Huge daylight fireball, massive glass damage from the Sonic Boom effect. Hit over an urban area. Look at those blown out windows! This is likely the biggest meteorite event ever in our lifetimes! Wow wow wow! Possibly Tunguska sized. Hope there are no fatalities, and that the Russians log the locations of all damage. Cell towers, power infrastructure, electronics. What caused the fires, was it electrical equipment being rattled, or radio induction bursts on wires? This must be studied to improve grid stability.
Did anyone see the meteor this morning at 6:45am?
Seen from Dallas, Austin, and Houston
I need 3 bits of data from you:
- location of where you were
- direction it travelled
- and what direction it was when it burned out (ie. N NW)
Given the wonderful meteorite fall over Texas Feb 15, 2009, I thought it would be good to have a working skycam up for the next fall. However, after building one to the specs of Cloudbait Observatory, I’m having problems seeing any stars at all. Very much a bummer. Camera works, however. All shots are taken at different time of night and different months. So the white dots you think are stars, are burned out pixels.
Why can’t I see stars? I can see the moon when it goes by, but not even bright stars…
Thursday morning NASA released some data. Bill Cooke interpreted it, and Marc Fries (pronounced ‘freeze’) applied his darkflight model on it. But there are some problems, the flight path does not corroborate with ground truth. There are several witnesses south of Lake Tawakani that see the fireball pass SOUTH of them.
On the flip side, the sonic boom witnesses described it as ‘faint’. So on Thursday, we decided to withdraw from the field to go back to Austin and try to sort out facts with models. Something does not compute and we want to know why. I predict based on the shallow angle and lessons learned in Wisconsin by fellow hunters, that the strewnfield will be very long and very low density. Perhaps 15 hours of walking per fragment found. At this point, it will be the public that finds the fragments. I also believe that the trajectory solution should be shifted over 50-100 km east.
Today was a good day, we chose to head east of Hwy 19 and get reports. We found several folks reporting hearing the sonic boom but were not outside to see it.
We then found a couple with a few hundred acres who let us search there property, he also had a vineyard and was kind enough to offer up several bottles of wine as a expedition sponsor of sorts. (Score!)
He also secured for us 1,000 acres of his neighbor’s land who had seen me on Channel 7 news in Tyler. The predicted strewnfield should traverse this property. The ground is flat and eaten down by cattle. Wonderful terrain for hunting.
Discussing the Doppler data with David Gonzales, we postulated that the meteorite event occurred between sweeps and the material was on the ground when the current image was taken. Our theory is that the return is off the dust and that it is blown south for several seconds when imaged. That throws the strewnfield northerly.
We saw a wild boar that had been captured. It wanted to bite my foot. These critters are quite smart and considered land sharks as they eat flesh and also bone.
This was Stephen’s last day in the expedition. Our gracious patron invited us into his home and offered him some homemade wine from his vineyard and a chance to trade tales from our long and colorful past. The evening was quite a blast and not for mixed company.
So far we’ve not run into the fabled black panther, aka a dark mountain lion. But is is known to visit this property and the landowner lost all his chickens to it during the winter. I did see likely lion tracks in the mud down by the swamp. As to the Z problem, we had our first sightings tonight deep in the swamp so we think we are closing in on the strewnfield. Stay posted!
So far, we’ve made the news a few times while pushing the likely location farther and farther east. Now NE of Edgewood is my best guess of the day.
If anyone has found a meteorite fragment, please call me in the field at 512 773 7811. Fragments should be midnight black with a white/grey interior and a magnet should stick to them.
New fireball today likely dropped some material. Early reports talk of explosive sonic bangs. Steve Arnold of Meteorite Men predicts 20 miles SW of Dallas. We really need Dr. Fries with Doppler data to give us better info.
The original submition is practical. They don’t know if it is volcanic or meteoritic and are submitting it to a scientific journal, not a sensationalist approach using a media outlet. So the original authors are sincere, on a first evaluation. No religious agenda is apparent, so this needs further study.
“Mount Ararat is an ancient, isolated volcano in eastern Turkey near the borders with Iran and Armenia. According to the Bible, the mountain is the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. Many an expedition has tried and failed to find the Ark’s remains.
The northern and western slopes of the mountain are closed to public so how two physicists gained access is anybody’s guess. However, today Vahe Gurzadyan from the Yerevan Physics Institute in Armenia and Sverre Aarseth from the University of Cambridge in the UK, publish an account of a remarkable discovery they made while walking in the region.
At an altitude of 2100 metre, at coordinates 39˚ 47′ 30”N, 44˚ 14′ 40”E, they found a well-preserved and previously unrecorded crater some 70 metres across. (Google Earth is of little use. The resolution of the imagery at this location is poor.) That’s a decent size for a crater that has gone unnoticed for so long (although new craters of this kind of size do turn up from time to time.)
The question of course is how this crater was formed. One possibility is that the crater is volcanic. But Gurzadyan and Aarseth raise another: that it is the result of a meteorite impact. They rule out a glacial origin on the grounds that 2100 metres is well below the glacier line.
Gurzadyan and Aarseth publish their account with the intention of attracting interest so that the crater can be properly classified.
New craters are important because they help determine how heavily the Earth has been bombarded in the past. And while small craters are far more numerous than big ones on other bodies in the Solar System, the opposite is true on Earth because small ones tend to be eroded away more quickly.
Interestingly, the crater wasn’t their only discovery during their trip. Because the region is closed, it is virtually unexplored. Gurzadyan and Aarseth say they also stumbled across the remains of a 5th or 6th century Armenian basilica that is unknown to experts.
Sounds like an adventure in the making for anybody with the time and inclination to go. (And with the necessary permits, of course.)
Ref: arxiv.org/abs/1011.3715: A Meteorite Crater On Mt. Ararat?”
Had a great time at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. Showed around the new Plainview Find to some professorial types, all agree it isn’t Plainview 1917. I’ll have to visit TCU to exhaust other local stones then send it to Irving in Washington for future work.