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Meteorite going down over russia

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Madhed    4095

So this just happened this morning.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/15/hundreds-injured-meteorite-russian-city-chelyabinsk

 

I think this is the best footage I have ever seen (has ever been recorded?) of a meteor entering the atmosphere. Hooray for cheap, modern technology!

It's amazing that the shockwave was able to break windows below and even collapse the roof of a factory, considering the trajectory probably went 20km or something above the ground! EDIT: 30-50km

 

I hope the people injured recover quickly, all the best wishes to them.

 

Edit: As Milcho pointed out, that was actually a meteor. Meteorites are the ones actually hitting the ground

Edited by Madhed

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Icebone1000    1958

No one warned about it? No one knew the damage would be considerable (ppl injured), in the case someone detected the meteor?  "so dont worry, is not a missile" ?

Did they just hide the fact cause they could do nothing about it, so probably better not scaring anyone?

Thats so fucked up man, I though humans where well capable of detecting things like that

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MilchoPenchev    1178

I know a lot of people were hurt, and this isn't in disrespect to them, but holy smokes was that amazing!

 

I used to go out in the desert in Arizona to watch any meteor showers I could see, and they're just little tiny streaks in the sky, but this is a lot more fascinating to watch.

I know that there's a number of similar but smaller events that occur somewhat commonly on Earth, but its always cool to see such a big meteor on footage.

Also, wasn't it Meteor if it doesn't hit the ground, and meteorite if it does? 

 

And on a hilarious note, one of the Russian party leaders apparently called this "a test of new American weapons,"

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Madhed    4095

Also, wasn't it Meteor if it doesn't hit the ground, and meteorite if it does?

 

I guess you're right. Apparently, I don't know anything about that stuff... let's just call it a space rock.

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alh420    5995

Even the huge ones surprise us sometimes, if they come from the wrong angle. Space is a very big and very empty place.

And objects like this can have very long cycles, meaning they only pass within detectable ranges every few thousand years or so.

 

It's not at all unthinkable that we would only get a few months or weeks warning before a flying mountain slams into us.

It's a very real danger to our life on earth, and one of the reasons space exploration is vital for our survival as a species.

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MilchoPenchev    1178

I guess you're right.

Well, i don't know - i'm asking cause even the site you linked calls it a meteorite (and presumably the Guardian, which is somewhat reputable i guess, does its research). 

I'm not sure of the exact classifications, like for example, if the meteor breaks up and pieces fall to the ground - are those pieces meteorites or is the meteor now called meteorite?

 

Space is a very big and very empty place.

This doesn't necessarily apply to floating rocks and such, but space being very empty makes some types of detection easier. What I'm thinking of is that one site that talked about no stealth in space - but it was generally based on radiation differences - so an object that has a significant (a few dozen kelvin?) temperature difference from space (which is near 2 Kelvin or so) should be easily detectable... at least in theory.

Edited by Milcho

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alh420    5995

Well, no i'm asking cause even the site you linked calls it a meteorite (and presumably the Guardian, which is somewhat reputable i guess, does its research). 

I'm not sure of the exact classifications, like for example, if the meteor breaks up and pieces fall to the ground - are those pieces meteorites or is the meteor now called meteorite?

 

http://www.beedictionary.com/common-errors/meteor_vs_meteorite_vs_meteoroid

 

 

I'm not at all surprised over news outlets getting that wrong... They commonly confuse "galaxy" with "solar system"... (thats like confusing planets with grains of sand...)

Edited by Olof Hedman

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noisecrime    817

Hmm. Ok i'm confused,

 

Russian Metor 30-50Km above ground, caused massive fireball and (probably) exploded in the air.

 

2012 DA14 will pass within about 17,200 miles, thats approx 27Km, but nothing to worry about!

 

What am I missing here? (apart from my morning coffee ;) )

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noisecrime    817

Opps, thanks Madhed and Milcho. In my head I treated 50km as 50,000km for some stupid reason. I knew something was wrong, just couldn't see it - I blame lack of coffee ;)

 

At least the Earth is safe for another day ;)

Edited by noisecrime

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JTippetts    12949

Milcho, on 15 Feb 2013 - 07:03, said:
And on a hilarious note, one of the Russian party leaders apparently called this "a test of new American weapons,"[/size]

Better watch out Russia. We're gonna break ALL the windows.

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CC Ricers    1491

Things like this remind me of how vulnerable we still are from these dangers.  Tracking the big ones is one thing, but do we still have a ways to go from being able to plan the mitigation of future impacts from them?

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Milcho, on 15 Feb 2013 - 07:03, said:
And on a hilarious note, one of the Russian party leaders apparently called this "a test of new American weapons,"[/size]

Better watch out Russia. We're gonna break ALL the windows.


Petty vandalism, ftw!
...but we forgot to spray-paint "Kilroy was here" on the meteor.

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cowsarenotevil    3002

What am I missing here?

From a quick google search: 

The asteroid will pass 27,700 km (17,200 mi) from the surface of Earth.

So.. perhaps a factor of 1000? smile.png

 


Alternatively he could be reading km as kilo-miles instead of kilometers...

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slicer4ever    6760

damn, i woudn't know what to think if i saw that streak across the sky.

 

i hope this get's people thinking more about advocating space exploration, this could have easily been a decimating event.

 

A funny thing in the comments of the OP's link, the people are talking about how if this had just happened just a couple decades ago, we might be all hiding in nuclear shelter's right now.

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Krohm    5030

Really?

I thought it was a joke.

C'mon, Russia is so big and empty. It's fairly difficult to hit a town. Well, shit happens I guess!

It seems only 20 people were hospitalized. I guess they have all been "lucky" somehow, I know a dude who were struck by a blast years ago, it isn't pretty, I hope they'll be fine.

A funny thing in the comments of the OP's link, the people are talking about how if this had just happened just a couple decades ago, we might be all hiding in nuclear shelter's right now.

Nah, they're cool now, dropping random shit.[attachment=13647:RussiaMeteorShit.png]

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