posted on Jan, 12 2015 @ 12:42 PM
On September 2, 2004, six infrasound detectors from around the world picked up the telltale signature of an exploding meteorite. Scientists at
Australia's Davis Station on the coast of eastern Antarctica spotted a dust trail but not the object that had left it. In a
, a team of scientists used data from International Monitoring
System (IMS) infrasound arrays to fix the source of the explosion to somewhere over eastern Antarctica.
Image Credit: Tobias Binder, Alfred Wegener Institute via
Research by the Australian scientists after they saw the meteorite debris above Antarctica inn 2004 suggested that it was around seven to ten
metres (23 to 33 feet) wide and weighted between 600 and 1,900 tonnes.
They estimated that it exploded in the sky above Antarctica with the force of 12,000 tonnes of TNT and was travelling at a speed of 29,080
A decade later, the discovery of what appears to be a 1.24 mile wide crater may solve the mystery.
On December 24, Geophysicist, Dr. Christian Müller was looking out of the window of
, a Basler BT-67 outfitted with ice
penetrating radar, when he spotted the large feature in the ice. Two days later, they flew over the site again to take images and video as well as a
topographic laser survey.
Given the circumstantial evidence, the scientists are cautiously optimistic. The next step would likely be to send out a team to drill beneath the ice
and snow to look for a dust layer and possibly fragments of the meteorite.
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