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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 10:54:43 AM

trappedspirit: Cream of Meat: Cool stuff like this always seems to happen in Russia.

You have a strange definition of "cool stuff"


i141.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-15 10:54:50 AM

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.


This has likely been asked already, but it seems like noone had any warning that this meteorite was coming.  I'm assuming that it was small enough that it wouldn't have triggered any "alarms", per se?  In other words, it wasn't large enough that NASA or other agencies would have raised a flag over it?

Thanks for adding your expertise here - great posts!
 
2013-02-15 10:56:46 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Mikey1969: God, I hope SNL decides to spoof this segment.

The corrections at the end will include something like:

"Meteors are not actually made of meat.

The contrail was not caused by the meteor's exhaust system.

Phasers are something from Star Trek and can't be used to stop meteors.

Liberals and gay people do not cause meteors."


Good Lord, I was holding back my coffee so hard it started to come out my tear ducts.

/No keyboard for you this time.
 
2013-02-15 10:59:13 AM
I think Putin went out and made a bare-handed catch, didn't he?
 
2013-02-15 11:09:05 AM

bhcompy: SlothB77: p4p3rm4t3: SlothB77: Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass closest to earth at 2:24 p.m. EST/1924 GMT, so plenty of chance for more fireworks to come.


According to Bad Astronomer they are on totally different orbits.

[img593.imageshack.us image 685x921]
Estimated trajectory based on videos and pictures uploaded by witnesses. Could be wrong.  Just guessing.

Bad Astronomy Blog

So the Russian meteorite wasn't a fragment of DA14?  I just assumed it was because of the timing.  What are the odds a rare event like that occurred the same exact day this other asteroid passes this close to earth and the two events are unrelated?  Seems unlikely.  I dunno.  When I say rare, i mean the sonic boom and destruction and injuries, not rare as in meteorite striking earth.

The odds are astronomical


I would assume that the gravitational field of the known asteroid brought some friends with it.
 
2013-02-15 11:15:50 AM
rt.com
Superheated supersonic molten iron landing into a cold russian frozen lake.  All they are going to find of that thing is powder.
 
2013-02-15 11:16:30 AM

Triumph: 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.


I hope it hits in my back yard. I want a set of these:

http://crystalcaste.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=CC&P ro duct_Code=02152T14&Category_Code=XS
 
2013-02-15 11:17:55 AM

trappedspirit: trappedspirit: Cream of Meat: Cool stuff like this always seems to happen in Russia.

You have a strange definition of "cool stuff"


i141.photobucket.com

The same, only different, kind of cool stuff sometimes happens in Oregon, too.  Guy I used to work with took this:

www.mnh.si.edu
 
2013-02-15 11:19:23 AM

orclover: [rt.com image 640x480]
Superheated supersonic molten iron landing into a cold russian frozen lake.  All they are going to find of that thing is powder.


It's my (perhaps misguided) understanding that meteorites that reach the Earth's surface aren't actually that hot at impact, so there may well be something to find at the bottom of that lake.
 
2013-02-15 11:20:55 AM
What if they launch their retaliatory meteors?
 
2013-02-15 11:22:52 AM

SlothB77: What are the odds a rare event like that occurred the same exact day this other asteroid passes this close to earth and the two events are unrelated?


1:1

..as the event has already happened..
 
2013-02-15 11:26:43 AM

Matthew Keene: Smoking GNU: mr lawson: Matthew Keene: mr lawson: btw...i don't think I am insane (jury's out)...but.....i have be dealing with this shiat for waaaaaaaay too long.  Hell i maybe insane (Occam's razor and all)...but god damn it!

I have always had very vivid dreams. The ones that come true freak me out. The worry about this fireball dream is that usually when I veer into the psychic realm, it's really really bad. So barring the Russian authorities finding an orphanage with 3000 dead kids that's been struck by a fragment, I fear  this is not the end of it.

welcome to reality.

I have you farkied now as the oracle

I truly hope that this is it, but I'm not going to bet the ranch on it. In my dream i pointed up and told a friend to look up at the two fireballs showing through the clouds, followed by others, and there were large fires burning from impacts in Cincinnati, where I live. My 9/11 dream took place in Cincinnati, so don't read any location into it. Bet you didn't know the Twin Towers were in Cincinnati. Government hides a lot from us, lol. I dreamed Kennedy died in Columbus, Georgia, where I was living at the time.


OK, that is wierd. I live in Cincinnati, too, and I dreamed a few days before 9/11, that I was sitting up in Mt. Adams (locals know where that is) looking down at the skyline of the city and 2 tall buildings fell. It was a shocking dream.

Of course, I also dreamt one night that Jeff Goldblum and I were delivering some random woman's baby in the backseat of a Volkswagen in a Kroger's parking lot, so...

Where exactly in Cincinnati were these conflagrations?

/prepares to take half a vacation day and head out of town for the weekend.

=]
 
2013-02-15 11:26:46 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'd bet.


I read that Weber book.  the vampire thing comes right out of left field doesn't it?
 
2013-02-15 11:30:43 AM
pit.dirty.ru
 
2013-02-15 11:35:28 AM
Welcome back to Earth, Mitt Romney's ego!
 
2013-02-15 11:36:36 AM

Soulcatcher: Where exactly in Cincinnati were these conflagrations?


Evanston. Northside, and also Downtown. Evanston would be a good thing IMHO.
 
2013-02-15 11:37:28 AM

dbirchall: trappedspirit: trappedspirit: Cream of Meat: Cool stuff like this always seems to happen in Russia.

You have a strange definition of "cool stuff"

[i141.photobucket.com image 400x300]

The same, only different, kind of cool stuff sometimes happens in Oregon, too.  Guy I used to work with took this:

[www.mnh.si.edu image 403x259]


Uhh....except that was in WA, not OR. There was no tree blow down whatsoever in OR from Mt. St. Helens. The blast went the other direction.
 
2013-02-15 11:38:02 AM
Probably the most amazing coincidence we're ever likely to witness
 
2013-02-15 11:42:09 AM

zerkalo: Crazy Russian Farkers and their photoshopes

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You should have gone with Slim Pickens.
 
2013-02-15 11:42:43 AM
These videos are farking insane.

But I gotta ask, all of the videos I've seen so far are in cars going towards the meteor's projection. WTF? If I saw that shiat in the sky, I'd haul ass in the other direction.
 
2013-02-15 11:42:49 AM
So, if this really is totally unrelated to the other looming meteoroid, it means that God is really, REALLY pissed at us, right?
 
2013-02-15 11:44:48 AM

Amos Quito: So, if this really is totally unrelated to the other looming meteoroid, it means that God is really, REALLY pissed at us, right?


Goddamn gays and Obama.
 
2013-02-15 11:47:15 AM

Lollipop165: These videos are farking insane.

But I gotta ask, all of the videos I've seen so far are in cars going towards the meteor's projection. WTF? If I saw that shiat in the sky, I'd haul ass in the other direction.


Only a couple seconds to react, and most people will only have time to think "WTF?" before it's over.
 
2013-02-15 11:51:50 AM

Lollipop165: These videos are farking insane.

But I gotta ask, all of the videos I've seen so far are in cars going towards the meteor's projection. WTF? If I saw that shiat in the sky, I'd haul ass in the other direction.


Perhaps because all the videos taken from cars hauling ass in the other direction are really boring, because they don't show anything.
 
2013-02-15 11:54:19 AM

Deep Contact: Larger, high quality specimens typically sell for $200 to $300 per kilogram.


HA I used to traffick this stuff that wholesaled $45000/kg and it was a natural plant extract
 
2013-02-15 11:57:50 AM
So when should I start buying guns and canned food?
 
2013-02-15 12:01:02 PM

INeedAName: So when should I start buying guns and canned food?


after the panic sits in and prices skyrocket of course!

or now... now is good.
 
2013-02-15 12:03:49 PM
Wikipedia says "and the reports are that aliens look like ballbags. and you can buy fish and chips from the moon stoke-on-trent is the new superpower.
Three impact sites were found, two in an area near Chebarkul Lake and the other some 80 kilometers further to the northwest, near the town of Zlatoust." source
 
2013-02-15 12:04:42 PM

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Found when GISing "40 subcriptions to Vibe"

 Yet not an Orlando Jones in sight.


WHAT?
 
2013-02-15 12:06:17 PM

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

/who else has dashcams?

Practically everyone who drives in Russia. Police presence is spread thin and in some areas corruption is rife.

Having a dashcam is essential. If you're in an accident it will show who is at fault. People deliberately throwing themselves in front of your car and then claiming you hurt them is common. Watch some of the Russian dashcam videos and you'll see how bad many of drivers are.

Good to know. Was just wondering this myself.

In other news, this thread is why I love fark. It has all the snarkies and smarties I've come to expect from being part of this community for about a decade.


about a decade? n00b!
 
2013-02-15 12:06:51 PM

dittybopper: Grand_Moff_Joseph: These videos got me wondering:  How hard would it be to learn to speak even some basic Russian?  For some reason, the language has always intrigued me a bit.

It's not all that hard.  It's quite phonetic.  Words tend to be pronounced how it's actually spelled, unlike some other languages (I'm looking at you, French).  Most things more complicated than turnip farming have some sort of cognate in Western languages that you will recognize.  In 2 semesters in college, I got good enough to hold a basic conversation, and I'm not really that good at languages.

The only real stumbling block is learning Cyrillic, but even that's not hard.  In fact, my cursive Cyrillic to this day is neater and more readable than my cursive English.

/Forgot most of my vocabulary in the last 20 years.
//Can still conjugate the verbs, though.


I think you have that backwards. Cyrillic is easy as shiat to learn. However,the grammar can be retardedly difficult in certain circumstances. And Russian really isn't as phonetic as people say it is, more than English, but most languages are. Your experience with the language might be different, but in my experience, it is a pretty difficult language to attempt.
 
2013-02-15 12:08:10 PM

kvinesknows: INeedAName: So when should I start buying guns and canned food?

after the panic sits in and prices skyrocket of course!

or now... now is good.


But if I buy them now, I look like a panicker!
 
2013-02-15 12:09:40 PM

Amos Quito: So, if this really is totally unrelated to the other looming meteoroid, it means that God is really, REALLY pissed at us, right?


since the big one is missing us, maybe it is just a warning shot?
 
2013-02-15 12:12:16 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Their aim is a bit off; they TOTALLY missed Buenos Aires.


Would you like to know more?
 
2013-02-15 12:15:42 PM

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.


How many dollars per hour does an astronomer on overtime make?
 
2013-02-15 12:19:24 PM

Badgers:


RTFT. DONE SIX HOURS AGO. STOP RUINING.
 
2013-02-15 12:21:26 PM
Scary thought:  This meteor is being projected at weighing ten tons.  The near miss object, 2012 DA14, is 190,000 tons.
 
2013-02-15 12:22:55 PM

ransack.: about a decade? n00b!


Careful.  Someone's always been here longer than you.
 
2013-02-15 12:23:55 PM

ShawnDoc: Beware your car in the morning.
[michaelhutchenceandme.files.wordpress.com image 850x478]


you win an interwebz
 
2013-02-15 12:28:55 PM

Frozboz: ransack.: about a decade? n00b!

Careful.  Someone's always been here longer than you.


Yeah there are at least two Liters I know of with lower numbers than mine... I never win when it's really important :[
 
2013-02-15 12:29:35 PM

Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?


9/10 - v nicely done.  would bait to.
 
2013-02-15 12:31:19 PM

ransack.: Frozboz: ransack.: about a decade? n00b!

Careful.  Someone's always been here longer than you.

Yeah there are at least two Liters I know of with lower numbers than mine... I never win when it's really important :[


Oh crap I didn't clicky you name until just now!*

*SECRET OG FARKER HANDSHAKE

mad props rethpect-yo
 
2013-02-15 12:34:46 PM

Confabulat: I bet it takes awhile to process seeing something like that.


It takes awhile to launder out the result of something like that, even if you own glorious Soviet washing appliance.

I would estimate it's plenty of kilometres from the fireball's trail to the ground, but the bang was loud enough to set off dozens of Russian car alarms/colons.
 
2013-02-15 12:35:44 PM

INeedAName: kvinesknows: INeedAName: So when should I start buying guns and canned food?

after the panic sits in and prices skyrocket of course!

or now... now is good.

But if I buy them now, I look like a panicker!


hmm.. good point.
 
2013-02-15 12:36:26 PM

kvinesknows: INeedAName: kvinesknows: INeedAName: So when should I start buying guns and canned food?

after the panic sits in and prices skyrocket of course!

or now... now is good.

But if I buy them now, I look like a panicker!

hmm.. good point.


ooo..

just but one REALLY FREAKING HUGE GUN!  and use it to steal smaller guns and food from the panickers.
 
2013-02-15 12:39:20 PM
That was no meteorite. It was Barry & Other Barry coming back from Space.
wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net
Thanks Krieger-san.
 
2013-02-15 12:39:48 PM

sforce: My headline and submission time was better and earlier. Yes, I'm whining, it's late.

That said, RT has good updates.

And they're claiming "Urals meteorite shot down by Russian air defense" ... really? Is that possible, I thought meteorites would be way too fast for something like that.


Indeed, they do. This was going about 60% faster than the Apollo moon rockets, about the fastest powered thing we've ever produced, although various robot probes have been gravitationally "sling-shotted" to higher velocities.

So, no. you can't shoot one down, really. If you fired a nuke with a proximity fuse directly from in front of it, you'd just annoy it.
 
2013-02-15 12:42:31 PM

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.


I think I saw that one too from near Tremblant.
 
2013-02-15 12:42:59 PM

A Dark Evil Omen: [24.media.tumblr.com image 461x403]


Thank you.
 
2013-02-15 12:44:16 PM

crumblecat: Hmm...............

Why are we not seeing this on mainstream news yet?


Still concocting our cover story.

"Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, blamed the Americans. " (from FOXMAINSTREAM)
 
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