Allen262: cc_rider: Allen262: [img59.imageshack.us image 344x231]/gif on Google home page...It's a conspiracy!Did it play for you?
Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?
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...
SJKebab: Civil_War2_Time: It didn't "skip" off the atmosphere.That was what I was trying to imply initially.Civil_War2_Time: "Skipping" is a term used to describe that it was going faster than 17,500mph (escape velocity per 9.81m/s^2), and thus if it never slowed to that speed, it continued on through the atmosphere and on its way out if there was enough mass left.You know, I never really thought it through properly. I always just had that mental image of a rock skipping over a pond when hit at just the right angle, and never thought about it again. Above in response to Kim Jong Un, I was forced to think it through a bit more and realised the physics are more complicated and so I have no idea what would be "expected" to happen like I originally thought I did.That said though, I never really considered the possibility of an object aimed "just right" and plowing through the atmosphere, with enough escape velocity at the end to ensure a safe exit. I always thought of it more as a "bounce" rather than a "pierce". I suppose the effect is the latter but its thought of as the former?/tired and rambly now...
brantgoose: object was probably a lot smaller than DA14, which would have an impact of about 3 megatonnes, close to the Tunguska event,
santadog: At what point is it no longer a meteor "shower"?
fusillade762: 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...Maybe that was the sound of impact and not a sonic boom?
cantsleep: Damn mayans were lousy with math.
B.L.Z. Bub: Am I going to die?
JRoo: B.L.Z. Bub: Am I going to die?Not if you join my religion, pay me money, repeat whatever I tell you is the truth, and live and die by an arbitrarily set list of contradictory nonsensical rules.
thenumber5: "Hey, did you know thatHot Fudge Sundae falls on a Tuesday this month?"
SJKebab: Apparently I don't know how to copy a twitter post now, but Phil is convinced its a coincidence.
Ed Grubermann: thenumber5: "Hey, did you know thatHot Fudge Sundae falls on a Tuesday this month?"*buries my copies of "The Way Things Work" in my septic tank*
cc_rider: Allen262: cc_rider: Allen262: [img59.imageshack.us image 344x231]/gif on Google home page...It's a conspiracy!Did it play for you?Couldn't get it off Fark. I just loaded Google's home page.
zerkalo: Crazy Russian Farkers and their photoshopes[cs6081.userapi.com image 800x533]
mr lawson: I had a vision last night of this happening....way too funny!/sigh//i love life
brantgoose: This meteorite is unlikely to be related to DA14. Remember that the Earth is travelling at 66,000 mph (108,000 km per hour) in its orbit--in 12 hours it travels nearly 800,000 miles or 1,300,000 kilometers. Assuming that the asteroid will pass us at a nearly perpendicular angle, this meteorite is probably not a chunk of the same rock--when an object breaks up at high speed in space, the pieces more or less stay in the same orbit and fairly close together. If you look at multiple craters, they form a series not unlike bullets fired from an airplane. There are several examples on websites dedicated to meteorite impacts as well as double craters (you can see many examples of these on Mars and the Moon).We annually pass through meteor showers that are the debris of disintegrated comets and meteors and these hit us in a buckshot pattern from a point centered around the path of the comet or asteroid of which they were part.From what I have gathered from a quick and superficial reading of web posts, the object was probably a lot smaller than DA14, which would have an impact of about 3 megatonnes, close to the Tunguska event, which flattened thousands of square miles of Siberian spruce and which was observed from thousands of miles away. This object seems to have hit less than 250 miles from the sightings which means it was impressive but not unheard of in size or speed. There are many "Fortean" reports of bright objects in the sky and the noises (explosions, sizzling, hissing) associated with them. This is a rare event but has probably happened a number of times in your lifetme with somewhat smaller explosions.It probably broke up about 26,000-36,000 feet up. The delay between the sightings and the boom is due to the fact that it is much higher and faster than it looks when it passed over the cameras, and thus more distant than you might think when it hit.I have seen a meteor break up (silently, and thus far away) but it was nothing like this one. That thing came i ...
DeadBaby: I saw a huge meteor break up in the sky when I was 15 years old in the summer of 2001. I was on a camping trip with some friends and he had just crossed over into Canada and found a camp ground to stay for the night. I was being a young stupid hard ass, so I thought I'd rough it and sleep on a picnic table while everyone else was in tents or the camper.Luckily for me, I was able to see the most amazing thing I'll probably ever see. I saw this really bright light start to come through the trees and at first I thought it was a spotlight on a helicopter, even though I couldn't hear anything like a helicopter. So I was lying there and this light starts cascading through the trees and the spot of light travels from the edge of the sky where my feet were point towards my head, so basically along my body.At about the time it was directly overhead it started to seriously break up into small fragments but the fragments kept going and going. I sat up on the table and watched as they kept on going over me and past me, out towards the horizon.I was pretty well in shock because the damn thing had been huge and I had never seen anything like it. So I got up and started waking up everyone else to try and catch the end of it. People got up and were tired but encouraging but they just wanted to go back to bed.So after maybe thirty seconds I was back on my table and I heard this amazing BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM and I could feel it throughout my entire body. It's been 12 years, so I can't say for sure, but it felt like it went on for a long time. Everyone got back out of their tents and got up to look around. At first I thought maybe the meteor had hit something, but then I realized it was just a very delayed sonic boom and that the meteor had been VERY high up in the atmosphere.It was a very awesome experience and from then on I always sleep on the picnic table if I get the chance.
Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails chemtrails?
tinfoil-hat maggie: 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.
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