Out of the blue

Meteorite wrecks houses in India

What was apparently a meteorite destroyed two houses and injured 20 (just 5 according to other sources) in eastern India Saturday evening. To my knowledge, no American Patriot missile batteries are in the region, so the possibility of another misfire is probably ruled out. No word on the size of the meteroite or if anything has been recovered.

I first learned of this on Space.com, and their page also has a post about doubters of the asteroid-killed-the-dinosaurs theory. A few years back I read “The Great Dinosaur Extinction Controversy” and was convinced that, at the least, a lot of things remain unanswered despite nearly universal belief that a huge impact, probably in Mexico, wiped out the dinosaurs. We’ll see. Maybe.

UPDATE: Besides Patriot missiles gone awry, another non-meteor possibility here might be a crashing Indian Air Force MiG-21, which is a pretty common thing. Or, if it did come from outer space, maybe it was part of a satellite or space station. Just a thought. Since I’m keeping my mind open about asteroids killing the dinosaurs, it’s only fair that I also keep my mind open about this.


  1. I haven’t read that book, but the publisher’s comments on the book includes this statement: ‘This idea exploded into common awareness with almost unprecedented speed, and was instantly embraced by the media and the public. ‘ I have however, read another related book, with the bad title of T. Rex and the Crater of Doom, by Alvarez’s son Walter Alvarez, and here’s a statement in the Library Journal’s review (on amazon.com): ‘When Nobel prize-winning physicist Louis Alvarez and his geophysicist son Walter announced that they had discovered evidence of a giant meteor that slammed into Earth 65 million years ago, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs, they were met with much fanfare from the popular press and skepticism from the scientific community. The Alvarezes were vindicated in 1991 when a huge impact crater was discovered on the Yucatan Peninsula, and the possible connection with dinosaur extinction is becoming more widely accepted. ‘ As I recall, the popular press and scientific community did not accept Alvarez’s theory at all. It was not until the discovery of the Chicxulub crater that the theory gained acceptance. Still, it’s an interesting question. I’m inclined to believe the asteroid theory myself, but that might just mean I’m a good follower. :} ***

  2. Great comments. I was aware of the initial media hype about the theory, but didn’t know that the scientific community was more hesitant until the Mexican crater was discovered. That certainly isn’t the way it’s presented in the book I mentioned, but that’s not surprising, given the authors’ claims. I certainly haven’t written off the asteroid theory at all. I’m just more than a little skeptical that we really know as much as we think we do. ***

  3. C’mon, we all know that the extinctions were due to then unknown health risks associated with early cell phone technology. I’m just sayin’… ***