The subject of my recent article, Biggest Asteroid to Hit Earth, was on the threat of near earth objects and asteroid impacts on earth. It was ironically hammered home yesterday. A large meteorite fell in broad daylight in Cuba, causing detonations and dropping apparently numerous meteors on the western part of that island. Blasts were reported along with broken glass. But no casualties. Underscoring my point that at any time small asteroids can and do enter the earth’s atmosphere. And much more significant impacts are possible.
Interestingly, this Cuban meteorite may be quite interesting in its own right, or not. The photographs I’ve seen from people in Cuba on twitter show stones that do appear to be of meteoritic origin. But it’s kind of an odd looking matrix. What if this isn’t an ordinary chondrite, but rather some kind of achondritic, heat-altered material or breccia. The origins for most of these types of meteorites can sometimes be linked to having been blasted off Mars, the Moon, the asteroid Vesta and in one case even the planet Mercury. It will be interesting to see what the chemistry of this meteorite ends up being.
As an aside, there was also an impact on the moon during the recent lunar eclipse. It was caught by multiple cameras, and even live feeds of the event. It wasn’t that impressive, being just a small almost instantaneous blip. However, it’s still a sporadic event. This was a little impact. However, history does record what might have been the formation of a known crater on the moon.
The Biggest Explosion Ever Seen on the Moon
In 1178, English monks recorded a particularly harrowing account of the moon explode into flames. Here’s an article to help you know more about this phenomenon. So, the moon was writhing like a wounded snake and shooting out sparks and coals. We’ll likely never know what they saw. It could have been a meteor entering earth’s atmosphere head-on in front of the moon from their perspective. However, some researchers have linked it to the formation of the crater Giordano Bruno on the moon.
Massive Crater Discovered Under Greenland Ice
But those aren’t the only recent developments in this field. In December, researchers released news that they may have found a 31-kilometer crater locked under nearly a kilometer of ice in Greenland. What’s noteworthy here is that this crater is recent. Possibly within human prehistory.
It reignites a debate that’s been going about a cold snap that seems to have occurred between 12,800 and 11,700 years ago termed The Younger Dryas. But not correctly as it was first laid out. The original hypothesis regarding the younger dryas revolved around a small comet detonating in the atmosphere and sparking wildfires, which in turn cooled the climate
The Middle Ghor Event – The Cosmic Airburst that killed an Entire Civilization
As does another paper that came out at the end of the year. This paper is one of that extraordinary evidence is required kinds of paper, and I usually prefer to sit and see what the people in the field say about it. Though apparently, multiple documents on this event are pending. It concerns an archeological site in Jordan, Tell el-Hammam, or what’s being called the Middle Ghor Event after the general region. Moreover, it seems to suggest that a meteorite impact on the level of Tunguska may have happened in this area about 3,700 years ago.
Reportedly, this event wiped out everything within an estimated 200 square miles. It even went so far as to damage valuable fertile agricultural land. Apparently some of the best in the region in those days. It may also have covered the area with superheated salts from the dead sea. This area was then left uninhabited for an estimated five to seven hundred years. These findings are very new, and no doubt debate will ensue… we’re very early in the game on this one. Actual fragments of the object would be helpful, and should still be around in weathered condition in the area. However, it does evoke new thoughts.
3,700 years is not that long ago, and as with the issue of flood myths and questions of the formation of the black sea show, perhaps long ago someone did see fire and something like brimstone fall from the sky amid a great calamity. Imagine how ancient peoples might have interpreted that.
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