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India: Nerves Shaken, Brains Rattled After ‘Balls Of Fire Shooting From The Sky’ Damages Several Houses In Katol Region


IANS – “A team of scientists from Mumbai will leave for Nagpur on Monday to investigate and study the impact of last Tuesday’s large meteorite shower in the Katol region which damaged several houses, an official said here on Sunday.

Tentatively named ‘Vinoba Meteorite Shower 2012’, the team will probe whether any crater has been formed in the region, covering a distance of around 200 sq km, said Bharat Adur, head of Akash Ganga Centre for Astronomy (AGCA), Thane.

‘The phenomenon of balls of fire shooting from the sky accompanied by huge blast-like sounds was witnessed by many last Tuesday evening around 5 p.m. The shower was travelling in the eastern direction and is the first such meteorite shower recorded in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra,’ Adur told IANS.

A Geological Survey of India (GSI) team, which has already collected some samples, will also be surveying the entire area over the next couple of days, he added.

Adur said that the meteor shower was accompanied by earth tremors measuring 2.1 on the Richter Scale, but it is not clear whether the cumulative effect of the meteorites falling created the quake or it was a coincidence (that the meteorite shower and earthquake occurred simultaneously).

Adur said the GSI’s Deputy Director-General (Central Region) Binok Kumar and three other scientists have collected small samples of the meteorites for scientific studies and now, the Mumbai team will travel there for its own independent studies.

‘They have confirmed that the pieces are indeed meteorites and this will add to the challenges before us after their physical, chemical analysis and age would be determined using radioisotope methods,’ Adur said.

Director of the Petrology Department, G Suresh has opined from a preliminary check that the black colour pieces recovered belong to a ‘stony meteorite’ and are rich in silicate minerate with minute quantities of iron and nickel.” Read more.

Categories: Cosmic Craziness
  1. Anonymous
    06/10/2012 at 8:06 AM

    Solar eclipse on May 20th, Blood red moon (can’t pinpoint exact date)sometime first of May, and balls of fire falling from the sky. I don’t know but I think this is beginning to sound eerily familiar? I’m looking up, for my redemption is drawing near.

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