“Cold temperatures with the possibility of reptiles falling”. This is how the weather forecast can come to you if you live in South Florida. But how can this be scientifically?
According to an article by Nicoletta Lanes published on the Live Science website, iguana lizards are one of the oddities that can fall above you from space, in addition to a list of 6 other interesting things that made headlines for their fall from the sky.
Green fireball and rainbow
In November 2020, researchers made a surprising video clip, when they saw a bright green meteor erupting over the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia, and although the video, unfortunately, was in black and white, the people who saw the meteor themselves confirmed that it appeared green And they were able to see it with the naked eye.
The research vessel “Investigator”, operated by the Australian National Science Agency (CSIRO), had photographed the fireball exploding through Earth’s atmosphere, crossing the sky and then disintegrating over the Tasman Sea.
In 2019, a rainbow of space rock crashed over Costa Rica, and debris was scattered between the villages of La Palmera and Aguas Zarcas. Studies now underway indicate that this rock may contain the basic chemical building blocks of life.
The meteorite (space rock) was originally broken off by a larger asteroid formed from the dust of an ancient nebula. This particular nebula will later generate our solar system. This rainbow meteorite contains complex carbon compounds, which may contain amino acids, and can combine to form proteins and molecules such as DNA.
Sudden explosion and meteorite Michigan
SpaceX’s Starship program launched a prototype called SN8 during a high-altitude test flight, and everything was going according to plan other than the landing that occurred during it and what was not Expected.
The prototype took off from SpaceX’s facility Boca Chica in Texas, reached a distance of 12.5 kilometers in the sky, and made complex aerial maneuvers en route, but returned very quickly and burst into flames. The explosion occurred just 6 minutes and 42 seconds after takeoff.
In January 2018, a meteor tore through the sky over Michigan, and pieces of the collapsing meteorite fell on a frozen lake below.
During the year 2020, after careful analysis of the space rock that fell, scientists announced that the meteorite contains thousands of organic compounds that formed billions of years ago, dating back to the early days of our solar system. The researchers say that a study of the Michigan meteorite could give us a glimpse into early life on this planet.
Comet and asteroid with the depth of history
The prehistoric village of Abu Hurairah in northern Syria was home to the first known farmers on earth, but then a mysterious fire accident destroyed the town, leaving behind the remains of thatched huts covered in carbon. Among the debris, prospectors found glass balls formed from melting soil and samples rich in iron, sulfur and nanodiamonds.
Scientists recently examined these glassy materials closely and found that they could only form at temperatures of more than two thousand degrees Celsius, which made the team conclude that fragments of a passing comet had exploded over the village, and this led to a severe heat wave that burned the village and the soil below it.
Scientists have modeled the path of the asteroid that collided with the Earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, and through this model, the team found that the space rock collided with the Earth at a certain sharp angle that caused about 3 times the amount of sulfur and carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere. The gas released caused global climate change and killed 75% of life on Earth.
Iguana rains over Florida
“Cold temperatures with the possibility of reptiles falling”, this is the warning that the National Weather Service in Miami, USA, sends when the temperature drops below 4.4 degrees Celsius in South Florida.
This is because when the weather gets cold, the iguana (a genus of herbivorous orchids) that usually hang in the tree tops becomes unable to stick to the branches. As their metabolism slows, the lizards become stiff, fall to the ground and appear as dead, but once the weather warms up, they start moving again.