Meteorites from Russian explosion going up for raffle - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Meteorites from Russian explosion going up for raffle

Source: universetoday.com Source: universetoday.com
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

You could own pieces of the meteor that recently exploded over Russia.

The Planetary Science Institute in Tucson has obtained two meteorite specimens from the Feb. 15 blast, which blew out windows and injured hundreds in the Ural Mountains in southwest Russia.

The asteroid, which measured about 20 meters across and weighed 11,000 tons, was traveling about 41,000 mph when it exploded 15 miles above the ground, causing a bright flash, producing a strong shock wave and depositing small fragmentary meteorites across the region.

One of the specimens obtained by PSI is a 1.49 gram half stone, oblong shield-shaped leading edge with an obverse broken faced side, while the other is a 5.15 gram, about 60 percent fusion crusted, with matrix visible through impact breaks. Each meteorite is more than a centimeter wide and tall.

Two lucky winners will each take home one of theRussian meteorites at PSI's annual fundraising dinner May 8, where the specimens will be raffled off.

Visit http://www.psi.edu/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=6 for more information on the meteorite raffle and dinner.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Murder suspect turns himself in to authorities

    Murder suspect turns himself in to authorities

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 10:34 PM EDT2017-03-29 02:34:04 GMT
    Wednesday, March 29 2017 6:53 AM EDT2017-03-29 10:53:51 GMT
    Josh Mason Farmer (Source: Poinsett County Sheriff's Department)Josh Mason Farmer (Source: Poinsett County Sheriff's Department)

    Josh Mason Farmer of Widener turned himself over to authorities early Wednesday morning.

    Josh Mason Farmer of Widener turned himself over to authorities early Wednesday morning.

  • Fire department will soon have new tanker truck

    Fire department will soon have new tanker truck

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-03-29 03:47:43 GMT
    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-03-29 03:52:29 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Monette Fire Department is looking to add a new tanker truck to their fleet.

    The Monette Fire Department is looking to add a new tanker truck to their fleet.

  • AGFC holds meeting on improving duck hunting season

    AGFC holds meeting on improving duck hunting season

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:34 PM EDT2017-03-29 03:34:15 GMT
    Tuesday, March 28 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-03-29 03:49:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held a meeting for duck hunters in Jonesboro on how they plan to improve the duck-hunting season.

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held a meeting for duck hunters in Jonesboro on how they plan to improve the duck-hunting season.

Powered by Frankly