Tracking down the Florida fireball

Mar 15
On January 24th this year, a fireball zipped through the sky over Florida, U.S.A.. More than a hundred witnesses reported seeing the flare on the American Meteor Society’s website, but it took Mike Hankey, an amateur meteorite hunter, to track down the elusive space rock. Hankey, 43, pinpointed potential locations for the fireball fragments using data collected and analysed by the society. After reconstructing the trajectory of the object from eyewitness reports, Mr. Hankey then

Scientists to drill into Chicxulub crater

Mar 07
Scientists plan to drill into the Chicxulub crater just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the asteroid that is thought to have killed off the dinosaurs struck Earth. The team of scientists from the University of Texas, the National University of Mexico and the International Ocean Discovery Program will take around two months to complete drilling, which will hopefully begin in April. Experts are undertaking the task in the hope of learning how life recovered after

Bright flash seen over Scotland

Mar 02
Dashcams captured footage of a large meteor in the sky over north-east Scotland on Monday. The space rock burned up upon entering the atmosphere, emitting a big, bright flash as it did so. The light was reportedly seen as far as Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders and Newcastle at around 18:45. Witnesses described a blue, white or green light tearing through the sky, with some likening the flash to lightning. Jenni Morrison, who caught dashcam

Largest meteor since Chelyabinsk burns up over Atlantic Ocean

Feb 24
The biggest fireball since the Chelyabinsk event plunged through the atmosphere just off the Brazilian coast earlier this month, releasing energy equivalent to the detonation of 13,000 tons on TNT as it burned up. The space rock, which fell on February 6 at 13:55 GMT, apparently went unnoticed at the time as it exploded 30km above the Atlantic Ocean, 1000km off the coast of Brazil. It was only brought to people’s attention when it was