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(Inverse)   Most meteorites that come to Earth might be from the same parent body   ( divider line
    More: Weird, Solar System, Asteroid, Comet, Mars, Meteorite, Jupiter, Planet, asteroid belt  
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377 clicks; posted to STEM » on 09 Jun 2021 at 11:18 AM (7 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2021-06-09 10:48:09 AM  
Kind of weird I see a story about meteorites. I had a dream recently where one hit Earth and I was flying through a fiery mess, with a former supervisor flying around. We yelled each other's names before I woke up.
2021-06-09 11:21:25 AM  
ur mom.
2021-06-09 11:22:12 AM  
They come from a distant planet called Gamilon.
2021-06-09 12:07:17 PM  
Tough to imagine what might be causing this. I'd guess previously smashed material that has something regularly pushing it down the gravity well.

I would hope they checked for it, but the more likely explanation is most of the source material, while coming from different sources, results in this uniform residue thanks to the processes involved in falling to Earth. The outlier event they are seeing could then be explained as from a particular source that's much more rare.
7 days ago  
"Meteorites tell us something about what type of objects threaten us in the future," Schmitz says. "What type of objects do we have to be particularly aware of."

My guess is that the vast majority of space dust is objects we don't have to be "particularly aware of." The small, regular pieces from the same place are predictable. It's the big, one-off, unpredictable bits that cause the problems. Problems like extinction events.
7 days ago  
6 days ago  
Space. Now someone get Bruce Willis in a space suit.
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