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Comic 2133 - Ep. 28, Page 83

27th Apr 2016, 8:37 PM in Episode 28 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 27th Apr 2016, 8:37 PM edit delete
smbhax
An interesting and even potentially useful bit of space science came out of an unusual BBC headline this morning: US firefighters forced to backtrack on meteorite fire claim. Basically, US firefighters found a tiny rock at the bottom of a 6 foot-deep crater after putting out a brush fire in Maryland. The fire department then tweeted that it was a "possible meteorite" that was to blame for the fire. But astronomer Greg Redfern pointed out two problems with the firefighters' theory: a) the rock can't be called a meteorite until it has actually been confirmed as such by laboratory testing, and b) "rocks that enter the Earth's atmosphere from space partially burn up in the air but when they hit the ground they are cold."

So, contrary to what Hollywood may have taught you, meteorites are actually cool to the touch by the time they reach the ground!

Comments:

cattservant 27th Apr 2016, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Politics as usual...
smbhax 28th Apr 2016, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
: D
moizmad 28th Apr 2016, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
moizmad
It's the same as here, money rules!
smbhax 28th Apr 2016, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
$_$