Captured on Tape
In 2008, the University of Western Ontario Meteor Group captured incredibly rare video footage of a meteor falling to Earth.
Associate Professor Peter Brown and Phil McCausland, a postdoctoral researcher in Planetary Science, are hoping to enlist the help of local residents in recovering one or more possible meteorites that may have crashed.
Sources: University of Western Ontario
and the Early Solar System II
They range in size from microscopic particles to masses of many tons. The geologic diversity of asteroids and other rocky bodies of the solar system are displayed in the enormous variety of textures and mineralogies observed in meteorites. The composition, chemistry, and mineralogy of primitive meteorites collectively provide evidence for a wide variety of chemical and physical processes. This book synthesizes our current understanding of the early solar system, summarizing information about processes that occurred before its formation. It will be valuable as a textbook for graduate education in planetary science and as a reference for meteoriticists and researchers in allied fields worldwide.
A Guide to Meteors and Meteorites
Written by the former director of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California, Mike Reynolds, this is an illustrated primer on meteor watching for amateur astronomers.
"Serious meteor watchers can contribute significantly to the field of meteoritics, including the recovery of meteorites," Reynolds points out. "And observations during a very active meteor shower or one producing bright fireballs are quite thrilling."
A chapter on meteor showers provides dates and locations for annual events, from the Quadrantids in early January to the Zeta Aurigids in late December. Fireballs are much less regular, but tend to be more likely from mid-April to early May in the evening sky to the southeast.
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