A number of readers have emailed looking for updates on the news story about the meteor crash in Peru, which is said to have made locals sick. Rather than summarise it myself, the easiest thing to do is point interested readers to Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log, which gave a ‘case closed’ rundown last Friday:
The scientific verdict is finally in on the fireball that fell last month in Peru: The good news is that it really was a meteorite – and not some sort of underground gas explosion, as skeptics had thought. The bad news is that the Desaguadero Meteorite (to use its proposed new name) is a garden-variety space rock. And for most scientists, that’s a cosmic yawner.
Hope this helps!