[meteorite-list] Meteor shower meteorite dropping events

From: Steve Dunklee <steve.dunklee_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:01:16 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <878458.60905.qm_at_web113914.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>

Hi Sterling. Eric. Jason and all. IN Cosmic billiards nearly anything is possible. IF A 22 Bullit can cause an orange to flip upside down or spin. A large enough impact could also flip or spinn the earth. And its size would not have to be in the current range of an extinction event impactor. An meteor with enough mass hitting near either pole could cause a flip or change the orientation of the earth enough to cause an climatic disaster resulting in mass extinctions. The smaller masses currently considered to be not a threat could in reality cause a chain of events resulting in mass extinction. A meteorite a mile across might not be an extinction event if it impacts at the equator. But if it hits near either pole the results would be the same as if a larger impactor of 20miles across hit the equator or worse. I hope it never happens! Steve

Received on Thu 12 Aug 2010 03:01:16 PM PDT

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