Meteorite Muddles

Apparently an alleged meteorite killed a person in Tamil Nadu State, India. The following is a photo of the crater.

 

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Photo: Indian authorities inspect the site of a suspected meteorite landing in southern Tamil Nadu state. (AFP)

No one saw this meteorite crater being formed.

 

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 Figure 2 – Arizona Meteorite Crater

When we don’t see it we ‘know’ and when we do see it, or think we have seen it, (and then where is it), it is a landing.

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Figure 3: A meteor streaks across the sky in eastern Russia in this picture released by the Russian

Emergency Ministry. Hundreds were injured in the Friday (Feb. 15) morning blast,

mostly from falling glass shattered by the shock wave. Credit: Russian Emergency Ministry View full size image

 And then will the meteorite, or whatever it is, also produce a neat circular landing or crater, or are we missing something rather grave?

Update: Media comment

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. Trained by Western Mining Corporation and polished by De Beers.
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