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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 773
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2013-02-15 05:33:39 AM  
Well this is interesting news to wake up to.  Former Soviet closed nuclear city gets hit with a meteor.
 
2013-02-15 05:33:39 AM  

LaughingRadish: PreMortem: LaughingRadish: Too bad it didn't fall somewhere useful... like Mecca.

One already did numbnuts.

If your going to be an efficient bigot, at least educate yourself on the subject.

Yes, I'm quite aware of what the black stone is.  I make a point of researching the things I criticize and lampoon.  Imagine the tizzy that would be stirred up if the fundies realize that Allah, in their minds, turned the Kaaba into a smoking hole in the ground.  You missed my point entirely.


That's not a point, it's a train of thought. You need more than one point. Try harder next time.
 
2013-02-15 05:36:40 AM  

MagSeven: Andromeda: Astronomer checking into this tread- holy fark indeed.  Though this isn't actually that unusual, flashes of this magnitude are recorded by satellites every few years, just that it happened in a populated area.

That said, I'm on overtime now to combat the derp and conspiracy nuts.  If anyone has questions I'm happy to field them.

What caused shattering windows? The sonic boom or the impact? How large was the meteor (or is that meteorite now)?
/first astronomer I've ever conversed with....


One video has the sound of shattering glass at the same time as the boom.  Sonic booms are well-known for damaging buildings, which is why it's a big no-no to fly low and supersonic.
 
2013-02-15 05:36:46 AM  

Oznog: There's an interesting phenomenon where people SWEAR they heard a hissing sound as it trails.

This doesn't seem physically possible. Sound travels at ~ 1000fps (only goes up a bit outside the stratosphere and then slows a bit below 1000 fps in the mesopause), so as shown here, at the altitude a meteor illuminates and usually disintegrates at, it would take more than 3 MINUTES for the sound to get to the surface. And hissing seems to be an illogical sound for it.


I've seen a small meteor break up overhead. (At least, I assume it was small. It tracked about 1/4 or the sky, then broke up into much smaller objects before burning out. I was close enough to see the smaller pieces curving down as the larger piece kept going, much like a spaceship burning up in reentry from a sci-fi movie.) I distinctly heard it. You could describe it as a hiss, but it sounded closer to the kind of 4th of July fireworks that crackle/fizzle instead of go boom.
 
2013-02-15 05:37:11 AM  

The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: This Face Left Blank: radarlove: GranoblasticMan: radarlove: Holy shiat, get a room already.  We're trying to have an apocalypse here.

YEAH, DUH! This is my last friggin chance!

If you're trying to get emergency poon on Fark, you might as well just become a rapist or a necrophile.  It would be a step up.

When you're not in a relationship, isn't ALL poon emergency poon?

[oi45.tinypic.com image 338x301]

This.

Except when it's Maggie, it's like a jackpot.

Without all the jacking >_>

Shazzam!

I was going to make some smartass reply, but I clicked on your profile, and your cats are adorable ^_^

Thanks. They are too cool for school, too. They think they're dogs or monkeys or something...

LOL I definitely love the one on the bottom who's obviously saying something along the lines of, "EFFIN FEED ME, BIATCH!"

Yeah, that's Stormcrow. He definitely lives up to the name. He's the chatty catty. I am sure he was saying FEED ME, at that point in space-time, but all you have to do to get him started is look at him and say: What? Hint: If you don't want that cat up in your sh*t, don't say "What?" or look at him the wrong (right?) way. If you do he'll be all figure-eighty, revved up and talking.


Well shiat, this is Fark so you owe us tons of pics of your kittties doing goofy shiat ^_^ Caturday's coming up quick!
 
2013-02-15 05:37:14 AM  
How long until Putin shows up and claims to have diverted it single handedly with a well aimed rock?
 
2013-02-15 05:38:19 AM  
THANK YOU BATHIA MAPES! I just saw my TotalFarkedness! You're A-OK! I'll try not to get all uppity now that I'm high class, baby!
 
2013-02-15 05:40:18 AM  

REO-Weedwagon: Andromeda: That said, I'm on overtime now to combat the derp and conspiracy nuts. If anyone has questions I'm happy to field them.

I still don't understand how the sonic boom is delayed by minutes. It seems like it should only take maybe one or two seconds.


I know someone that was out tacking pictures of high altitude clouds with his telescope like setup.  He snapped a picture and more than a minute later one of the odd unexplained booms happened over the entire area again.  When he developed the photo, there was a blackbird silhouette in focus at very high altitude.  His photo is in a book about the plane.
 
2013-02-15 05:40:32 AM  
This would have been awesome if it smashed into the Vatican with a full house of pedo protecting geezers just electing their new Pedo Protector.
 
2013-02-15 05:42:57 AM  

PreMortem: Andromeda: Astronomer checking into this tread- holy fark indeed.  Though this isn't actually that unusual, flashes of this magnitude are recorded by satellites every few years, just that it happened in a populated area.

That said, I'm on overtime now to combat the derp and conspiracy nuts.  If anyone has questions I'm happy to field them.

9:36 GMT: There is a high chance that another meteorite could enter the Earth's atmosphere in the next few hours, Sergey Smirnov from Pulkovo Observatory told Vesti news channel.

Do meteors break up outside our atmosphere, like by the sun? I wouldn't think so.

And if they do, do larger pieces arrive first then the smaller ones, vice-versa, or is there no usual pattern?


Sergey's kinda full of shiat- I mean technically there is a 100% chance of a meteorite entering our atmosphere in the next few hours (as hundreds do), but this size?  Not REALLY likely.

Meteors break up if they break up in our atmosphere.  There may be some lag based on their size but everything from this meteor has certainly already hit/ been seen.
 
2013-02-15 05:44:31 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.


What's more likely to happen:
fubegra.net
 
2013-02-15 05:44:39 AM  

Allen262: 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.

I made a smaller one.

[imageshack.us image 344x200]


Thanks. I added a 2nd asteroid to more accurately reflect current events.

i.imgur.com

/technically added a meteoroid
 
2013-02-15 05:45:21 AM  
I am just relieved that RT News has their top reporters covering this.
s20.postimage.org
 
2013-02-15 05:47:35 AM  

TopoGigo: I've seen a small meteor break up overhead. (At least, I assume it was small. It tracked about 1/4 or the sky, then broke up into much smaller objects before burning out. I was close enough to see the smaller pieces curving down as the larger piece kept going, much like a spaceship burning up in reentry from a sci-fi movie.) I distinctly heard it. You could describe it as a hiss, but it sounded closer to the kind of 4th of July fireworks that crackle/fizzle instead of go boom.


More like odd harmonics that your ears were treating as a hiss?  Others have reported the same types of sounds in the past.

There was a hiss and sizzle in the cracks and other sounds hidden under the deep base of the Saturn V and you could hear it after you could see the 1st stage separation and it was only mach 7 or so at the time.
 
2013-02-15 05:48:02 AM  

MagSeven: Andromeda: Astronomer checking into this tread- holy fark indeed.  Though this isn't actually that unusual, flashes of this magnitude are recorded by satellites every few years, just that it happened in a populated area.

That said, I'm on overtime now to combat the derp and conspiracy nuts.  If anyone has questions I'm happy to field them.

What caused shattering windows? The sonic boom or the impact? How large was the meteor (or is that meteorite now)?
/first astronomer I've ever conversed with....


Windows were shattered by the boom from what I gather- I haven't heard real confirmed reports yet about the crater.  It's well understood that the after shocks are really what destroys large amounts of area/ causes damage and usually not the meteor itself (it often explodes into many small fragments so damage from that can be minimal).

No one's found the meteorite yet from what I hear, but estimates I'm reading is this one was about 10 tons.
 
2013-02-15 05:48:11 AM  
In other news, all police in Russia listen to bad dance music in their cruisers.

/who else has dashcams?
 
2013-02-15 05:48:38 AM  

GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: This Face Left Blank: radarlove: GranoblasticMan: radarlove: Holy shiat, get a room already.  We're trying to have an apocalypse here.

YEAH, DUH! This is my last friggin chance!

If you're trying to get emergency poon on Fark, you might as well just become a rapist or a necrophile.  It would be a step up.

When you're not in a relationship, isn't ALL poon emergency poon?

[oi45.tinypic.com image 338x301]

This.

Except when it's Maggie, it's like a jackpot.

Without all the jacking >_>

Shazzam!

I was going to make some smartass reply, but I clicked on your profile, and your cats are adorable ^_^

Thanks. They are too cool for school, too. They think they're dogs or monkeys or something...

LOL I definitely love the one on the bottom who's obviously saying something along the lines of, "EFFIN FEED ME, BIATCH!"

Yeah, that's Stormcrow. He definitely lives up to the name. He's the chatty catty. I am sure he was saying FEED ME, at that point in space-time, but all you have to do to get him started is look at him and say: What? Hint: If you don't want that cat up in your sh*t, don't say "What?" or look at him the wrong (right?) way. If you do he'll be all figure-eighty, revved up and talking.

Well shiat, this is Fark so you owe us tons of pics of your kittties doing goofy shiat ^_^ Caturday's coming up quick!


I'll have to get some of my good pics uploaded and ready...
 
2013-02-15 05:50:44 AM  

Macular Degenerate: In other news, all police in Russia listen to bad dance music in their cruisers.

/who else has dashcams?


In post-Soviet Russia, dashcam record police.
 
2013-02-15 05:51:44 AM  
Trouble in Chelbyville??
 
2013-02-15 05:51:57 AM  

LaughingRadish: Sonic booms are well-known for damaging buildings, which is why it's a big no-no to fly low and supersonic.


When I lived in Huntington, WV for a couple years as a kid, we'd get flyovers that couldn't have been condoned. The first one we ever heard, my mother thought the natural gas dryer we'd just purchased (which she was very speculative of) had exploded in our basement.

Rumors were it was Chuck Yeager out for a spin. He's pretty big in WV, even more-so back then (mid 80s). It was total b.s. (Chuck Yeager "retired" out west somewhere, if still flying and being a badass can be called retirement) but a great story to go tell the new neighbors when they think their house just exploded.
 
2013-02-15 05:53:24 AM  
Well, the Tea Party Community derpers are getting into the action now with thinly veiled fecal references.

s20.postimage.org

I can't wait until the "thanks, Obama" threads start.
 
2013-02-15 05:54:02 AM  

Boojum2k: VTGremlin: Good golly I hope it's an alien invasion. How fun is that going to be!

On a scale of all the alien-invasion books I've read, it ranges from a year long battle to free the world, to a longer entrenched war, to major asteroid impacts or an ecological invasion, to we're all doomed until Dracula gets pissed. So not very fun,


I hated that stupid ending

 
2013-02-15 05:54:19 AM  

TopoGigo: Macular Degenerate: In other news, all police in Russia listen to bad dance music in their cruisers.

/who else has dashcams?

In post-Soviet Russia, dashcam record police.


Pretty much this.  Russians are awful drivers, so lots of people have dash cams just because it's so common that it's needed in the event of an accident to have a record.

Why the fark so many people didn't stop driving when a giant meteor was whizzing across the sky is a much better question IMO.
 
2013-02-15 05:55:22 AM  

The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: This Face Left Blank: radarlove: GranoblasticMan: radarlove: Holy shiat, get a room already.  We're trying to have an apocalypse here.

YEAH, DUH! This is my last friggin chance!

If you're trying to get emergency poon on Fark, you might as well just become a rapist or a necrophile.  It would be a step up.

When you're not in a relationship, isn't ALL poon emergency poon?

[oi45.tinypic.com image 338x301]

This.

Except when it's Maggie, it's like a jackpot.

Without all the jacking >_>

Shazzam!

I was going to make some smartass reply, but I clicked on your profile, and your cats are adorable ^_^

Thanks. They are too cool for school, too. They think they're dogs or monkeys or something...

LOL I definitely love the one on the bottom who's obviously saying something along the lines of, "EFFIN FEED ME, BIATCH!"

Yeah, that's Stormcrow. He definitely lives up to the name. He's the chatty catty. I am sure he was saying FEED ME, at that point in space-time, but all you have to do to get him started is look at him and say: What? Hint: If you don't want that cat up in your sh*t, don't say "What?" or look at him the wrong (right?) way. If you do he'll be all figure-eighty, revved up and talking.

Well shiat, this is Fark so you owe us tons of pics of your kittties doing goofy shiat ^_^ Caturday's coming up quick!

I'll have to get some of my good pics uploaded and ready...


Freakin totally! Goofy cat pics are the whole REASON the INTERNET was INVENTED!
 
2013-02-15 05:57:01 AM  
I have solved the boom noise enigma.

The first two explosive sounds were from the sonic boom of the meteor.

The other noises a couple of seconds later were the sounds from thousands of Russians simultaneously crapping their pants.

--ooh, and thanks to Winterlight for Total Farking me. I'll try to keep the deliberately obtuse remarks coming--
 
2013-02-15 05:57:22 AM  

DON.MAC: TopoGigo: I've seen a small meteor break up overhead. (At least, I assume it was small. It tracked about 1/4 or the sky, then broke up into much smaller objects before burning out. I was close enough to see the smaller pieces curving down as the larger piece kept going, much like a spaceship burning up in reentry from a sci-fi movie.) I distinctly heard it. You could describe it as a hiss, but it sounded closer to the kind of 4th of July fireworks that crackle/fizzle instead of go boom.

More like odd harmonics that your ears were treating as a hiss?  Others have reported the same types of sounds in the past.

There was a hiss and sizzle in the cracks and other sounds hidden under the deep base of the Saturn V and you could hear it after you could see the 1st stage separation and it was only mach 7 or so at the time.


Like I said, I wouldn't describe it as a hiss, but I don't have good words to describe what it really sounded like. I can totally see how somebody would have settled on "hiss" to describe it. It seriously sounded like fireworks. You know, they launch three at a time. One regular nightflower, one big boomer, and one that spreads out 5 or 6 slow-moving projectiles in ballistic arcs that emit sparkles on the way down. The latter makes a sort of crackling/fizzling sound as the projectiles fall. It sounded just like that. It didn't look like there was any violent explosion, just pieces falling off the main body.

Based on what I've heard, that the smallest visible meteors are about the size of a grain of sand, I'd guess we're talking something like a golf-ball sized rock. That's obviously pulled straight out of my rear-mounted fact dispenser, but you get my drift. We're not talking any major event here, just big enough that I clearly remember it as very cool.
 
2013-02-15 05:57:25 AM  

The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: GranoblasticMan: The Snow Dog: This Face Left Blank: radarlove: GranoblasticMan: radarlove: Holy shiat, get a room already.  We're trying to have an apocalypse here.

YEAH, DUH! This is my last friggin chance!

If you're trying to get emergency poon on Fark, you might as well just become a rapist or a necrophile.  It would be a step up.

When you're not in a relationship, isn't ALL poon emergency poon?

[oi45.tinypic.com image 338x301]

This.

Except when it's Maggie, it's like a jackpot.

Without all the jacking >_>

Shazzam!

I was going to make some smartass reply, but I clicked on your profile, and your cats are adorable ^_^

Thanks. They are too cool for school, too. They think they're dogs or monkeys or something...

LOL I definitely love the one on the bottom who's obviously saying something along the lines of, "EFFIN FEED ME, BIATCH!"

Yeah, that's Stormcrow. He definitely lives up to the name. He's the chatty catty. I am sure he was saying FEED ME, at that point in space-time, but all you have to do to get him started is look at him and say: What? Hint: If you don't want that cat up in your sh*t, don't say "What?" or look at him the wrong (right?) way. If you do he'll be all figure-eighty, revved up and talking.

Well shiat, this is Fark so you owe us tons of pics of your kittties doing goofy shiat ^_^ Caturday's coming up quick!

I'll have to get some of my good pics uploaded and ready...


And knowing cats, Stormcrow was probably working on flaying human flesh from muscle and bones by licking in an adorable manner.
 
2013-02-15 05:59:57 AM  

Andromeda: TopoGigo: Macular Degenerate: In other news, all police in Russia listen to bad dance music in their cruisers.

/who else has dashcams?

In post-Soviet Russia, dashcam record police.

Pretty much this.  Russians are awful drivers, so lots of people have dash cams just because it's so common that it's needed in the event of an accident to have a record.

Why the fark so many people didn't stop driving when a giant meteor was whizzing across the sky is a much better question IMO.




They figured it was end times and decided to drive to the local liquor store.
 
2013-02-15 06:00:36 AM  
Hell yeah. Beer/alcohol > everything
 
2013-02-15 06:00:37 AM  

Andromeda: Why the fark so many people didn't stop driving when a giant meteor was whizzing across the sky is a much better question IMO.


A few seconds long event with no prior warning makes it not too surprising, by the time you slow down and find a spot it would be long gone. Add in the frigid outside temperatures and I can see it happening. Not everyone is a space nerd you know.
 
2013-02-15 06:00:48 AM  
They're lucky, meteroites are worth a lot of bucks.
 
2013-02-15 06:01:03 AM  
For those interested in the size of the meteor, there are a LOT of factors and estimates are ranging from a meter-sized diameter to several meters and up to 10 tons.  My astronomer friends who have radio data are now working on narrowing the error bars and figuring out the trajectory of this thing as it entered our atmosphere, but right now everyone's being REALLY conservative.  Any fragments that are found will seriously help in narrowing down the size.

Of course that's not stopping a few people blasting my Twitter feed with their armchair calculations based on a Wikipedia article.
 
2013-02-15 06:01:11 AM  

MurphyMurphy: LaughingRadish: Sonic booms are well-known for damaging buildings, which is why it's a big no-no to fly low and supersonic.

When I lived in Huntington, WV for a couple years as a kid, we'd get flyovers that couldn't have been condoned. The first one we ever heard, my mother thought the natural gas dryer we'd just purchased (which she was very speculative of) had exploded in our basement.

Rumors were it was Chuck Yeager out for a spin. He's pretty big in WV, even more-so back then (mid 80s). It was total b.s. (Chuck Yeager "retired" out west somewhere, if still flying and being a badass can be called retirement) but a great story to go tell the new neighbors when they think their house just exploded.


In the early 80's, military jets flew over our house all the time. I'm in Athens, OH, so it's possible we were on the same flight path. I never heard any sonic booms, but they sure did rattle the windows. They were obviously supersonic, as the sound was much later than the visual--more of a delay than just the distance would make it.
 
2013-02-15 06:01:59 AM  

kertus: Boojum2k: VTGremlin: Good golly I hope it's an alien invasion. How fun is that going to be!

On a scale of all the alien-invasion books I've read, it ranges from a year long battle to free the world, to a longer entrenched war, to major asteroid impacts or an ecological invasion, to we're all doomed until Dracula gets pissed. So not very fun,


I hated that stupid ending



I know the book you are talking about...I read it and felt the same way. So dissapointing. What was the title of that book before I go crazy?
 
2013-02-15 06:02:28 AM  

Radioactive Ass: Andromeda: Why the fark so many people didn't stop driving when a giant meteor was whizzing across the sky is a much better question IMO.

A few seconds long event with no prior warning makes it not too surprising, by the time you slow down and find a spot it would be long gone. Add in the frigid outside temperatures and I can see it happening. Not everyone is a space nerd you know.


So, like... my penis...
 
2013-02-15 06:04:22 AM  

Andromeda: For those interested in the size of the meteor, there are a LOT of factors and estimates are ranging from a meter-sized diameter to several meters and up to 10 tons.  My astronomer friends who have radio data are now working on narrowing the error bars and figuring out the trajectory of this thing as it entered our atmosphere, but right now everyone's being REALLY conservative.  Any fragments that are found will seriously help in narrowing down the size.

Of course that's not stopping a few people blasting my Twitter feed with their armchair calculations based on a Wikipedia article.


I'm going to sleep for a few hours knowing that the Science is coming.

Thanks.
 
2013-02-15 06:09:03 AM  

Frothy Panties: I know the book you are talking about...I read it and felt the same way. So dissapointing. What was the title of that book before I go crazy?


Out of the Dark by David Weber?
 
2013-02-15 06:09:26 AM  

Radioactive Ass: Andromeda: Why the fark so many people didn't stop driving when a giant meteor was whizzing across the sky is a much better question IMO.

A few seconds long event with no prior warning makes it not too surprising, by the time you slow down and find a spot it would be long gone. Add in the frigid outside temperatures and I can see it happening. Not everyone is a space nerd you know.


It's well known that when faced with immediate Apocalypse... recommended action is to just continue your activity and sing along with it

Here in my car,
the glass can fly very far,
I can watch falling stars,
not going to make it to bar,
in cars.

*dent-duhdent. duh-dent-de-dent*

Here in my car,
I am going extinct,
loud sonic booms,
I can't hear myself think,
in cars.

*dent-duhdent. duh-dent-de-dent*

Here in my car,
my poop smells very strong,
I can go home and change,
and upload video,
in cars.
 
2013-02-15 06:09:56 AM  

Andromeda: For those interested in the size of the meteor, there are a LOT of factors and estimates are ranging from a meter-sized diameter to several meters and up to 10 tons.  My astronomer friends who have radio data are now working on narrowing the error bars and figuring out the trajectory of this thing as it entered our atmosphere, but right now everyone's being REALLY conservative.  Any fragments that are found will seriously help in narrowing down the size.

Of course that's not stopping a few people blasting my Twitter feed with their armchair calculations based on a Wikipedia article.




So what do you think the odds of it being from the same parent body as Sikhote-alin? Seems like it was a similar trajectory, around the same time of year.
 
2013-02-15 06:17:29 AM  

Andromeda: PreMortem: Andromeda: Astronomer checking into this tread- holy fark indeed.  Though this isn't actually that unusual, flashes of this magnitude are recorded by satellites every few years, just that it happened in a populated area.

That said, I'm on overtime now to combat the derp and conspiracy nuts.  If anyone has questions I'm happy to field them.

9:36 GMT: There is a high chance that another meteorite could enter the Earth's atmosphere in the next few hours, Sergey Smirnov from Pulkovo Observatory told Vesti news channel.

Do meteors break up outside our atmosphere, like by the sun? I wouldn't think so.

And if they do, do larger pieces arrive first then the smaller ones, vice-versa, or is there no usual pattern?

Sergey's kinda full of shiat- I mean technically there is a 100% chance of a meteorite entering our atmosphere in the next few hours (as hundreds do), but this size?  Not REALLY likely.

Meteors break up if they break up in our atmosphere.  There may be some lag based on their size but everything from this meteor has certainly already hit/ been seen.


Umm.. I'm not an Astronomer but... how can you say it's a one shot wonder?

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
img805.imageshack.us
"Over the next 6 days, 21 distinct impacts were observed" (July 1994)
 
2013-02-15 06:19:18 AM  

Teknowaffle: So what do you think the odds of it being from the same parent body as Sikhote-alin? Seems like it was a similar trajectory, around the same time of year.


Quite unlikely to be related.  We'll get the trajectory info in a bit though and see if it's coming from something in particular, but my bet is it's just a random space rock.

I mean I don't think people realize how MANY random space rocks there are out there, and frankly you're just not going to detect the objects of this size in our current surveys.

By the way funny detail that should be noted, the Russians were imminently going to shut down their asteroid survey program due to lack of funds within the next few months.  I guess that's no longer going to be an issue.
 
2013-02-15 06:19:35 AM  

I sound fat: Anyone not comforted by NASA's assertion that asteroid DA14 could not possibly hit the earth today given recent reports that they didn't tell the Columbia astronauts they would likely die on reentry?


I was thinking the EXACT same thing...
 
2013-02-15 06:19:46 AM  
I just hired an engineer who grew up in Chelyabinsk so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/Hope his family is OK (if he still has any there)
//Had to look it up on the map
///Closest place I recognized was Perm, which I knew as being on border between Europe and Asia.
 
2013-02-15 06:20:00 AM  

LaughingRadish: MagSeven: Andromeda: Astronomer checking into this tread- holy fark indeed.  Though this isn't actually that unusual, flashes of this magnitude are recorded by satellites every few years, just that it happened in a populated area.

That said, I'm on overtime now to combat the derp and conspiracy nuts.  If anyone has questions I'm happy to field them.

What caused shattering windows? The sonic boom or the impact? How large was the meteor (or is that meteorite now)?
/first astronomer I've ever conversed with....

One video has the sound of shattering glass at the same time as the boom.  Sonic booms are well-known for damaging buildings, which is why it's a big no-no to fly low and supersonic.


Andromeda: MagSeven: Andromeda: Astronomer checking into this tread- holy fark indeed.  Though this isn't actually that unusual, flashes of this magnitude are recorded by satellites every few years, just that it happened in a populated area.

That said, I'm on overtime now to combat the derp and conspiracy nuts.  If anyone has questions I'm happy to field them.

What caused shattering windows? The sonic boom or the impact? How large was the meteor (or is that meteorite now)?
/first astronomer I've ever conversed with....

Windows were shattered by the boom from what I gather- I haven't heard real confirmed reports yet about the crater.  It's well understood that the after shocks are really what destroys large amounts of area/ causes damage and usually not the meteor itself (it often explodes into many small fragments so damage from that can be minimal).

No one's found the meteorite yet from what I hear, but estimates I'm reading is this one was about 10 tons.


Thanks guys. Hopefully more info is on the way. Very cool/somewhat scary event.
 
2013-02-15 06:21:57 AM  

Deep Contact: They're lucky, meteroites are worth a lot of bucks.


I'll be sure to send them videos of lots of bucks, then. It doesn't look to this armchair bloviator like there will be that much recoverable meteoroid.
 
2013-02-15 06:22:14 AM  

p4p3rm4t3: Andromeda: PreMortem: Andromeda: Astronomer checking into this tread- holy fark indeed.  Though this isn't actually that unusual, flashes of this magnitude are recorded by satellites every few years, just that it happened in a populated area.

That said, I'm on overtime now to combat the derp and conspiracy nuts.  If anyone has questions I'm happy to field them.

9:36 GMT: There is a high chance that another meteorite could enter the Earth's atmosphere in the next few hours, Sergey Smirnov from Pulkovo Observatory told Vesti news channel.

Do meteors break up outside our atmosphere, like by the sun? I wouldn't think so.

And if they do, do larger pieces arrive first then the smaller ones, vice-versa, or is there no usual pattern?

Sergey's kinda full of shiat- I mean technically there is a 100% chance of a meteorite entering our atmosphere in the next few hours (as hundreds do), but this size?  Not REALLY likely.

Meteors break up if they break up in our atmosphere.  There may be some lag based on their size but everything from this meteor has certainly already hit/ been seen.

Umm.. I'm not an Astronomer but... how can you say it's a one shot wonder?

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
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"Over the next 6 days, 21 distinct impacts were observed" (July 1994)


That's a giant comet that broke up, of the sizes surveys can see.  This is a rock the size of the few meters.  Odds of another one following it are minimal, it has no gravitational hold.

Cosmic coincidences happen all the time.

(Btw, I just got a shout out on BBC's World Have Your Say discussing this. W00t!)
 
2013-02-15 06:26:33 AM  
So it begins
 
2013-02-15 06:29:24 AM  
Forgive me if this has been covered upthread, but does anyone know what part of the earth da14 is supposed to be closest to at 2pm EST? Where on the planet will astronomers get the best look at it, in other words.
 
2013-02-15 06:30:43 AM  

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?


post a link to the video and I'll tell you
 
2013-02-15 06:31:13 AM  
via RT live:

11:19 GMT: The Russian military has explored a meteorite crater that is reportedly 6 meters in diameter; normal radiation levels were detected at the site.
 
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