Photo: Meteorites in Africa Traced to Asteroid "Parent"



An asteroid weaves bright contrails in the early dawn skies over Sudan on October 7, 2008. Dubbed 2008 TC3, the asteroid exploded 23 miles (37 kilometers) over Earth.

In March 2009 astronomers reported that, the first time, they have been able to track down meteorites from that same asteroid.

Images courtesy Mohamed Elhassan Abdelatif Mahir (Noub NGO), Dr. Muawia H. Shaddad (Univ. Khartoum), Dr. Peter Jenniskens (SETI Institute/NASA Ames)


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