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For only 7th time, searchers find meteorite immediately after fall

For only 7th time, searchers on February 15th found a fragment of a meteorite that had only fallen to Earth three days before, and was furthermore only discovered mere hours before it entered the Earth’s atmosphere.

From the tweet of the discoverers:

FRIPON/Vigie-Ciel finds a fragment of asteroid 2023CX1 in Seine Maritime!!! The discovery was made by Loïs Leblanc, an 18-year-old student, part of the field research team.

Vigie-Ciel (“Sky Watchers”) and FRIPON are a volunteer project that searches for meteorites. The asteroid itself was discovered by Hungarian astronomer Krisztián Sárneczky while doing routine survey scan for near Earth asteroids.

The find was the second time Sárneczky has spotted an asteroid just hours before it broke apart in Earth’s atmosphere as a fireball, following an incredible find in March 2022.

By finding meteorites this quickly after arrival scientists get a more pristine sample, since the asteroid has not been exposed to the Earth’s environment for any extended length of time.

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On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

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  • BLSinSC

    I do enjoy this site since it covers areas not normally considered “big news” to the media due to the news being TRUTHFUL, but given the latest revelations of “discoveries”, one has to look at anything as being “suspect”! I’m a big fan of what I call “stupid movies” and one of my favorites is “Joe Dirt”. One segment show Joe “discovering” a meteor! He hauls it everywhere in his wagon – even eats fries off it – until one guy points out it isn’t a meteor – it’s a big ball of crap from an airlines toilet system! Did REAL scientists discover this REAL meteor or did a GOVERNMENT lackey make the “discovery”??

  • BLSinSC: In this case, this was a real meteorite, discovered by a group of volunteers who are not scientists but amateur meteorite hunters who know what they are doing. No government was actually involved in almost any way, surprising as that seems in this modern world.

    If you clicked on the links I provided before commenting, you could have found this out for yourself.

    Your skepticism is reasonable however.

  • Star Bird

    Meteor Crater Arizona still the Earths most largest and perfectly preserved Crater on Earth

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