Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Comet Fireball & Meteorites

Space Weather News for May 24, 2011

COMET FIREBALL: Bright fireballs appear somewhere on Earth every day. Most are caused by rocky asteroids. On Friday, May 20th, however, a less common object struck. Sky watchers in the southeastern USA watched a big but fragile piece of comet break apart in Earth's atmosphere. The resulting fireball was the brightest meteor observed in nearly 3 years by NASA's all-sky network of meteor cameras. Videos and more information are featured on today's edition of

HOLD A METEORITE IN YOUR HAND: Certified authentic meteorites are now available in the Space Weather Store. Details at


Along the lines of holding a meteorite in your hand, you can do that at any of our events that PAS"s own Meteorite Man is attending. He has many different types of meteorites for you to hold, touch, feel, compare, and he has info to tell you about each one. He is worth checking out.. Mike is our Meteorite Man. Come to a PAS event and experience METEORITES! The experience is free, but the memories will last a lifetime!

Terri, Events Coordinator
Phoenix Astronomical Society