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Central Russia Hit By Major Meteor Shower  
User currently offlinealberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2941 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3161 times:

http://rt.com/news/meteorite-crash-urals-chelyabinsk-283/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21468116

http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=36MEsWC1Pzc


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Omh7_I8vI

I had no idea that even during the day they could light up the sky

first thing that came to mind was the Tunguska event 100 years ago....

[Edited 2013-02-14 23:04:04]

[Edited 2013-02-14 23:06:33]


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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3345 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

Just for sake of clarification, a single meteorite doesn't necessarily equate to a "meteor shower," which usually refers to a period of the year where the earth's orbit tracks through an area of debris (often left by a comet). Needless to say, there can still be plenty of things out there during other parts of the year, too.

This is an absolutely incredible video, though.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6467 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3120 times:
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It was a single meteor, calculated to have blown up at 10,000 meters. What felled to the ground were the pieces left after the explosion. Shock wave was felt in the ground. Fascinating event. I hope nobody was seriously hurt.

[Edited 2013-02-14 23:39:58]

User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11764 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

Quoting alberchico (Thread starter):
first thing that came to mind was the Tunguska event 100 years ago....

First thing that came to my mind was "A Fire In The Sky" c. 1977 Merlin Olsen as a Scout Troop leader.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

Videos


Meteorite fell in Russia Chelyabinsk 15.02.13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5xMYRBpLSI&feature=player_embedded

this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MwzYnJ5rIjw

and this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs5rk3YkRuM

turn the volume down for this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LDfvsEHztZg


what time will DA-14 be in the satellite belt?

  

[Edited 2013-02-15 00:04:26]


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7859 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Lots and lots of sonic booms and broken glass. Buzzfeed has a lot of videos posted there. About 100 or so were injured by the broken glass. I guess this may be why people are none to happy about that hypersonic aircraft thing that Boeing is making  


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Has anybody done the math to see how high it was when it blew up?

 Wow!  



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User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):

Most reports say about 10000 meters (or 35000 feet) but no sources are ever mentioned so I'd take this with a truck load of salt.



Cheers
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

Meteorite hits Russian Urals: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, up to 500 injured (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

check out the comments!
http://rt.com/news/meteorite-crash-urals-chelyabinsk-283/comments/

one of the comments,
'Hi. I am from Chelyabinsk. I saw the meteor show with my own eyes. There are smashed windows all over the city. One of the manufactory buildings of the Zinc Plant is destroyed. Its roof and half of the building is just gone.'

This video shows the explosion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UyI14L79T0&feature=youtu.be



This is likely the most documented major meteor strike in human history by the video evidence
but what if this was just a companion to DA-14?

 Wow!  

[Edited 2013-02-15 02:30:58]


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2864 times:

Too late for edit:

This Russian chap who lives 300 kms from Chelyabinsk is gathering videos and information as it comes in:

http://say26.com/meteorite-in-russia-all-videos-in-one-place

  



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User currently offlinetu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2802 times:

Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev made comments that hint on the need to create a system by the world's major powers to work on a way to protect our planet from future possible meteor impacts...wonder what will come from this.


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User currently offlineogre727 From UK - England, joined Feb 2005, 723 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Maybe this is a silly question, but has a plane ever been hit by falling debris from a meteor?


Sigh
User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

Quoting tu204 (Reply 10):
Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev made comments that hint on the need to create a system by the world's major powers to work on a way to protect our planet from future possible meteor impacts...wonder what will come from this.

Obviously, Star Wars. Perhaps an international death star?



Cheers
User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3040 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2692 times:

Twelve replies and no "In Soviet Russia, space explores you" reference? You people are getting slow!

Seriously, I find this an extraordinary event, though I hope that no injuries are serious.



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User currently offlinetu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 12):

Actually I take this matter seriously and I am happy that one of the top politicians of a world power is thinking about this.
Obviously it is too much for one country to take on by itself, but maybe pooling resources will get some result. Also, I totally understand that nothing can be done now, but maybe in 50 years there will be a solution - a solution that we will only come to if we start working NOW!



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8917 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Oops, the secret has leaked. It was Obama's fault http://www.weather.com/news/meteor-hits-earth-20130215

"Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, said "It's not meteors falling. It's the test of a new weapon by the Americans," the RIA Novosti news agency reported."



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User currently offlinetu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 15):

Yeah, he (Zhirinivksy) is our class clown, kind of like your McCain, but worse.
He's the reason we watch the evening news...



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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6159 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2498 times:
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Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 15):
"Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, said "It's not meteors falling. It's the test of a new weapon by the Americans

That sounds like the kind of thing North Korea would be saying.

Quoting tu204 (Reply 14):
Actually I take this matter seriously and I am happy that one of the top politicians of a world power is thinking about this.
Obviously it is too much for one country to take on by itself, but maybe pooling resources will get some result. Also, I totally understand that nothing can be done now, but maybe in 50 years there will be a solution - a solution that we will only come to if we start working NOW!

If anyone could tackle the problem it would be the USA and Russia, considering the amount of space related experience the two countries have. The USA needs to get back into space and this is a good reason. .

Quoting 4holer (Reply 13):
"In Soviet Russia, space explores you" reference?

I am sure Yakov Smirnoff is already working on some jokes.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Russia Academy of Sciences estimates size of Urals meteor at 10 tons before it entered Earth’s atmosphere

  

[Edited 2013-02-15 09:06:24]


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Amazing videos. I REALLY hope one of those never strikes my home! Lucky nobody was more seriously hurt given the level of damage in the immediate area.


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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 18):

Russia Academy of Sciences estimates size of Urals meteor at 10 tons before it entered Earth’s atmosphere

That's tiny. A little bigger than a refrigerator.



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User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Quoting tu204 (Reply 14):
Actually I take this matter seriously and I am happy that one of the top politicians of a world power is thinking about this.
Obviously it is too much for one country to take on by itself, but maybe pooling resources will get some result. Also, I totally understand that nothing can be done now, but maybe in 50 years there will be a solution - a solution that we will only come to if we start working NOW!

Well I don't.

It's a freak occurence that only happens once in tens or maybe hundreds of years, does not necessarily have deadly consequences (mostly material damage and light wounds) and although it is indeed terrible for those who suffer through it, it is VERY FAR from being serious enough to justify any kind of funding for protection. Especially when you imagine the size of the funding needed.

Just compare this to a Tsunami like the one in 2004 and the Fukushima one, which are a hell of a lot more devastating (tens of thousands of deaths, hundreds of thousands in the case of the 2004 one), and do happen a lot more regularly.

Sorry, I'm taking the objective line on this topic, and the objective line is, NONE of this justifies funding for ANYTHING.

[Edited 2013-02-15 09:34:29]


Cheers
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2376 times:

spb.itar-tass.com
Officially from Russian Academy of Sciences

Google translation

MOSCOW, February 15. / ITAR-TASS /. Weight Chelyabinsk meteorite was in front of the air 10 tons. His energy was reached several kilotons, and speed - up to 20 km / s. These are the initial estimates of wounds received in the result, although preliminary, but comprehensive scientific study of natural phenomena. This correspondent. ITAR-Tass reported today by the press service of the Russian Academy of Sciences / RAS /.

"This morning in the city of Chelyabinsk region registered a decline of the cosmic body, which caused a bright flash of light and a strong shock wave, - informs the Academy of Sciences. - According to our estimates, the body was a few meters, the weight of the order of ten tons, the energy of a few kilotons. Entered the body atmosphere at a speed of 15-20 km / s, collapsed at an altitude of 30-50 km. "

The main energy will be released at an altitude of 5-15 km, according to the report on the RAS. Movement of fragments at high speed caused powerful glow and a strong shock wave. The main part of the substance of the falling body has evaporated / burned down / left pieces of stalled and could fall to the ground as meteorites.

The bodies of this size fall several times a year, but usually burn at high altitudes / 30-50 km /. Considered body seems to be very strong, probably iron. The last time a similar phenomenon was observed in Russia in 2002 / Vitim bolide /.

More accurate estimates can be given after receipt of all the information available, the press service of the Russian Academy of Sciences.



Russian space agency Roskosmos has confirmed the object that crashed in the Chelyabinsk region is a meteorite: “According to preliminary estimates, this space object is of non-technogenic origin and qualifies as a meteorite. It was moving at a low trajectory with a speed of about 30 km/s.


First image of meteor impact
https://twitter.com/Sergej_Korn/status/302389780245782528/photo/1


Weather sattelite Meteosat 10 has taken an image of the meteriote shortly after entering the atmosphere.(Copyright 2013 © EUMETSAT)
http://rt.com/news/meteorite-crash-urals-chelyabinsk-283/

[Edited 2013-02-15 11:00:02]


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Russian meteor largest in a century
Explosion rivalled nuclear blast, but rock was still too small for advance-warning networks to spot.

"It was a very, very powerful event," says Margaret Campbell-Brown, an astronomer at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, who has studied data from two infrasound stations near the impact site. Her calculations show that the meteoroid was approximately 15 metres across when it entered the atmosphere, and put its mass at around 40 tonnes. "That would make it the biggest object recorded to hit the Earth since Tunguska," she says.

http://www.nature.com/news/russian-meteor-largest-in-a-century-1.12438



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

If the russians are serous about preventing these incidents in the future they need to ask themselves, "What would Bruce Willis do?"


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User currently offlineOlegShv From Sweden, joined Mar 2006, 683 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 24):
If the russians are serous about preventing these incidents in the future they need to ask themselves, "What would Bruce Willis do?"

I'm sure Putin and Medvedev will have this guy on speed dial soon  


User currently offlinealberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2941 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

Imagine if something like this would have occurred over the skies of NYC, chaos would have ensued.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=inPclE7RwFY#!

imagine all the glass windows of a major metropolitan city blowing out

 Wow!



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User currently offlinepvjin From Finland, joined Mar 2012, 1362 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2225 times:

Hmm yeah, I think it would have been much more entertaining if this had happened around New York or some other major US city.

I bet many people wouldn't have been even nearly as calm as people in these videos.



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User currently offlineJalap From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 28, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 9):
Too late for edit:

This Russian chap who lives 300 kms from Chelyabinsk is gathering videos and information as it comes in:

http://say26.com/meteorite-in-russia...place

Thanks for that link. The videos from inside the offices probably are the most scary ones. They show how strong the shockwave was in a setting that's familiar to most of us.
There must have been hundres injured because they went to the windows to see what that light was... . And I'm quite certain that I would be at the window as well in such an event.


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6467 posts, RR: 32
Reply 29, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
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Quoting Spacepope (Reply 20):
That's tiny. A little bigger than a refrigerator.

I suppose that would depend on the composition. It is said it was made of Iron. Likely, given the damage and the factit made it all the way down.

What´s really scary, is that people are saying this was a great coincidence. That on the day the biggest thing in decades passes so close to Earth, this happens. What I´m thinking is, what if this was not a coincidence at all, rather that this happens all the time, but we don´t see the object and we don´t know?


User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5712 posts, RR: 6
Reply 30, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

Quoting pvjin (Reply 27):

I bet many people wouldn't have been even nearly as calm as people in these videos.

I've seen videos where people are panicking, especially after the shock wave hit. It really does sound like artillery fire.

Quoting Jalap (Reply 28):
There must have been hundres injured because they went to the windows to see what that light was

1200 people have been reported injured, the vast majority by flying glass. I'd say it's a safe bet that's exactly what happened.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 29):

What´s really scary, is that people are saying this was a great coincidence. That on the day the biggest thing in decades passes so close to Earth, this happens. What I´m thinking is, what if this was not a coincidence at all, rather that this happens all the time, but we don´t see the object and we don´t know?

Finding a rock the size of a 52' semi in Earth's path at the distance of the moon is like trying to find a bullet headed your way fired from over 7 miles away.

It's safe to say, you're gonna miss almost all of them.



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User currently offlineprebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6515 posts, RR: 54
Reply 31, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

Quoting tu204 (Reply 10):
Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev made comments that hint on the need to create a system by the world's major powers to work on a way to protect our planet from future possible meteor impacts...wonder what will come from this.

It already happens on a wide international scale, not only by "major powers", but many large and small countries. I'm not sure whether Russia already participates, but Denmark certainly does through its participation in ESO.

It is, however, not possible to detect them this small. But 2012 DA14, which passed 17,200 miles over much the same spot of planet earth just 12 hours later, is a good example of this cooperation. It was discovered because its orbit around the sun is not too dissimilar to the orbit of the earth, and because it is roughly 1000 times larger (200,000 tonnes). But still it was discovered to late to do anything about it.

A large number of minor objects are constantly tracked, and realistic plans are discussed to do something in case we get a decent warning, say 20 years. Even a small push of a rocket rocket engine may put one out of harms way if done early enough, say 10 or 100 years in advance depending on circumstances.

That won't make us safe from large objects. For instance a million tonnes heavy micro comet heading directly at us from the Oort Cloud would still be impossible to detect in time, and even if detected little could be done since comets are believed to consist of very lose snow (icy water, ammonia, methane, CO2 etc.) and some rubble. Some theorists say that it may be possible to fly a nuclear bomb into the comet center and blow it apart. That might transform a serious incident into a sceptacular meteor shower.



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13170 posts, RR: 15
Reply 32, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

I guess Chicken Little was right 'The sky is falling...the sky is falling'....

This was an extraordinary event, one that was able to be captured in real time, something that will be very important source of study of meteors.


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 33, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 29):
I suppose that would depend on the composition. It is said it was made of Iron. Likely, given the damage and the factit made it all the way down.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20130215.html

The meteor never made it to the ground it seems. Bounced out of the atmosphere.

Newest estimates are 17m diameter, 10,000 tons. That would put it in the stony-iron category with that density

Meteor Crater in Arizona was caused by an object of similar size. If it impacted ground, we would know about it.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 34, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Meteorite/DA14 unrelated but still...

Satellite falling from orbit?

Fireball Streaks Across Bay Area Sky

Did you see it?
On a day that had a lot of people talking about meteorites and asteroids, a fireball of some sort was seen streaking across the Bay Area skies.
The fireball was seen around 7:45 p.m.
There are reports into the newsroom from people as far north as Fairfield and as far south as Gilroy. It was also seen in Sacramento, Newark, Walnut Creek, and St. Helena.
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local...Across-Bay-Area-Sky-191503601.html

Lots of near Earth flying objects lately.

 Wow!  



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 35, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

Too late for edit

In Cuba also...
A celestial body explodes in Cuba

Google translation
Cuba, 15.02.2013 Residents of a locality 'in the central region of Cuba said they had seen an object that fell from the sky and exploded with a great noise, which shook the houses of the place: it is learned from testimonies collected by local television. In service published this morning by Rodas, town in the province of Cienfuegos, witnesses described a very bright light that has come to have large size, comparable to that of a bus, before exploding in the sky.

http://www.rainews24.rai.it/it/news.php?newsid=174956

and this:
(translated)

Huge explosion in the sky in Cuba Meanwhile, also from Cuba has been reported in an explosion sky. In the central region of the island has seen an object that fell from the sky and exploded with a great noise, which shook the houses in the place, reports on local television. In a report released this morning by Rodas, town in the province of Cienfuegos, witnesses described a very bright light that has come to have large size, comparable to that of a bus, before exploding in the sky. Marcos Rodriguez, a resident in region, as defined by the issuer an expert, reported that "everything seems to indicate that it was a fireball, which is a fragment of stone and metal that enters the Earth's atmosphere at high speed." Experts are now examining the area for possible remains Rodas minerals falling from the sky, the TV station added.

http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2013...a_meteoriti_sciame_urali-52681067/

 Wow!



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User currently offlinetu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 17
Reply 36, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 21):

I meant that we should work on a way to protect ourselves from cosmic bodies in general. I realize that this one in particular does not warrant an "intercept". But what if the angle would have been steeper and it would not be an air burst, but a direct impact on...let's say...Tokyo?



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10925 posts, RR: 37
Reply 37, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Quoting tu204 (Reply 36):
what if the angle would have been steeper and it would not be an air burst

These types of objects explode in the lower atmosphere.

Russian meteorite blast explained: Fireball explosion equal to 20 Hiroshimas
Russian scientists investigating the meteorite explosion in the Urals explained the nature of the event that caused havoc in the region. NASA meanwhile said that the shockwave from the blast was equivalent to a 300-kiloton explosion.
The object was identified as a solitary 10-ton bolide by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN). Bolides, or bright fireballs, are large meteors that explode in the lower atmosphere, and unlike meteorite showers they can be dangerous, scientists explained.

read more:
http://rt.com/news/scientists-explain-chelyabinsk-bolide-337/


'Largest since Tunguska': Chelyabinsk meteorite may take second place for size in over a century
Friday’s meteorite which struck Chelyabinsk carried a mass of around 40 tonnes, possibly making it the largest recorded object to hit the Earth since Tunguska. It was around 15 meters across when it entered the atmosphere, according to one expert.
“It was a very, very, powerful event,” astronomer at the University of Ontario, Margaret Campbell-Brown, told Nature.com.
But despite its size, it wasn't the meteorite's landing that caused the damage.

read more:
http://rt.com/news/meteor-explosion-chelyabinsk-tunguska-313/


  



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User currently offlinetu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 17
Reply 38, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

http://cheladmin.ru/news/sergey-davy...-zhertv-i-sereznyh-razrusheniy-net link in Russian from the Governor.
Basically says that
- schools, day cares and hospitals should be back to normal on Monday.
- any carpenter or person with experience in the field of window installations are urged to volunteer their time to help with measurements and replacement of damaged windows. The amount of broken windows is immense and it is -15 outside. Windows are a priority.
- the government will replace all damaged and broken glass FOR FREE.
- In all, windows have been destroyed in: almost 3000 apartment BUILDINGS!! (the smallest apartment buildings have at least 20 apartments), 41 medical buildings, 34 hospitals and clinics, 361 child-related buildings (schools and daycares).
- the total surface area of destroyed windows come to over 100,000 square meters.

- the government wants to thank construction companies and contractors that immediately volunteered their time and materials to repair hospitals and other top priority buildings.
- there are 2 serious injuries. One is a woman with a broken spine who is being medevaced to Moscow for emergency surgery. (the last Item I got from another article)

[Edited 2013-02-16 02:09:31]


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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5712 posts, RR: 6
Reply 39, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

Quoting Spacepope (Reply 33):
The meteor never made it to the ground it seems. Bounced out of the atmosphere.

No, the pieces that weren't vaporized made it to the ground. There's a rather large hole in a frozen lake that was most likely made by one of the pieces.



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User currently offlinetu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 17
Reply 40, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 39):

Army divers are trying to find the fragments in the lake. I don't envy their job.



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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5712 posts, RR: 6
Reply 41, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Quoting tu204 (Reply 40):
Army divers are trying to find the fragments in the lake. I don't envy their job.

There's a reason Russia has basically never been invaded by outsiders.

 



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User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 3
Reply 42, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1542 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 34):
Lots of near Earth flying objects lately.


Not to worry, I just caught a you tube clip of a CNN anchor pressing and shouting down an astronomer with the anchor claiming meteors and asteroids are caused by global warming.
All we have to do is everyone buy a GM Volt and all the meteors and asteroids will just disappear, simple.

Okie


User currently offlinetu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1251 posts, RR: 17
Reply 43, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

Sorry, posting from an iPad, so for your sources, refer to Wikipedia.
The fragments of the meteor have been found. Fragments are small - the larger fragment at the bottom of the lake is still being searched for. The academy of science is saying that the army divers just didn't know what to look for and want to send their own divers down.

On a lighter note, the Russian Prosecutor has opened an investigation against several individuals claiming that they have some fragments of the object and are selling it on EBay.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 44, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 21):
Sorry, I'm taking the objective line on this topic, and the objective line is, NONE of this justifies funding for ANYTHING.

I couldn't possibly agree more ! Who's making all of the "noise" about "let's DO something" ? A couple of politicians !

Who "know" exactly what ? absolutely NOTHING; (about how to "deal" withe solar-orbiting "bodies" that "may" or "may not" ever impact planet Earth, in a highly populated area. Anyone who has ever been interested in astronomy, and has read all of the popular astronomy magazines and books over the last 50 or so years, will have already read dozens of articles, many written by the the best and brightest minds in the field, about this "potential problem".

Yes, the world (as a whole) is a very dangerous place; some places are much more dangerous than other places; (certain areas of Chicago come to mind) scientists have been theorizing for years and years now, just what possibly could realistically be done to "lessen" this threat. And every "study", every "project" to date has always reached the SAME conclusion; "probably not much"! If you really want to know what humanities BEST "protection" from being obliterated by falling material from inter-planetary space is, the answer is surprisingly simple; it's the FACT that about 99.9% or earth's population lives on "land", and "land" only accounts for something like 23% of our planet's total area. At the end of the proverbial day, we have the "laws of probability" working for us. ( which will continue to afford us about 9,999,997 times MORE "protection" than ANYTHING any politician could ever think up.)

Think about this; every time something like this happens, there are ALWAYS lots and lots of "stories" written about it, at least an equal number of news reports, etc. etc. etc. who do you suppose DOES all of that writing and all of that reporting ? The very people who know the very least ! The same people who are fortunate to "report" a traffic accident accurately. Maybe, just maybe.....you may occasionally "get lucky" and hear some extremely bright guy, such as Michio Kaku explain it to you, but that's the rare exception to the rule.

Come to think of it, we do have one other thing "going for us", to greatly lessen the probability of ever being obliterated by orbiting "bodies"; and that would be our very BRIEF human life spans; if you were a sequoia tree, or a bristle cone pine tree, you may be exposed to somewhat more "probability", as those species have a much longer life span, something on the order of as much as 4,000 yrs or so; you're not going to "be here" more than a hundred years at best; worrying about getting killed by a meteorite is a lot like "hoping" to win the lottery; someone is, but the "odds" are very slight; (and NOT any where near enough making it "cost effective" to "implement some scheme", (thought up by some politician !)

Charley



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