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Extra-galactic Meteror?

  1. Jan 25, 2008 #1
    Somehow, I find news items such as this one much more interesting to read than those about maps of dark-matter halos and things of that nature. (Not that I'm uninterested in the latter.)

    http://www.universetoday.com/2008/01/25/researchers-observe-extra-galactic-meteor/
     
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  3. Jan 25, 2008 #2

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    Is it something you want to discuss / ask ?
     
  4. Jan 25, 2008 #3
    Just posting a news item (I thought this was a bit serious for GD. :biggrin:), although a discussion would be good. It's not confirmed to be an extra-galactic meteor, and hence the '?'.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2008 #4
    Might have just been moving 80kps with respect to the center of the galaxy.

    I don't see why it isn't possible for an extragalactic meteor to hit us, with tons of debris floating around up there. Pretty cool stuff imo.
     
  6. Jan 25, 2008 #5
    I am skeptical. The article largely bases the extra-galactic conclusion on the high velocity, but then they go on to analyze 246 meteors in 36 hours and claim 12 may have been extra-galactic based on velocity alone. That seems very improbable.

    Then they bolster the extra-galactic conclusion on the spectra showing the composition of iron, magnesium, and oxygen; but that is what is found in meteorites routinely.
     
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