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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.

Comets and Asteroids

George Howard is on best behaviour at ... as he provides a link to the full pdf of a very expensive book to buy on Amazon. Go to link above and click on Han Rickman and you will get a list of publications - the pdf is three or so short of the top. The book is by Peter Bobrowsky and Han Rickman, Comet/Asteroid Impact and Human Society, and a must to add to your computer saving library.

Some interesting web sites you may have missed

Catastrophism ... (Philip Burns)

Cosmopier ... .. which has some interesting ideas on End of Pleistocene and environmental change ... Ian Tresman's site. Lots to interest all and a high spec CD to boot (also available from the SIS Book Service)

Impact Earth ... (Pierazzo and Collins)

Cosmochemistry ... (space science)

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The Bos is Bunched

Two posts at Cosmic Tusk turn the Bos paper upside down - basically it argues against a 2007 paper by Firestone et al but ignores several papers between then and now, reflecting five years more research on the Younger Dryas boundary event. It is now looking very likely that something big did indeed happen around that time and it had a cosmic dimension - see and

More on Russian meteor and some filling in the cake

At ... and again at ... we have further on the Russian meteor. Phys Org are making a meal of it today and we learn that NASA say they have detected 9500 celestial objects of various sizes that have a trajectory that cross the path of the Earth - but they also think the real numbers are ten times this (90,000 or so).

That Space Rock

The space rock 2012DA14 has passed by without anything out of the ordinary happening -safe to look out of the window. However, it wasn't for the Russian population of a town about 100 miles east of Moscow. At ... there is a video of a fireball that struck central Russia in which 500 people are said to have been injured, mainly as a result of shattered windows and flying glass. The people of Chelyabinsk were treated first to a loud explosion above, a bright flash of light, and the shock-wave.

Bill Napier responds to the Bos

Mark Boslough, sometimes known as the Bos, claimed comets make up only one per cent of the population of earth crossing objects - and exist only for short periods of time (see This view echoes the mainstream consensus that comets are little more than dirty snowballs and disappear as quickly as they appear - and the Clube and Napier hypothesis has never been accepted. In fact, there is a fair bit of virulent objection to the hypothesis - not wanted. Opens too many cans of worms.