Meteors that fall to Earth carry compounds that were formed billions of years ago. The spaceships make aerobatics in the air but explode. And sometimes, iguanas fall from a tree and lie on their stomach, almost frozen on the ground.
Below is a list of six strange objects – and several reptiles – that have caught the attention of many people for falling from the sky.
Blue fireball in the Tasman Sea
Researchers captured an astonishing video as a bright, green meteor passed over the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia.
A research vessel called Investigator, operated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, filmed the ball of fire as it plunged through Earth’s atmosphere, crossed the sky and then disintegrated. on the Tasman Sea.
Those who have witnessed the meteor say it is green when seen with the naked eye.
Rainbow meteorites were found in Costa Rica
A rainbow-colored meteorite broke apart in Costa Rica in 2019 and fragments scattered fragments between the villages of La Palmera and Aguas Zarcas. Currently, ongoing research suggests that the fireball may contain the chemical constituents of life.
The meteorite initially detached from a larger asteroid, forming from the dust of an ancient nebula. It is that nebula that will later give birth to our Solar System. Rainbow meteorites contain complex carbon compounds, which may include amino acids, which can combine to form proteins and molecules like DNA.
Unexpected explosion of a SpaceX prototype
SpaceX’s Starship program launched a test missile called SN8 during a high altitude test flight, and all went according to plan – except for the landing. The prototype took off from Boca Chica, Texas’s SpaceX facility and launched 12.5 km into the sky, performing complicated aerial maneuvers along the way.
The test missile then crashed to a designated landing point on the ground, but it charged too quickly and caught fire. The explosion occurred just 6 minutes 42 seconds after takeoff.
A meteorite in Michigan
A meteor crumbled across Hamburg, Michigan, and debris fell into a frozen lake below. It was January 2018; This year, after careful analysis of the cosmic rock, scientists have announced that this meteorite contains thousands of organic compounds formed billions of years ago.
Compounds date back to the early days of our Solar System, meaning that meteors that crash into the young Earth can carry similar molecules. The team said that at that time organic meteoric compounds could be incorporated into primitive microorganisms, so studying the Michigan meteorite could give us a glimpse of the primitive life on the planet
The dinosaur-killing asteroid hit Earth at the worst possible angle
The famous space rock wiped out dinosaurs that crashed into Earth at such a steep angle that dinosaurs never had a chance to survive. The scientists modeled the asteroid’s path and found that it collided at an angle of about 60 degrees above the horizon.
Compared to the shallower impact angle, this orbit causes the asteroid to spit three times as much sulfur and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to the model. The gas released from the impact caused global climate change and killed 75% of all life on Earth, including all non-avian dinosaurs.
Iguanas rain in Florida
“Cold temperatures with the possibility of reptile rain” – sounds like a line from a cartoon but this is actually a warning issued by the National Weather Service when the temperature drops below 4.4 degrees C in the south Florida.
That’s because, when the weather gets cold, the iguanas that normally hang on top of the tree won’t be able to hold on. When their metabolism slows down, the lizards harden, fall to the ground and appear dead; but when the weather warms up, they get back to work.