Catastrophism news

Manhattan Fireball

Keeping the Russian meteor story alive and kicking - another big fireball has been seen, along the east coast of North America - see which provides lots of links. See especially where the comments have been accumulating since I last posted on this (the subject is the trajectory of the Russian meteor).

Chelyabinsk Meteor

Already up in Wiki ... didn't take long. 13 pages on the February 15th Russian meteor, with lots of mainstream information - see The shockwave damaged around 100,000 properties in Chelyabinsk (home owners, schools, medical facilities, factories and sport facilities). These were mainly broken windows, damage to peripheries such as balconies, porches and flimsy roofing etc.

Russian Meteor ... Tom Findlay chips in

Tom Findlay has just had a book published, A Beginner's View of our Electric Universe, so he was directly asked a couple of pertinent questions by one of the correspondents on the Eric Aitchison email thread (see, it ain't all chronology and other subjects crop up). On the subject of the Russian Meteor he said its entry into the atmosphere involved a 17 second passage at around 40,000kph during which it is claimed the rock was heated by air friction alone to such a degree that it melted and disintegrated with a force greater than 30 Hiroshima bombs.

Patten and Hatch

The resonant orbit of the Russian meteor and the bigger piece of space rock prompted member William Thompson to send in some information on Patten and Hatch, well known from Marvin Luckerman's defunct journal Catastrophism and Ancient History (they wrote several articles) and books and articles on the orbit of Mars and how it may have affected Earth on several important occasions in the past. The articles in CAH can be accessed via or if you have a thick wallet, by purchasing the Catastrophism CD Rom (on sale on this web site).

Russian Meteor, is neo-catastrophism coming of age?

You'd think so when you read the piece at ... as there are a lot of people out there that have a career revolving around looking out for space rocks. Astronomers are keen on impactors but many geologists are luke-warm. Some of them don't even want to face the reality of 140 + known craters.

Russian Meteor and Late Bronze Age Destructions - update

It seems the recent Russian meteor did in fact generate seismic waves that were picked up in the US by seismographic stations. They are used to study earthquakes around the globe - see

Energy from the exploding space rock created pressure waves in the atmosphere that moved rapidly outwards - but also spread 'within' the Earth as a seismic wave. Is this vindication for Claude Schaeffer?

Meteors in the Past

More evidence for historical episodes of cosmic airbursts and rocks out of space comes from the Song of Ullikummi - see George Howard begins in defence of Marie-Agnes Courty and her work on soils dating to the collapse of the Akkadian Empire in the late 3rd millennium BC - cue for Grondine to make a connection with the Song of Ullikummi.

Russian Meteor ... in history

On March 3rd, the BBC2 Horizon programme, aired 'The Truth About Meteors' provoked by the recent Russian meteor light show on February 15th, as it exploded over the Ural Mountains with the force of 20 Hiroshima bombs. The meteor was off the radar of astronomers who had eyeballs trained on another space rock that passed between the Moon and the Earth, but way above the amosphere. Therefore, there was some surprise when this one popped out of the woodwork, and at first we were told it was just a meteor.

Phil Plait joins in the ding dong

Phil Plait at his Bad Astronomy blog brings his effortless 'astronomically correct' version of PC to the table adding a  new dimension to the Younger Dryas impact event, according to George Howard at ... and while not directly refuting The Bos it does put in doubt his claims that a comet would have a local affect. It also validates the Napier Astronomical Model, probably unintentionally.