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Stardust and Sunbreath in the Sutter's Mill Meteorite

Stardust and Sunbreath in the Sutter's Mill Meteorite

The rare meteorite that fell in the Sierra foothills this spring yielded a rich harvest of scientific data.

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Help Find the Healdsburg Tektites

Help Find the Healdsburg Tektites

Half meteorite, half Earth rock, these geological oddities may be part of a new strewnfield in the northern Bay Area.

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UFO? LGM? OMG! What is That Thing in the Sky?

UFO? LGM? OMG! What is That Thing in the Sky?

Ever seen something in the sky that was unusual, and which you couldn't explain? Here is a peek at my process of armchair evaluation of unexplained sightings.

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California's (and the World's) Oldest Rocks

California's (and the World's) Oldest Rocks

California has some pretty ancient rocks, but to experience really old rocks you don't need to look far.

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Treasure from the Sky

Treasure from the Sky

The recently authenticated fall of meteorites from Mars excites fever dreams as well as scientific fervor.

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Asteroid 2005 YU55 Scores!

Asteroid 2005 YU55 Scores!

On November 8th, at 3:28 PM PST, the asteroid "2005 YU55" will pass by the Earth at a distance of just over 200,000 miles, or about 40,000 miles within the Moon's orbit. Fortunately, the asteroid's trajectory is well known, and poses no threat to us (at this time).

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Mastodons, Mummies, and Meteorites:  Evidence of Life Out There?

Mastodons, Mummies, and Meteorites: Evidence of Life Out There?

A recent publishing of the investigation of a rare class of meteorite (the CI1 Carbonaceous Chondrite) by Dr. Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has caused another stir among scientists and the news media regarding possible origins of life on Earth and life in the Universe in general.

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Reality Rocks:  Prospecting on Mars

Reality Rocks: Prospecting on Mars

It really is an amazing time to be alive: each new report from our exploration of space reminds me of the state of our knowledge of the solar system when I was a starry-eyed child, back in the 1960s.

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Panning for Starstuff

Panning for Starstuff

40,000 metric tonnes of material fall to Earth every year. How long can this go on?

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New Evidence of Martian Life Found in Antarctica?

New Evidence of Martian Life Found in Antarctica?

On Monday, November 30th, 2009, NASA/Johnson Space Center announced that a recent study strengthens the argument that chemical and structural features in a Martian meteorite—ALH84001—may be evidence of fossilized microbial life on Mars from the distant past.

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Mars Rock Talks, Opportunity Listens

Mars Rock Talks, Opportunity Listens

Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity finds a meteorite on Mars that may shed more light on the history of Mars' atmosphere.

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Producer's Notes: Asteroid Hunters

Producer's Notes: Asteroid Hunters

On March 3rd, 2009 at 1:40PM GMT, just a mere month after we’d finished the Asteroid Hunters segment, an asteroid of up to 165 feet in diameter snuck up on us, coming within approximately 37,000 miles from a direct impact with Earth.

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The sky is falling… or is it?

The sky is falling… or is it?

Why is it that meteorites are brought to me for identification in clusters? I don't mean that people bring clusters of meteorites-but it seems I get calls and visits from possessors of unknown rock samples, hopeful that they are of extraterrestrial origin, in bursts. This time I got two inquiries in two days!

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