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Images and video are starting to come in -- looks like a pretty big event.
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/sorry for 4 straight posts
nprev
Man...looked like a real nice one, maybe even with recoverable fragments!

Any such might have enormous scientific value. If this was in fact a Geminid, then the parent body would be asteroid 3200 Phaethon, an enigmatic minor planet that exhibits some cometary characteristics.

It's very much a long shot...but here's hoping!
Syrinx
http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2012/12/nasa-...able-meteorite/

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Preliminary results indicate that there are meteorites from this meteor on the ground north of Houston, Texas analysis is currently underway to refine the impact area. if pieces are recovered, it will be the 13th meteorite fall recorded in the state since 1909, and the first since Ash Creek, which fell in February of 2009.
nprev
Oh, wow! Not far from JSC to boot!!!

This could be a scientific bonanza if we're VERY lucky...stay tuned!!!
Syrinx
Well, "north of Houston" is an area roughly the size of Iowa.
nprev
Sure, of course. But there are enough professional meteorite hunters these days in addition to private/government institutions that the odds are fairly good for a recovery of at least some of it. It's also a relatively densely populated area in comparison to, say, the Murchison fall zone.

Wonder if anyone's doing a trajectory analysis to try to determine if this was indeed a likely Geminid.
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