quarta-feira, 18 de setembro de 2013
September 16 (RIA Novosti) – The meteorite that hit Russia’s Urals Mountains in mid-February contained “scriptures” that can usher in a new age on Earth, say followers of a new religious group in Russia, local media reported Monday.
But mishandling the meteorite could cause harm throughout the world and may already be fueling the bloody civil strife in Syria, said Andrei Breivichko, founder of the Church of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite, 1obl.ru news website reported.
The meteorite, estimated at 10,000 metric tons, exploded over the Chelyabinsk Region earlier this year, leaving 1,500 injured, mostly due to glass shattered by the shockwave. The biggest of seven major chunks that the celestial body fragmented into ended up in the local Chebarkul Lake, and an operation to fish it out is currently under way.
Though scientists said earlier that the space rock was a typical chondrite (non-metallic meterorite) distinguished mostly by its size, the space rock actually contains “data about the universe and a code of moral and legal guidelines that would help mankind at a new stage of development of spiritual knowledge,” Breivichko said.
The founder of the cult of the meteorite opposes the operation to bring the chunk out of the lake, claiming that only “psychic priests” of his church are qualified to handle the celestial body, which they want to be placed in a temple to be built in Chelyabinsk for the purpose.
The believers are already holding rites on the shores of Chebarkul, trying to protect the meteorite by projecting a sort of protective psychic energy toward it, though they have no plans to physically interfere with the divers trying to bring it up, online tabloid LifeNews.ru reported.
The tabloid published a video of half a dozen people, led by the church’s founder – identified by LifeNews.ru as Breivichenko – standing in a ring on the lake’s shore, holding hands and praying for the meteorite’s safety.
The Chebarkul fragment of the meteorite, sized 50 by 90 centimeters, is expected to be brought ashore by September 25. It will be examined by scientists and then handed over to the local authorities, Chelyabinsk Governor Mikhail Yurevich said Monday.
Publicado por Jorge M. Gonçalves às 12:45 da tarde
quarta-feira, 11 de setembro de 2013
Scientists studying a meteorite that fell to Earth over California last year say they have found the building blocks of life within it. The discovery suggests that organic molecules, the basic building blocks of life, may be more common that previously supposed.
Publicado por Jorge M. Gonçalves às 5:56 da tarde
quinta-feira, 5 de setembro de 2013
After a search for meteorite fragments yielded niente, the jury's still out as to what exactly lit up the night sky in Italy's northeast. The fireball reportedly entertained and horrified Italians between 2.30am and 2.45am on Sept. 3, roaring like thunder and producing a loud bang. Pets in Padua and Venice were reportedly "unsettled" by the incident, and their owners called police and firefighters, whose guesses as to the origin of the fireball were no better than theirs.
Publicado por Jorge M. Gonçalves às 5:10 da tarde
An unnamed resident of the Chelyabinsk region in Russia's Urals found the fragment near the village of Timiryazevsky and submitted it for analysis and authentication to Chelyabinsk State University.
"Yes, it is a meteorite. This is the largest [Chelyabinsk] fragment analyzed so far by scientists," Andrei Kocherov, an official from the university, told RIA Novosti.
The lucky owner was given an official certificate confirming the authenticity of the celestial fragment, Kocherov said.
The meteorite, more than 18 meters in size and weighing 10,000 metric tons, exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in the Urals on February 15. The blast was an equivalent to 440 kilotons of TNT - 27 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb that destroyed Nagasaki in 1945.
The meteorite blast left 1,200 injured, most by window glass shattered by the shockwave.
The meteorite broke into some seven large fragments, and one of them is believed to have fallen into Chebarkul Lake, forming a hole in the ice about eight meters in diameter. In late March, a radar probe of the bottom of the lake revealed a crater possibly created by a fragment of a meteorite.
Chelyabinsk region authorities have allocated 3 million rubles (about $10,000) for the recovery of the fragment, which is believed to have an oval shape, a size of up to a meter and a weight of about 600 kilograms.
Publicado por Jorge M. Gonçalves às 5:07 da tarde