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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

MooPig Mercantile Department :: "Meteorites"

It Shattered Windows and Injured Thousands
Retrieved by Pat Darnell  |  Feb 19, 2013  |  Bryan TX

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Rubles from heaven: Russians scoop up meteorite chunks for sale -   ... "They're calling it the meteorite rush.

Prices asked for purported pieces of the alien visitor range from $20 to $30,000.

Typical Ad:
“For sale: a piece of meteorite. Cures cancer, AIDS and prostate. Improves academic performance at school, “ reads one ad, which was posted under the name Yevgeny and is perhaps overreaching a bit. He is asking $10,000 for his space rock, without specifying its size."
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Russia's massive meteorite: By the numbers ... the big space rock that crashed into the Ural Mountains last week was the largest in a century, and worth more than its weight in gold ...

55 -- Diameter of the meteorite, in feet, according to NASA

10,000 -- Weight of the meteorite, in tons

500 -- Amount of energy, in kilotons, put out by the meteor as it neared Earth — 30 times the energy of the atomic bomb that struck Hiroshima

40,000 -- Estimated speed of Friday's meteor, in miles per hour, before crashing, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos

567 -- Typical cruising speed of a Boeing 747, in miles per hour

25 -- Diameter, in feet, of a hole in frozen Lake Chebarkul, believed to be where a large chunk crashed through the ice

53 -- "Small, stony, black objects," confirmed as meteorite fragments, that scientists have recovered so far from around Lake Chebarkul

$2,220 -- Price per gram of recovered fragments of the meteorite — 40 times the price of gold — according to Dmitry Kachkalin, a member of the Russian Society of Amateur Meteorite Lovers

5,000 -- Rough estimate of known meteors 100 feet in diameter or bigger that could hit Earth,

... according to NASA Sources: Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN, Guardian, Reuters, Space dot com, Wall Street Journal, Wired

" ... The best bet, Ford [Mark Ford, a longtime collector who is chairman of the British and Irish Meteorite Society] says, is to buy from a dealer who is a member of the International Meteorite Collectors Association, a self-policing group of dealers. Ordinarily, after a major meteorite fall, “the dealers are on the next plane,” he says. “But this being Russia, it’s a bit more difficult. They have to get visas, and there are some security issues because Chelyabinsk is a nuclear city.” (Carol Matlack on February 19, 2013. LINK) ... "


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