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Meteorite falls near Nicaraguan capital

By T.K. Randall
September 9, 2014 · Comment icon 13 comments

The meteorite is believed to have been part of a passing asteroid. Image Credit: NASA
A small space rock left a sizeable crater near Managua's international airport on Saturday night.
Residents reported hearing a loud bang and the prevalence of a strong burning smell when the meteorite, which is thought to have broken off of a large asteroid passing near to the Earth, hit the ground near the capital at the weekend.

Experts have since been called in to investigate the 40ft crater which is around 5m deep and located in a wooded area dangerously close to both the airport and an air force base.
"All the evidence that we've confirmed at the site corresponds exactly with a meteorite and not with any other type of event," said scientist Jose Millan. "We have the seismic register which coincides with the time of impact, and the typical characteristic that it produces a cone in the place of impact."

The meteorite is believed to have originated from the asteroid 2014RC which, at the size of a house, passed over New Zealand at a distance of around 25,000 miles on Sunday.

Source: BBC News | Comments (13)




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Comment icon #4 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
I blew up a lot of big holes in the ground when I was with the Army, and that doesn't look like a regular military explosive charge. It could have been something like a barrel of fertilizer bomb that someone mixed up and set off. That might make a blast hole like the pic being passed around the internet.
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
I could be well wrong, but I thought this this event was partially investigated, and that a meteor strike was considered "improbable" though by no means impossible.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
I could be well wrong, but I thought this this event was partially investigated, and that a meteor strike was considered "improbable" though by no means impossible. See my post two above yours.
Comment icon #7 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
something to do with the incident over Spain perhaps....? .
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
something to do with the incident over Spain perhaps....? Which incident over Spain? Which ever event you are referring to it seems unlikely that an incident oer Spain and crater 8.300 km away would be connected.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
Which incident over Spain? Ah, THAT incident over Spain. I now know what you were referring to. My comment still stands though, the events are unconnected. See HERE for more details.
Comment icon #10 Posted by qxcontinuum 10 years ago
So this is exactly the meteorite that has been seen over Spain on the same day....and that was mistakenly thought to be an UFO. Because early hours Sunday morning in Spain was Saturday night in Nicaragua.
Comment icon #11 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
it seems unlikely that an incident oer Spain and crater 8.300 km away would be connected. . not sure about that Waspie, look at Shoemaker-Levi 9 for example..... .
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
not sure about that Waspie, look at Shoemaker-Levi 9 for example..... Shoemaker-Levy 9 is a remarkably poor example to choose as it is in no way comparable to what was observed this weekend. It is a rather special case. Shoemaker-Levy 9 was an object which had been captured by Jupiter It had been in orbit around the planet for some time (estimated to be 20 to 30 years). The comet had been ripped to pieces by Jupiter and the long period it had been in orbit around the planet allowed the fragments to spread out along their orbital path. Despite the 21 impacts from Shoemaker-Levi being spread out... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
So this is exactly the meteorite that has been seen over Spain on the same day....and that was mistakenly thought to be an UFO. Because early hours Sunday morning in Spain was Saturday night in Nicaragua. Time of Nicaragua event 00:00 hours local Saturday night = 06:00 UTC Sunday Time of Spanish event 06:55 local time = 04:55 UTC Sunday Time of asteroid 2014 RC closest pass 18:18 UTC There is more than an hour between the Nicaragua and the Spanish events. If they were connected only one could have hit, the other would have missed by more than 67,000 miles.


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