amindofiron: I always assumed it was going to take a nice several kiloton nickel iron based tap on the shoulder before humanity got it's head out of it's ass and decided to put up a proper skyguard. I really hope this was enough rather then having to wait for one of these to actually *land* on a major city.
Giltric: Just guessing but it looked like it exploded in or skipped out of the atmosphere.
Giltric: netgamer7k: Why are there multiple booms? One video I saw had almost a dozen booms. Did the rock split in pieces, or do sound waves travel oddly?Just guessing but it looked like it exploded in or skipped out of the atmosphere.In most of the vids I've seen the contrail and light first appears then the light gets super bright right around where the double contrail is persisting then the contrail thins out and disappears.The multiple booms would be a combo of it exploding and all the individual pieces generating their own shockwaves.
lousyskater: Hope they have meteor insurance.
Coelacanth: tinfoil-hat maggie: Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?It broke up?What's the difference between this and a bolide?
WorldCitizen: Giltric: Just guessing but it looked like it exploded in or skipped out of the atmosphere.And the big hole in that building?
kim jong-un: lousyskater: Hope they have meteor insurance.They do, unfortunately once it is on Earth it is a meteorite and they didn't get that coverage. DENIED.(That said, the irony is that meteor damage is likely to net you money. Meteorites are worth a lot of money. And a meteorite that is as fresh as this one, is worth a farkton. If you can get one before it rains or gets wet, its worth a lot to scientists. Basically its a space rock, delivered on their doorstep, with no contamination. The last time we got a hold of any significant amount of untainted extraterrestrial rock was during the Apollo missions. There were a few in between, but not of any significant amount, so something like this is worth millions.
PowerSlacker: My local Fox affiliate is showing meteorite footage...nothing on CNN.Awesome.
PreMortem: That was a helluva lot of energy.Looking forward to estimates of how big it was pre-entry, once they figure out what it was made of.
rwa2: Notabunny: Stretch_8: Sonic boom goodness here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Np_mpGYSBSA#!So that's what "Holy shiat!" sounds like in RussianMy wife says it translates more into "fark!"She doesn't know what "blatt" translates to... she just knows that it's bad.
JRoo: [i21.photobucket.com image 400x320]From the only War Of The Worlds movie worth watching.
tinfoil-hat maggie: Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?It broke up?
TheManWho: JRoo: [i21.photobucket.com image 400x320]From the only War Of The Worlds movie worth watching.Only "War of the Worlds" musical worth listening to.Seriously, don't listen to the new generation version.
Notabunny: PreMortem: That was a helluva lot of energy.Looking forward to estimates of how big it was pre-entry, once they figure out what it was made of.1. TWSS2. You'll need a baby arm for comparison3. Pure beefcake, baby
recoil47: Here is what I don't get: The videos show the sky with the two smoke trails for a good 30-60 seconds, and THEN there's a loud sonic boom, long after those would have hit. One video even panned around after the boom to try to see if it was another meteorite, but saw nothing. What caused the sonic boom? It didn't appear to be the meteorite, or at least nothing captured as falling from the sky on film...
Warchild: Fark broke Russian machine (that never breaks)
DownDaRiver: I'm watching Battle for Los Angles right now./so kick and all//actualy, not too bad of a movie
lousyskater: Hopefully it was just a coincidence and not just the first of an entire shower of the damn things.
clear_prop: netgamer7k: Why are there multiple booms? One video I saw had almost a dozen booms. Did the rock split in pieces, or do sound waves travel oddly?The rock likely split, and each piece makes its own boom, or if the pieces are big and oddly shaped, a single piece might have multiple booms. Supersonic planes often have a double boom from a bow wave and a tail wave.
tinfoil-hat maggie: Phil says he doesn't think that is the one everyone has been talking about.
12349876: WorldCitizen: Giltric: Just guessing but it looked like it exploded in or skipped out of the atmosphere.And the big hole in that building?The sonic boom caused a weak roof to collapse. My guess.
ontariolightning: Meteorite type explosions being reported in germany and finland
12349876: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/02/15/breaking_huge_met e or_explodes_over_russia.html
amindofiron: ontariolightning: Meteorite type explosions being reported in germany and finlandI suppose it's possible, sounds like the right orbital track. Not gonna buy it in any real way without pics and such of course.
SJKebab: tinfoil-hat maggie: Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?It broke up?That's just mean. Where's the valentines day spirit?
me texan: Well nice knowing you Internets. The panic has started. "Asteroid in near earth miss causes damage in Russia". http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000077369&story_title=Worl d :%20Asteroid%20in%20near%20earth%20miss%20cause%20damage%20in%20Russia
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