Tagged: meteorites

All Blacks take a bath in Beppu - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Sep 28, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] The All Blacks are currently resting up in the Japanese spa town of Beppu, awaiting their next game. Like Rotorua and several other spa towns spread around the globe, Beppu has an impact crater on asteroid (951) Gaspra named for it.  Perusing the intellectual pages (i.e. the sports section) in The Press this morning whilst … Read More

Asteroid Day… and what may follow - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Jun 30, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] The Tunguska explosion in 1908 was due to the arrival of a small (perhaps 50 metre) cosmic object, quite likely a fragment of a known comet. Astronomers are now wondering whether siblings of that projectile might pass close by the Earth over the next week or so.  I write tonight on Asteroid Day, which … Read More

Murchison and geology - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Jun 19, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] There are many places, both in New Zealand and elsewhere around the globe, that are named for the nineteenth-century Scottish geologist Sir Roderick Impey Murchison. It seems astonishing how many of these are connected in some way with events of geological significance, or are otherwise of scientific importance.  One of my predilections is writing blog … Read More