Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Where meteors have fallen

Simon Rogers, of The Guardian, has created a map of every meteorite - the ones that we know about - on earth. It's interesting - and interactive. The screenshot above is of the central US, but if you click on the link you'll see the whole world. And you can click on each individual meteorite for more information, including location, whether the meteorite was seen falling or found, the mass and type and the year. The data are available too, as is a video about how the map was made. You can see the video here.

It's made with an interesting mapping tool called Cartodb - I'll explore it in a later post. Meanwhile, in case you missed them, Grist.org has gathered a lot of videos of the meteorite (if it lands it's a meteorite; if it burns up in the atmosphere it's a meteor) coming through.

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