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A meteorite falling on a residential building was full of surprises

Recently, a fragment of a meteorite of unknown origin pierced the roof of a house in Costa Rica. It turned out that inside it hides valuable “gifts” from space!

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Meteorites are constantly falling to Earth. According to one study, approximately 36 to 166 meteorites with a weight exceeding 10 grams annually come to us from outer space. In most cases, these incidents do not represent any significant events, and the average person rarely pay attention to them. However, meteorites can sometimes be a serious threat. So, for example, more recently, a piece of space rock pierced the roof of a house in Costa Rica.

As a result of the investigation, it turned out that a meteorite weighing a little less than a kilogram consists of amazing and completely uncharacteristic materials for space bodies. This carbonaceous chondrite is a rare species of rock filled with water and organic compounds. Researchers from the University of Arizona say that many carbon chondrites are, in fact, clay balls in which the content of clay itself ranges from 80 to 95%. This is an important circumstance, if only because clay consists of water as well.

Another arrow-shaped fragment weighing 146.2 grams

Scientists had to arrange a real race: at the time of the opening, the drought season in Costa Rica was coming to an end, and if you do not hurry, the space treasure will simply get wet from rain moisture. Initially, the meteorite was the size of a washing machine, but it split in the air. To date, researchers have managed to collect 25 kilograms of rock, which in total is a ball the size of a ball for beach volleyball.

In addition, meteorites sometimes “adapt” too well to new conditions. “If carbon chondrite is left in the air, it will quickly lose some “extraterrestrial ”properties. This will be a problem, since in this case it will become practically unsuitable for research, ”explains Lawrence Garvey, professor at the School of Earth and Space Research.

In the past, such a meteorite has already played an important role in the development of modern science. In 1969, the Murchinson meteorite, which also consisted of carbon chondrite and also fell on the ranch of a livestock owner, turned out to be a repository of components of terrestrial DNA and RNA. Among other things, it was thanks to him that scientists discovered a new family of extraterrestrial amino acids. Such cosmic bodies are especially valuable because they contain well-preserved information about the origin of the solar system and its past.

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NASA published pictures of two giant asteroids

NASA published an amazing image of two giant asteroids traveling in the asteroid belt, both of which are larger than some of the cities in the world.

The American Space Agency shared a snapshot that tracks the movement of the large asteroids Lina and Klotho, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The Lina is about 37 miles (60 km) in diameter and has more than 2,000 days in orbit around the Sun. Klotho is slightly larger, having 50.9 miles (82 km) in diameter and has a 1596-day orbit around our main star.

NASA observed space rocks using the NEOWISE telescope. He also states on his official website:

“appearing as rows of orange dots, the brightest sets of dots belong to the asteroids of Klotho and Lina. Both rotate in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, while smaller and more distant asteroids can also be seen on this image ”

These space objects were photographed by NEOWISE as part of the Wise mission (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) asteroid hunting project. 

Cosmic stones within the asteroid belt supposedly pose almost no danger to the Earth, due to the role that Jupiter plays in the solar system. The giant planet has such a powerful gravitational attraction that it actually helps to keep the asteroid belt in place, so objects do not travel throughout the system.

If Jupiter did not use its gravitational pull on these objects in the belt, the inner planets would be constantly at risk of collisions with large asteroids.

“The presence of Jupiter actually protects Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars from repeated collisions with asteroids!”, The NASA statement said.

The probability of a major asteroid colliding with the Earth is one in 300,000 chance. However, such a prospect is possible, NASA says.

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A “Meteorite” falls in Nigeria destroying more than 100 houses and leaving a huge crater

On the morning of Saturday 28 March 2020, a large meteorite crashed in Akure (Nigeria), destroying more than 100 houses and leaving a 21-meter crater on the ground. Experts from the Awbaowo University of Obafemi (Nigeria) denied the local police who initially claimed that a bomb explosion had created the 21-meter crater.

According to Nigerian sources, the explosion destroyed the Akure-OVO road and seriously damaged dozens of houses, from 50 to 100, as well as schools and churches.

It is interesting that initially the authorities denied the meteorite’s fall and claimed that the cause for the explosion was a truck with explosives, which was transported to a neighboring state. Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said the blast was an accident.

Then the version changed and the truck was no longer just transporting explosives, but it was supposedly a terrorist act.

Now, a team of experts and scientists came to the conclusion that everything that happened was a fall of a large meteorite.

The blast that shook Akure, the state capital of Ondo, on Saturday, was caused by a giant cosmic rock, a team of experts concluded.

Led by Adepelumi Adekunle, a professor of geophysics and seismic engineering at Obafemi Avolovo University, the team said that the meteorite entered the atmosphere of our planet at a “43 degree angle”.

Adepelumi Adekunle’s report reads:

“My research team conducted a detailed analysis of the impact site. A round impact crater was discovered with a diameter of 21 m and a depth of 7.8 m, which indicates a natural phenomenon.

– It was found that water is oozing from the edges of the crater. Preliminary field studies of vibration, noise, seismicity, analysis of water, radioactivity, rocks and soil were carried out.

“Our findings suggest that the impact of the explosion covers a radius of 1 km from the vicinity of the crater.” No signs of fire or burning were found in the vicinity. “

“No signs of radioactive radiation were found within the crater and in the immediate vicinity of it. Field data indicate that a meteorite from the asteroid belt was moving at high speed from space, and fell at an angle of 43 degrees in the southwestern part of the country “

A local source said that after the incident, no one was missing and no one was killed. The most interesting thing in the report is the mention that “unusual stones and strange metal objects” were found inside the crater. So what actually fell in Nigeria – a meteorite or a UFO?

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Something strange is happening with the interstellar comet 2I / Borisov

When astronomers see something in the Universe that at first glance seems to be one of a kind, this will certainly cause great excitement and attention.

This mysterious guest from the depths of space first attracted the attention of celestial observers at the end of August 2019, when it was officially discovered sweeping through the solar system along a trajectory indicating interstellar origin.

After analyzing the object, astronomers identified it as a comet called Comet 21 / Borisov, which is the first identified comet and the second observable interstellar alien after the infamous Oumuamua, who arrived here from another star.

NASA claims that they do not know where and when the comet began to move towards our Sun. Gravity of the Sun slightly deflects its trajectory, but cannot capture it due to the shape of the orbit and its high speed of about 160,934 km / h.

Hubble showed that the comet’s heart, a loose accumulation of ice and dust particles, was probably no more than 975 meters across, about the length of nine football fields.

Now, this month, astronomers have discovered that something strange is happening by checking the object.

In the next video, nemesis maturity explains what happens to this mysterious interstellar guest.

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