tinfoil-hat maggie: Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?It broke up?
cantsleep: Damn mayans were lousy with math.
Nem Wan: So far this week we have the Pope quitting, a nuclear explosion, and a giant meteor. That's really enough, don't you think?
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.
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 BlogSo 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.
GranoblasticMan: tinfoil-hat maggie: GranoblasticMan: tinfoil-hat maggie: GranoblasticMan: 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.I'm only going to say this once (tonight at least, HAH!) but I would totally hit that... And beg for more.Yes, you would and no you shouldn't ; )/ I never trust anyone crazier than me and if they wanna be with me their crazier than me : )Unfortunately for me, I live in Florida, and you apparently live in some sort of fantasyland where the cougars are sexier than my fantasies... So no worries there.You're treading dangerous ground baby ; )If I got eaten alive by a cougar like you, I'd die a happy man./ I like how our flirting is nice and public for all of Fark to see// EIP?
santadog: At what point is it no longer a meteor "shower"?
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?
impaler: FYI, I think it was traveling at 30,000 mph, not kph.
homelessdude: As always, the crack scientific analysts at Fox & Friends set the record straight......."In Armageddon the move, Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck were able to stop it......""...NASA does tracks these things and they have the capabilities to stop asteroids before they come close to earth""Lasers?""Lasers....all sorts of....."[s20.postimage.org image 600x310]Link to full video segment
Stretch_8: Sonic boom goodness here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Np_mpGYSBSA#!
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.
Macular Degenerate: In other news, all police in Russia listen to bad dance music in their cruisers./who else has dashcams?
Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?
mr lawson: To quote "The Avengers"...The world has gotten even stranger than you already know
PreMortem: dbirchall: PreMortem: Fun fact from the Wiki:ChelyabinskThe city has been reported as being one of the most polluted places on Earth, having previously been a center of production of weapons-grade plutonium.Zinc factory indeed.Further fun fact: If you've been internally contaminated with Plutonium for more than 24 hours, the preferred treatment is zinc salts of diethylentriamene pentaacetate.A zinc factory might be quite handy around there.That's not a fun fact, that's a "why do you know that" fact.
radarlove: Holy shiat, get a room already. We're trying to have an apocalypse here.
Schmegicky: Here are late-breaking before and after pictures showing the devastation in Chelyabinsk caused by the meteorite shower.[ic.pics.livejournal.com image 442x774]
Bathia_Mapes: 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.
Bill_Wick's_Friend: Ack ack! Ack! Ack ack ack ack! Ack! Ack ack ack! Ack ack ack ack. Ack ack ack ack ack! Ack ack ack ack ack ack? Ack! Ack ack ack ack ack./learning on Rosetta Stone just in case
Makh: Hey NASA, you were 18k miles off. Do better math next time.
crumblecat: Hmm...............Why are we not seeing this on mainstream news yet?
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.
germ78: Crazy. This site has a bit of info up now. Apparently a zinc plant had its roof blown off./yay dashcams!
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."
Mikey1969: God, I hope SNL decides to spoof this segment.
techbuzz: Yet another catastrophic result of global warming.
DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: dfacto: So the Russians are claiming they shot this thing mid-flight? Who wants to bet that's just some desk-jockey making shiat up?I'd take that bet. That rock was supersonic.
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]
LaughingRadish: Too bad it didn't fall somewhere useful... like Mecca.
B.L.Z. Bub: Procedural Texture: I hope Tina Fey's caricature of Sarah Palin managed to get video. She can see Russia from her house.FTFY
Matthew Keene: mr lawson: I..am assuming.. are an atheist. Correct?Actually a practicing Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran, formerly Catholic.
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.
B.L.Z. Bub: Am I going to die?
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.
PowerSlacker: My local Fox affiliate is showing meteorite footage...nothing on CNN.Awesome.
Max Awesome: Procedural Texture: Max Awesome: The contrail is really quite beautiful - you can see where at least two large chunks created their own swirling trails in the air - and then the blast hits.Is it just me, or are portions of the contrail distinctly orange? Maybe it's just the sunrise, but it might also be evidence of the meteor's composition.[i42.photobucket.com image 850x634]
Satanic_Hamster: Their aim is a bit off; they TOTALLY missed Buenos Aires.
Deep Contact: Larger, high quality specimens typically sell for $200 to $300 per kilogram.
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.
Corydon: Thank goodness this didn't happen at the height of the Cold War. We'd almost certainly all be dead.
impaler: What fox News shows:[growlersoftware.com image 640x480]What it should look like:[growlersoftware.com image 850x202]
WelldeadLink: Confabulat: What's with the dual contrails?Contrails require a layer of air with enough moisture to be condensed by the shock wave. The dual contrails are probably from the shock wave on each side of the rock separately disturbing the sensitive layer of air.
Shadowtag: nmemkha: [i4.ytimg.com image 320x180]Bad 80s cartoon shows were right!THEY. WERE. RIIIGGHHHTTTTT!!!!!You must be using 90's slang when bad meant good because otherwise you're speaking in a language I do not understand.
Twitch Boy: Obama's fault.
HAMMERTOE: Scientists rushed to the site. Working quickly, but carefully, they pulled several molten fragments from the ground under the zinc plant.And Dorner's Drivers License.
Andromeda: p4p3rm4t3: Andromeda: Cosmic coincidences happen all the time.(Btw, I just got a shout out on BBC's World Have Your Say discussing this. W00t!)Certainly not hitting the same place, but I still don't see how you have come to the conclusion that this is a singular object?Something very interesting:"This date in science: Great Meteor Procession of February 9, 1913"[img171.imageshack.us image 580x332]"Canadian artist Gustav Hahn painted his impression of what the Great Meteor Procession looked like, ...Yeah, notice how they're all traveling together? That's because larger meteorites will often break up in the atmosphere- I've seen it a few times, and from the videos it looks like this one did too.That does NOT mean however that it's likely this thing will have the last parts hit a few hours later though or anything like that, as these things travel really fast so any parts that broke off in the atmosphere has already landed. We're like 8 hours after the initial impact; based on the size of this thing it's certainly not large enough to have a gravitational attraction to other pieces and keep them together.That's not to sayanother rock can't wham into your bedroom tonight and shatter the glass while you sleep though. Sweet dreams.
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Dadoody: [images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x552]
Max Awesome: So, is it safe to go to bed now, or are we all going to die in our sleep?
Rvalldrgg: PreMortem: 8:30 GMT: Residents of Chelyabinsk buy out plastic wrap to screen the windows blown off by the meteor shower blast wave, as temperatures are expected to fall to -14°C at night.That's not coolI guess repairing all of those windows will be a hot topic for a few days.
Old Man Winter: B.L.Z. Bub: Procedural Texture: I hope Tina Fey's caricature of Sarah Palin managed to get video. She can see Russia from her house.FTFYI hope this event hasn't caused anyone else's sense of topical humor to be shifted to five years in the past.
The Snow Dog: 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 ...
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?
mr lawson: welcome to reality.
GranoblasticMan: 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.I'm only going to say this once (tonight at least, HAH!) but I would totally hit that... And beg for more.
Gordon Bennett: [i3.ytimg.com image 320x180]What a Russian boom might look like.
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.
Shadowtag: This is all a plot by Obama to justify taking away our space station mounted rainguns railguns.
tinfoil-hat maggie: Boojum2k: tinfoil-hat maggie: Boojum2k: 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.Have you ever caused evacuations in a Russian city?Well I've never been to Russia so...So that's a nyet?I would say so : )
kim jong-un: SJKebab: 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?The Earth's atmosphere is relatively thin with respect to the circumference of the Earth. From that perspective something can cut right through the atmosphere and miss crashing into the Earth and it would still look like it just skipped off the atmosphere.And... sonic booms can travel very far.
tinfoil-hat maggie: Boojum2k: 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.Have you ever caused evacuations in a Russian city?Well I've never been to Russia so...
Warchild: Fark broke Russian machine (that never breaks)
Bill_Wick's_Friend: О, я потратил свою жизнь
JRoo: [i21.photobucket.com image 400x320]From the only War Of The Worlds movie worth watching.
OneFretAway: Elvis_Bogart: sforce: 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.If this is true...than the whole story just got a lot more interesting.Absolutely. That's is way beyond anything I thought any military was capable of. Aren't we still struggling with accomplishing the same thing with a single ICBM? I would think that a meteor has to be moving much faster than that.
netgamer7k: RELEASE THE HORDES OF CONSPIRACY THEORISTS!
netgamer7k: RELEASE THE HORDES OF CONSPIRACY THEORISTS
Herr Docktor Heinrich Wisenheimer: I wonder if they're little chunks that were sharing DA14's trajectory. If so there ought to be more incoming.Bring your umbrella!
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