[meteorite-list] Fake Norway Rock

From: Chris Peterson <clp_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:27:54 -0600
Message-ID: <5346E2AA.3000407_at_alumni.caltech.edu>

Then you need to tune up your analysis skills. And your knowledge of
meteoritics. The video was not falsified, and is hardly "phony". What it
shows is plausibly explained by the meteorite hypothesis. Many, perhaps
most meteorite falls are not preceded by a significant fireball, and
even fewer by acoustics of any sort.

I don't hear many people saying there's a "reasonable chance" this could
be a meteorite. I didn't even hear much of that early on. Only that
nothing obviously excludes this from being a meteorite. That's a
distinction well worth remembering. If this had been trivially rejected
from the beginning, no analysis would have been performed, and that
would be unfortunate.

And that's getting real.


Chris L Peterson
Cloudbait Observatory

On 4/10/2014 11:49 AM, Joshua Tree Earth & Space Museum wrote:
> What amazes me about this media stunt is the lack of skepticism from
> people who should know better. When I saw the video, my first thought
> was: "this is as phony as a three-dollar bill. Anybody with even a lick
> of common sense should have instantly known this was totally bogus. No
> bolide, no sonic boom, no smoke trail, no electophonic sound, no
> recovered meteorite, nothing. There's nothing right about this. Just a
> video where a small rock pops out of a parachute right after its
> deployed. Who in their right mind would conclude that it was a meteoroid
> in dark flight? (Besides the dummy astronomer and physicist.)
> Even now people are still saying: "well there's a reasonable chance it
> could be real." Yeah right! About the same chance as me winning 10
> Olympic gold medals, winning the lottery 10 times in a row, getting
> elected to the US Senate after being knighted by the Queen of England
> and then marrying Scarlett Johansson.
> Get Real,
> Phil Whitmer
Received on Thu 10 Apr 2014 02:27:54 PM PDT

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