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Werner Herzog’s new film, ‘Fireball,’ explores the power and mystery of meteorites



Simon Schaffer, Clive Oppenheimer standing in a field: British volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer speaks with Professor Simon Schaffer about the Ensisheim meteorite in "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds." Courtesy of Apple TV+


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British volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer speaks with Professor Simon Schaffer about the Ensisheim meteorite in “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds.” Courtesy of Apple TV+

  • “Fireball,” a new documentary about meteors directed by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, premiered Friday on Apple TV+. 
  • The documentary explores the role that space rocks have played in shaping the world’s history.
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On November 7, 1492, a fiery space rock whistled through the sky. It rocketed into a wheat field near the town of Ensisheim, in modern-day France, punching a hole 3 feet deep into the soil. A young boy was its only witness, according to historical accounts. 

Ensisheim at that point was the headquarters of Austrian troops. Just weeks after the meteor’s arrival, the Austrian military commander, King Maximilian, came to the town on his way to battle the French. Upon learning about

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