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Asteroid Watch
Fireballs from the Sky
March 13th, 2003
 Stay tuned for Week 5 update later today.
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Materials: Exploring Meteorite Mysteries
Opening Activity
Great Balls of Fire:
The Story of Meteors, Asteroids, and Craters of Doom

Meteors, Asteroids, Meteorites? What's the difference?
Could an asteroid strike create havoc on the earth? Here is some evidence of what has happened before.
Great Balls of of Fire nice overview of the issues; also some neat animations
Barringer Meteorite Crater in Arizona
Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet and its rendezvous with Jupiter
What killed the Dinosaurs?
and other theories... An interesting compendium of sites
Investigating Impact Craters

Activity: Impact studies Comparing weight, mass, and density.

Near Earth Asteroids, Eros, & Project NEAR
Finding out what Eros is made of. But why? Just scientific curiosity or was it something more sinister? How dangerous is Eros? Revisiting Project NEAR Shoemaker. What did we learn from this amazing enterprise?
Conclusion: Asteroid Watch - Chasing Fireballs in the Sky
Wrapup & Debriefing Week
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