very same meteor that crashed into Earth 60 - 70 million years ago—the one responsible for wiping out all the dinosaurs—may also be responsible for the red color of today's tomatoes.
Start looking for some meteorites, people: a piece of Mars just discovered by meteor hunters in Morocco has been confirmed as real by NASA. Now it's selling for up to $22,500 an ounce, ten times the price of gold.