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Updated: 12 October 2006

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  • "Yellow fireball seen in Waikato sky," Stuff.co.nz 21 Sept.
     KEYWORDS: 2006 Sept. 20 New Zealand event
  • "Physics Professor Takes Part in Groundbreaking Asteroid Study," Ithaca College 21 Sept.
     KEYWORDS: 25413 Itokawa, Hayabusa asteroid mission, space weathering
  • "Keynote Speech by Dr. S. Pete Worden," Director of NASA Ames Research Center, from 19 Sept at AIAA Space 2006, posted at SpaceRef.com 20 Sept. - Quote: "[The] Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle or "CEV" [and] the class of launch vehicles now being developed to carry it will be the basis for our spaceships to the Moon, Mars and Near Earth Asteroids... [We] are focusing initially on the moon. It's there -- only three days journey from the earth that we will learn how to live off the land. This use of what's called 'in situ resources' is the key to humanity's expansion throughout the solar system. Once we learn how to do this we can move out to Mars, Near-earth Asteroids and beyond."
     KEYWORDS: manned asteroid missions
  • "Neuhauser creates new map of Osborne County," Fort Hays State Univ. 20 Sept. - Quote: "Currently, [Prof. Kenneth] Neuhauser has many projects in progess, including investigating a possible meteor impact at Lake Wilson."
     KEYWORDS: Kansas
  • Dawn Journal for 17 Sept., NASA Dawn mission
     KEYWORDS: 1 Ceres, 4 Vesta, Dawn asteroid mission, IAU planet definition, Pluto

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Old news new here - These news links noticed today are from during A/CC's 2005-06 reporting hiatus.
  • "Largest Crater in the Great Sahara Discovered by B.U. Scientists," Brown Univ. 3 March 2006 - Quote: "[Since] its shape points to an origin of extraterrestrial impact, it will likely prove to be the event responsible for the extensive field of 'Desert Glass' -- yellow-green silica glass fragments found on the desert surface between the giant dunes of the Great Sand Sea in southwestern Egypt."
    • "Kebira Crater," NASA Earth Observatory March 2006 - Quote: "The massive crater measured 31 kilometers across [and] the impact probably occurred around 100 million years ago."
    • See also Egyptian archaeological news from July 19th and earlier.
        KEYWORDS: satellite remote sensing
  • "Meteorite hunters face low odds, high thrills," La Grande Observer at Corvallis Gazette-Times 17 Oct. 2005 - Quote: "Only four meteorites have been reported found in Oregon, but none east of the Cascades... The last [in 1981] struck the roof of a sheriff deputy's house in Salem." See also Cascadia Meteorite Lab.
     KEYWORDS: how to find meteorites

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  • "Fire in the sky" (2nd item down), Corvallis Gazette Times 15 Sept. - Quote: "[Two witnesses] a week or so ago around 4:30 a.m. ... were driving to a job site in Dallas [Oregon] in separate vehicles when ... they both saw a bright object streak from the eastern sky, seemingly straight to the northwest horizon." Note: Please contact author Dan Hayes if you also were a witness.
     KEYWORDS: 2006 Aug. Oregon event

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  • "Possible meteorite found on golf course," Chicago Sun-Times 14 Sept. - Note: This link has expired, so see a WorldGolf.com article from 2 Oct. 2006.
     KEYWORDS: Illinois
  • "IAU names dwarf planet Eris," IAU at EurekAlert 14 Sept. - Quote: "Eris is a the Greek goddess of discord and strife. She stirs up jealousy and envy to cause fighting and anger among men."
    • "All Hail Eris and Dysnomia," Sky & Telescope 14 Sept. - Quote: "Dysnomia, is named for Eris's daughter, the goddess of lawlessness -- a tribute, says [Michael] Brown, to the actress who played Xena, Warrior Princess: Lucy Lawless."
    • "Former '10th planet' officially named Eris," AP at MSNBC 13 Sept.
    • IAU Circular 8747 (relevant excerpt) at SpaceRef.com 13 Sept.
        KEYWORDS: 136199 Eris (2003 UB313)
  • "New AAS Award for Backyard Research," Sky & Telescope 12 Sept. - Quote: "Beginning in 2007, the AAS ... will offer an annual prize for cosmic research by a North American amateur... The ASP also makes an annual award for amateur achievement... This year's recipient [was] Kamil Hornoch, [who] lives in the Czech Republic ... cited for [observing] comets, asteroids, and variable stars."
     KEYWORDS: amateur astronomy

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  • "SMART 1's Dramatic Finale," Sky & Telescope 7 Sept. - Quote: "Peter Lipscomb ... used a Mead LX-90 ... and Philips ToUcam Pro webcam [recording at 5 fps to catch] a distinct flare at the time of impact."     KEYWORDS: lunar impacts
  • "Fourth Passive Payload Checkout," ESA Rosetta mission 7 Sept. - quote: "The Mars Swingby Phase formally started on the 28 July 2006. The actual swingby will take place on the 25 February 2007."
     KEYWORDS: Rosetta comet mission
  • "Pluto added to official 'minor planet' list," New Scientist 7 Sept.
    • IAU MPC MPEC 2006-R19, "Editorial Notice" 7 Sept.
        KEYWORDS: 2003 UB313, 2003 EL61, 2005 FY9, IAU numberings, IAU planet definition
  • "Unabashedly Onward to the Ninth Planet," NASA New Horizons mission 6 Sept. - Quote: "The New Horizons project ... will not recognize the IAU's planet definition resolution of Aug. 24, 2006."
     KEYWORDS: IAU planet definition, KBOs, Pluto, Alan Stern
  • "Asteroid Named After UNM Scientist," Univ. of New Mexico news item 6 Sept.
     KEYWORDS: 6816 Barbcohen (1981 EB28), Barbara Cohen, IAU namings

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  • "Mysterious bright patches on asteroids explained," New Scientist 6 Sept.
     KEYWORDS: 25413 Itokawa, Hayabusa asteroid mission, LL chondrites, space weathering, S-type asteroids
  • "Close encounter!," Huddersfield Daily Examiner 6 Sept. - Note that this report does not mention any scientific identification of the claimed meteorite.
     KEYWORDS: undated England event

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