[meteorite-list] A Managua, Nicaragua meteorite?

From: Sterling K. Webb <sterling_k_webb_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:37:41 -0500
Message-ID: <223683.71168.bm_at_smtp117.sbc.mail.ne1.yahoo.com>

Steiner, List,

I agree that it is silly to associate
this tiny impact with 2014RC or any
fragment or co-travelling object
associated with it. I didn't say that,
the comment was ascribed in the article
to "Nicaraguan authorities," who, it
should be said, know nothing about
meteorites. Not saying that to insult
them; it is simply the case.

2014RC passed beneath the plane of the
Earth's orbit:
That alone makes any connection unlikely.

Unlike Carancas, which was a near-vertical
impact (70 to 80 degrees), this appears
to have been an impact from a lower angle,
perhaps 30-40 degrees or so. The crater
appears not to be perfectly circular but
to have a "pushed-up" back wall and to be
slightly eccentric (in the one photo).

> We should wait for more evidence...

Actually, ANY evidence of an impacting
body is missing so far, other than the
likelihood that there must have been
one. If it had been an artillery shell
or bomb there would be metal fragments,
of course, but there doesn't seem to be.

Sterling Webb
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To: Sterling K. Webb via Meteorite-list
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] A Managua, Nicaragua meteorite?

Without ruling out that this is indeed a meteorite impact, I take the near
miss of asteroid 2014 RC rather as an argument against than for.
Given the news exposure that the asteroid has had, early investigators might
have jumped to conclusions. We should wait for more evidence.

The impact seems to have taken place about 13 hours before the closest
approach. That places it half a million km away or so. The link seems to
be a stretch.


"Sterling K. Webb via Meteorite-list"
<meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> writes:

> Kevin, List,
> It looks a great deal like the Carancas crater, although it's a little
> smaller, about 80% of its size. The test would be:
> are there meteorites scattered about?

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