Friday, 1 April 2011

Meteor Marvel - The Barringer Crater

Astronomy Magazine has an excellent article this issue on meteorites hitting the Earth - which is always a possibility but hopefully with today's technology we'll have a bit more warning of where to avoid! After reading it I just thought I'd share with you the link to the Barringer Crater site. It was formed when an iron meteorite measuring an estimated 50metres across hit Earth some 50,000 years ago causing an impact area of over 1.2km and 175m deep. You can visit the crater today (sometimes known as Meteor Crater or Canyon Diablo) so if you're ever in the US state of Arizona make the trip over to see it - believe me this is another holiday going on the list for Mrs M and me! 

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