Photo of the Day

A picture of people looking at the total solar eclipse of April 17, 1912, occurring two days after the sinking of the Titanic. Because of this, it is informally known as the “Titanic eclipse.”

It is also notable for being the among the first eclipses where predicted timings and radiation levels of the solar atmosphere were accurately measured. All measurements and conclusions by physicist W.H. Julius were published in the Astrophysical Journal.

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Mercury Meteorite

 

This meteorite is the only known rock from space to may have come from Mercury!

The green meteorite, which landed in Morocco last year, has been analyzed by meteorite scientist Anthony Irving, who determined that the rock is similar to the composition of Mercury. He came to this conclusion by noting that not only did the meteorite indicate that it came from a planet and not from an ordinary asteroid, but because its chemical composition, low magnetism, and low iron were all very similar to Mercury’s. In 2015, a mission to collect rocks from Mercury, will, if successful, be able to tell if Irving’s hypothesis is true. Even if it is not from the green planet, it is definitely not like any other meteorite found on Earth.

 

(via Huffington Post)

Ancient Egyptian Meteorite Jewelry

 

 

This post’s title sounds like it’s from a Mad Libs game, or maybe from some far-out sci fi movie, but actually it has been recently discovered that the skillfully shaped iron shown above is not from Earth. Those beads are meteorite beads, and were designed at around 3300 BC by  ancient Egyptians.

The Egyptian word for iron translates to “metal of heaven,” which is quite aptly named, since they saw the metal falling from the sky, and thought they were gifts sent down from the gods (or so modern Egyptologists claim). Dr. Joyce Tyldesle, a senior lecturer in Egyptology at The University of Manchester explains further:

“Today, we see iron first and foremost as a practical, rather dull metal. To the ancient Egyptians, however, it was a rare and beautiful material which, as it fell from the sky, surely had some magical/religious properties. They therefore used this remarkable metal to create small objects of beauty and religious significance which were so important to them that they chose to include them in their graves.”

 

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(via Neatorama)