Archive for the ‘Meteors’ Category

Life on earth, with a little help from space

Ever since I read “Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind” by Richard Fortey, the question of how life on earth started has always fascinated me.

This article over at Live Science seems to suggest it’s due in part to meteorites and comets and is entitled “Comet craters: literal melting pots for life on Earth” from Trinity College Dublin. Makes sense to me.

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Green Librarian

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Meteors or fireballs

I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never heard the term fireballs as it relates to meteors. I will say however, that my youngest and I got up in the early morning hours last year to see the Perseids meteor showers. While we weren’t up long, just a couple of minutes, I think that’s the first time for me (and I’m sure for him) to see a meteor.

Anyway, apparently the northern spring is also fireball season. This is according to the article entitled “Northern spring is fireball season” over at Earthsky. You can also check out their Meteor Shower Guide for 2016. Good stuff!

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Green Librarian

So how does someone who studies the weather get the title of meteorologist?

Okay, so I guess until I find out the answer (or maybe not), I’m going to go ahead and follow up my recent post on meteors, meteorites and asteroids with this obituary that I found while digging around in those stacks of articles as well. The article is entitled “Pioneer Meteorologist Peered Into Storms” by Stephen Miller at the Wall Street Journal. Turns out that Joanne Simpson was quite the pioneer in the field of meteorology!

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Meteors, meteorites and asteroids

Okay, after talking with my daughter this weekend about meteors and asteroids and how often they happen/hit earth, did I come across these two great articles here in our St. Louis newspaper the St. Louis Post-Dispatch while at work today.

The first article dealing with what is being referred to as a cosmic coincidence in “Earth sees meteor and asteroid on the same day” by Steven Perlberg at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. There is also a video courtesy of CBS in Philadelphia.

The other article is a great educational tool to help define meteors and meteorites (something I hadn’t thought about) and is entitled “Examining meteors, meteoritesby Alan Fredman and also at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. We learn something new everyday.

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Green Librarian