Friday, February 20, 2009

2008 TC3 Fragments Recovered!!!

According to an article appeared few hours ago on New Scientist website, a team of meteorite hunters, using data provided by NASA, has finally has found fragments of the asteroid 2008 TC3 plunged into the atmosphere above Sudan on 7 October 2008.

Here You can find some of the post appeared on this blog about 2008 TC3 story:

http://remanzacco.blogspot.com/2008/10/small-asteroid-2008-tc3-to-hit-earth.html

http://remanzacco.blogspot.com/2008/10/2008-tc3-animation.html

http://remanzacco.blogspot.com/2008/10/2008-tc3-update-impact-flash-imaged.html

http://remanzacco.blogspot.com/2008/11/2008-tc3-trail-imaged-over-northern.html

A photo of one of the fragments recovered can be seen in the slides of a presentation reported at a United Nations meeting discussing near-Earth object (NEO) impacts (slide number 19):

http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/pdf/pres/stsc2009/tech-25.pdf



http://tinyurl.com/dftr2m (courtesy of P. Jennisken - SETI Institute)

It seems that the discovery team, including well-know meteorite expert Peter Jenniskens, has already submitted a study about the find to a scientific journal, but no more information are available at present.

Sources:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16635-found-pieces-of-space-rock-once-seen-heading-for-earth.html

http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/COPUOS/stsc/2009/index.html

by Ernesto Guido

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