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Fiery meteorite hits Latvia

By T.K. Randall
October 26, 2009 · Comment icon 5 comments



Image Credit: NASA
An unknown object now believed to be a meteorite has impacted in a small town in Latvia, mystery endures however as at least one geologist is claiming that the 15-metre wide crater is actually a hoax.
A meteorite hurtling to Earth is thought to have left a 15-metre wide crater in Latvia. The fiery object set a field ablaze when it crashed on the outskirts of Mazsalaca, a small town in the north of the country, on Sunday afternoon.


Source: Sky News | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Bender. 13 years ago
How can you hoax a crater that well as to fool a large number of scientists?
Comment icon #2 Posted by ShadowSot 13 years ago
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/10/26/latvian-meteorite-impact-fake/#comments The Bad Astronomer's analysis of it.
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker 13 years ago
Making a fake crater would be easy. Just a desiel fuel/fertilizer bomb put about 5 meters down a large post hole could make such a crater. I did it many times in Georgia as a Combat Engineer for the US Army. The question is rather... why bother? Attention? This was figured out in just a couple hours. Probably the authorities over there will lock up whoever did it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Wreck7 13 years ago
They should have known it was fake as soon as they said something was burning in the bottom of it. Meteors quit burning at about 50,000 feet unless they are huge. Then it doesn't matter because everyone dies.
Comment icon #5 Posted by danielost 13 years ago
They should have known it was fake as soon as they said something was burning in the bottom of it. Meteors quit burning at about 50,000 feet unless they are huge. Then it doesn't matter because everyone dies. they may or may not quit burning at 50,000 feet but they stay hot enough to be seen on the ground when they hit. i say one my self hit. about the size of a marble and it cooled quickly after hitting but it was still glowing when it hit.


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