Wayward Meteorite Defies Laws of Solar System

Skies Light Up Over Western Australia
Source:  NASA Glazing Fireball

Streak of Light the Width of Texas 
The celestial event, called a Grazing
Fireball, happened over Western Australia.
The meteorite that blazed over the night
skies took a highly unusual path.  For a minute
and a half it burned, carving an arc of
blazing light as wide as the state of 
Texas, then it faded away and took back
off into space.  It's being called the
meteorite that ignored the one way signs
of our Solar system.

On to Jupiter
What's incredible is this meteorite didn't
disintegrate in our atmosphere or crash
to Earth.  After the light display faded, it
took off back into space.  According to
Australian astronomers and scientists, who
have just released their findings on the
event, that happened in July 2017, the wrong 
way meteorite is headed to Jupiter
They say, the likely arrival date is 2025.

Blazing Speed
This is an extremely unusual celestial 
event.  And, it's an extremely rare
meteorite that grazes into the Earth's
atmosphere at a very low angle.  It
skipped across the skies like a skipping
stone on a pond.  The Australian team
estimates that the meteorite weighs
130 pounds, is a foot across and moves
at a blazing speed of 10 miles per second. 
They believe it originated in the asteroid
belt between Jupiter and Mars.

Ignoring the One Way Signs of Space
Grazing fireball events are extremely
rare.  In 1783, historical records tell us that 
that the Great Meteor streaked
across the skies of England and Europe
and streaked back to space.
There was a similar meteorite,
the "Great Comet", that blazed across 
the skies of the northeast US in 1860. 
And one was spotted in 1972.

Interstellar Space
When the Australian meteorite reaches
Jupiter in 2025, it will have to grapple with
Jupiter's gravity.  Then it is likely to be
tossed into interstellar space.  Astronomers
are not speculating on the next leg of
its quixotic journey.  This is the first
grazing fireball that's been studied by
scientists.  And, it's also the one that
spent the longest amount of time in the
Earth's atmosphere, as far as scientists
know.

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