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(Russian Machine Never Breaks)   At least one meteor strike confirmed in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Conflicting reports suggest moderate damage, possible evacuations underway. (w/multiple dash cam video HolyFarkness) (now w/working link)   (russianmachineneverbreaks.com) divider line 769
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2013-02-15 01:59:24 AM  

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.


I doubt it'll be enough. Its gonna take wiping a major city off the map for anything to be done.
 
2013-02-15 01:59:31 AM  
Seems if there was a missile strike, that would explain the dual contrails.
 
2013-02-15 01:59:53 AM  

Giltric: Just guessing but it looked like it exploded in or skipped out of the atmosphere.


And the big hole in that building?
 
2013-02-15 02:00:19 AM  
Thankfully the Russians didnt think we were attacking them and start turning keys in retaliation.
 
2013-02-15 02:00:20 AM  
Weird. I just watched Chronicle the other day. Coincidence?
 
2013-02-15 02:00:24 AM  
This would have never happened if we had meteors of our own.
 
2013-02-15 02:00:25 AM  

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.


That seems very plausible, not sure wh I didn't think of that when I asked my original question.
 
2013-02-15 02:00:31 AM  
My local Fox affiliate is showing meteorite footage...nothing on CNN.

Awesome.
 
2013-02-15 02:00:37 AM  

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.
 
2013-02-15 02:01:41 AM  

Coelacanth: tinfoil-hat maggie: Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?

It broke up?


What's the difference between this and a bolide?


Well it looks like there were multiples and the hype it's not gonna hit us, and Phil says he doesn't think that is the one everyone has been talking about.
/Strange days indeed
 
2013-02-15 02:01:41 AM  

WorldCitizen: Giltric: Just guessing but it looked like it exploded in or skipped out of the atmosphere.

And the big hole in that building?


if this is the big red brick building, there are intact windows on that. think that would be the case if a hunk of space junk slammed into it at mach 5 or so?
 
2013-02-15 02:01:46 AM  
We'd like a sample of your brain tissue.
 
2013-02-15 02:02:28 AM  

WorldCitizen: Giltric: Just guessing but it looked like it exploded in or skipped out of the atmosphere.

And the big hole in that building?


Vodak inspired construction is my guess. Can't tell if there is a crater in the boiler room though.

If pieces did hit the ground they are worth like 10k a gram or something ridiculous.
 
2013-02-15 02:02:53 AM  

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.


A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
 
2013-02-15 02:02:58 AM  

PowerSlacker: My local Fox affiliate is showing meteorite footage...nothing on CNN.

Awesome.


SHOCKWAVE HAD TO WAIT FOUR MINUTES TO VOTE: SO WHAT?
 
2013-02-15 02:03:58 AM  

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.
 
2013-02-15 02:04:06 AM  

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. TWSS
2. You'll need a baby arm for comparison
3. Pure beefcake, baby
 
2013-02-15 02:04:41 AM  

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 Russian

My wife says it translates more into "fark!"

She doesn't know what "blatt" translates to... she just knows that it's bad.


blatt, or blyad, is similar to coont. It's almost a filler word for them, like how we all say fark
 
2013-02-15 02:05:06 AM  

JRoo: [i21.photobucket.com image 400x320]

From the only War Of The Worlds movie worth watching.


cdn.7static.com

Only "War of the Worlds" musical worth listening to.

Seriously, don't listen to the new generation version.
 
2013-02-15 02:05:27 AM  
fc05.deviantart.net
 
2013-02-15 02:05:33 AM  
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
 
2013-02-15 02:05:39 AM  
I'm watching Battle for Los Angles right now.

/so kick and all
//actualy, not too bad of a movie
 
2013-02-15 02:06:10 AM  
OK, that's fuq'd up.
 
2013-02-15 02:06:42 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?

It broke up?


That's just mean.  Where's the valentines day spirit?
 
2013-02-15 02:07:03 AM  

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.


Eve of war came up in the shuffle only an hour ago. Maybe I should have heeded the warning.


/A million to one, but still they come
 
2013-02-15 02:07:13 AM  

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. TWSS
2. You'll need a baby arm for comparison
3. Pure beefcake, baby


Yeah.. My first line was "I wonder how big it was before it penetrated the atmosphere", but tried to be a little less obvious.
 
2013-02-15 02:07:29 AM  
remember kids, refresh before posting.
 
2013-02-15 02:07:51 AM  

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.


Dude, that musical rocks.

"No Nathaniel! Oh no, Nathaniel, there must be more to life."
 
2013-02-15 02:07:57 AM  
Fark broke Russian machine (that never breaks)
 
2013-02-15 02:08:46 AM  

PowerSlacker: My local Fox affiliate is showing meteorite footage...nothing on CNN.

Awesome.


CNN always seems to be at the end of the line when a breaking news story hits. Fox, MSNBC, Reuters, etc. seem to beat them everytime.
 
2013-02-15 02:08:53 AM  

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...


Sound travels much slower than light. The sky gives your brain no easy references to calculate distance, so it looks a lot closer than it likely was. Combine that with the fact that the speed of sound is lower in high altitudes and that can account for the time differential.
 
2013-02-15 02:08:59 AM  
Hopefully it was just a coincidence and not just the first of an entire shower of the damn things.
 
2013-02-15 02:09:34 AM  

Warchild: Fark broke Russian machine (that never breaks)


In Fark breaks Soviet Union
 
2013-02-15 02:09:42 AM  

DownDaRiver: I'm watching Battle for Los Angles right now.

/so kick and all
//actualy, not too bad of a movie


Movie? I thought it was a recruitment video.
 
2013-02-15 02:10:14 AM  
assets.sbnation.com
 
2013-02-15 02:10:15 AM  

lousyskater: Hopefully it was just a coincidence and not just the first of an entire shower of the damn things.


For anything associated with an object that small, the impacts would have already occured.

/Soft, what light through yonder window bre
 
2013-02-15 02:11:15 AM  

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.



What a double boom might look like.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-15 02:11:56 AM  
Meteorite type explosions being reported in germany and finland
 
2013-02-15 02:13:00 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Phil says he doesn't think that is the one everyone has been talking about.


Phil just repeats what NASA says on these things. He probably won't say anything concrete until they do.

I'd say It's certainly not DA14, because the estimated time difference is too great. But it would seem DA14 brought friends. Let's hope that's the biggest which doesn't pass us by.
 
2013-02-15 02:13:43 AM  
 
2013-02-15 02:14:06 AM  

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.


How do you get a sonic boom to reach ground level if the meteor skips off the atmosphere?
 
2013-02-15 02:14:30 AM  

ontariolightning: Meteorite type explosions being reported in germany and finland


I suppose it's possible, sounds like the right orbital track. Not gonna buy it in any real way without pics and such of course.
 
2013-02-15 02:14:44 AM  

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.


This.

This cartoon is 13 years old, and was originally about 2000 SG344. Still relevant for 2011 AG5, and, it would seem, for this week.

i.imgur.com

Now we can haz a fully-funded spaceguard/skyguard programme? It doesn't matter whether it's implemented like GPS/GLONASS/Compass/Galileo for navigation (separate national efforts that can be used by anyone), or if it's implemented broadly by international convention like the protocols to restore the ozone layer were. It's a basic piece of shared planetary infrastructure that ought to be standard issue for any civilization capable of orbital spaceflight.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, and maybe what we needed was a good kick in our complacency.
 
2013-02-15 02:15:13 AM  

ontariolightning: Meteorite type explosions being reported in germany and finland


Link?

Doggonit... this asteroid is just defecating its lovely contents all over us.
 
2013-02-15 02:15:14 AM  

12349876: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/02/15/breaking_huge_met e or_explodes_over_russia.html


It'll be the end of the world before I go to the crapfest that is slate. Hmm maybe I should rephrase that.

I'd rather get hit by a mete....
 
2013-02-15 02:15:32 AM  

amindofiron: ontariolightning: Meteorite type explosions being reported in germany and finland

I suppose it's possible, sounds like the right orbital track. Not gonna buy it in any real way without pics and such of course.


it was twitter so it could be nothing
 
2013-02-15 02:15:52 AM  

SJKebab: tinfoil-hat maggie: Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?

It broke up?

That's just mean.  Where's the valentines day spirit?


Sorry, but I'm not into it being single might have something to do with it but I get broken up enough.
 
2013-02-15 02:16:16 AM  
Soon to hear the lonesome death of Georgi Verrilsky
 
2013-02-15 02:16:17 AM  

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


Ugh.  Even though most of it was a copy and past from the Reuters feed, that second paragraph made me wince.
 
2013-02-15 02:16:17 AM  
Sorry, must have been that bean I had.

Cool stuff like this always seems to happen in Russia.
 
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