If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Heavy)   If this 'Meteorite-Like Object' that just exploded over Cuba has any truth to it after the Russia meteorite and the other one that just missed us, Subby's going to look into bunkers   (heavy.com) divider line 290
    More: Scary, Russia  
•       •       •

24408 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Feb 2013 at 6:37 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



290 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-02-15 08:36:23 PM

mattg: Still waiting for ANY shred of real evidence here.


It's more likely fabricated than two such incidents happened in the same day. Move along.
 
2013-02-15 08:36:41 PM

lousyskater: The Russia meteor was a bit bigger than I thought it'd be...

Preliminary information indicates that a meteor in Chelyabinsk, Russia, is not related to asteroid 2012 DA14, which is flying by Earth safely today. The Russia meteor is the largest reported since 1908, when a meteor hit Tunguska, Siberia. The meteor entered the atmosphere at about 40,000 mph (18 kilometers per second). The impact time was 7:20:26 p.m. PST, or 10:20:26 p.m. EST on Feb. 14 (3:20:26 UTC on Feb. 15), and the energy released by the impact was in the hundreds of kilotons. Based on the duration of the event, it was a very shallow entry. It was larger than the meteor over Indonesia on Oct. 8, 2009. Measurements are still coming in, and a more precise measure of the energy may be available later. The size of the object before hitting the atmosphere was about 49 feet (15 meters) and had a mass of about 7,000 tons. The meteor, which was about one-third the diameter of asteroid 2012 DA14, was brighter than the sun. Its trail was visible for about 30 seconds, so it was a grazing impact through the atmosphere. It is important to note that this estimate is preliminary, and may be revised as more data is obtained.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20130215.ht ml


Holy moley, That was a close call! I didn't realize that the main piece(s) left the atmosphere again, but in retrospect the trail kind of gives that indication. It that thing hadn't come in so shallow, it would've been a whopper and that region may have been decimated.
 
2013-02-15 08:42:28 PM
So are these meteorites fragments of the asteroid that we didn't need to worry about passing too close
to the earth?
 
2013-02-15 08:44:10 PM

Giltric: PsiChick: SN1987a goes boom: Oh great, does this mean we'll get 3-4 new asteroid movies and a new History channel "shark week"-esque series on meteors?

Some farking FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS TO CATCH THIS SHIAT BEFORE IT HAPPENS would be nice...

/Sorry, but it was a lot more geeking-out when I hadn't just wrestled Google for hours.

Buy a telescope. Funding can always be cut to official programs. Most of these discoveries are done by amatures in the backyard. The more scopes looking up the better.

What happens when extinction is imminent from an inbound object....I think I would rather be clueless than fretting if we only had two days left to live.

Think about the crazies who would go on stabby and rapey sprees if they had nothing left to lose or two days left to live.


In order to have a chance of seeing a 2m or 3m-sized object at 1000km distance, you need a telescope of about 1m to 2m in diameter, in order to have the necessary resolving power.

Now, at 30km per second, that's about 33 seconds warning before atmospheric impact.

Your little 20cm Celestron isn't going to cut it for this type of work, which is why "real" funding is required.
 
2013-02-15 08:47:19 PM

czetie: Iron Sky


I just looked that up, I've seen Star Wreck and didn't know they made another.
 
2013-02-15 08:50:15 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Totally passing through a patch of them, like i first suspected, but Phil Plait will be along any moment to tell us these are all just astronomical coincidences and there's no need to worry.


So you've also noticed the bad astronomer is nothing more than a ass kissing, mouthpiece to establishment.
 
2013-02-15 08:50:34 PM

Eegah: lousyskater: The Russia meteor was a bit bigger than I thought it'd be...

grazing impact

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20130215.ht ml

Holy moley, That was a close call! I didn't realize that the main piece(s) left the atmosphere again, but in retrospect the trail kind of gives that indication. It that thing hadn't come in so shallow, it would've been a whopper and that region may have been decimated.


On second thought, maybe I misunderstood. I thought "grazing impact" meant it left again. Maybe it just means "would have left but the atmosphere got in the way".
 
2013-02-15 08:52:38 PM

germ78: czetie: I finally got around to watching Iron Sky, so I'm getting a kick etc.

Iron Sky on FB had a status update saying (in German) that the attack was beginning.


That's mah boyz!
 
2013-02-15 08:55:03 PM

Brett.M: A few years ago my wife and I buy a Lake house in NW NJ for our son (We live near Manhattan and he needed some room to run).  Small house, whole history behind the area, whatever.  During the home inspection we're checking the basement, huge metal door in a lowered area by the sump pump.  It's completely unmovable and the inspector says it was most likely put there  for support and is cemented in.  Ok whatever.

Two years later an old couple is walking by.  We pass greeting from the deck and the walk up to say hello.

"Do you still have the bomb shelter?"

"What????"

So the two of them come down to the basement and insist that many owners ago there was a full fledged Bomb Shelter installed!!! So I call in a few guys to bust up the cement and get  that door open. 

Took half a day and they call me down to take a look.  The door (maybe 3 inches thick) opens...... to a completely clean room, stocked shelves, cots, batteries, water, short wave radio.  No kidding like the Lost Dharma thing.  Room for 5-6 families, shocking.   

We talked to the local historical folks and we're working on donating a bunch of the stuff before we figure out what to do with the space.  It's 700 sq feet extending out from the house, Shocking!


Make sure the neighbors don't find out about your shelter....
 
2013-02-15 08:55:16 PM

germ78: czetie: I finally got around to watching Iron Sky, so I'm getting a kick etc.

Iron Sky on FB had a status update saying (in German) that the attack was beginning.


I cannot into German but this?
"Und dann beginnen wir mit dem Meteor-Blitzkrieg und fegen alle diese Untermenschen von der Erdkart" -"Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
 
2013-02-15 08:56:52 PM

Brett.M: A few years ago my wife and I buy a Lake house in NW NJ for our son (We live near Manhattan and he needed some room to run).  Small house, whole history behind the area, whatever.  During the home inspection we're checking the basement, huge metal door in a lowered area by the sump pump.  It's completely unmovable and the inspector says it was most likely put there  for support and is cemented in.  Ok whatever.

Two years later an old couple is walking by.  We pass greeting from the deck and the walk up to say hello.

"Do you still have the bomb shelter?"

"What????"

So the two of them come down to the basement and insist that many owners ago there was a full fledged Bomb Shelter installed!!! So I call in a few guys to bust up the cement and get  that door open. 

Took half a day and they call me down to take a look.  The door (maybe 3 inches thick) opens...... to a completely clean room, stocked shelves, cots, batteries, water, short wave radio.  No kidding like the Lost Dharma thing.  Room for 5-6 families, shocking.   

We talked to the local historical folks and we're working on donating a bunch of the stuff before we figure out what to do with the space.  It's 700 sq feet extending out from the house, Shocking!


As a Cold Warrior late to the game...

*Tremendous envy.*
 
2013-02-15 08:59:50 PM
www.cyburbia.org
 
2013-02-15 09:00:44 PM
I don't believe this. Especially since it apparently happened BEFORE Russia made the news. I think Cuba just wants to be the the attention whore here.
 
2013-02-15 09:02:43 PM

J. Frank Parnell: Totally passing through a patch of them, like i first suspected, but Phil Plait will be along any moment to tell us these are all just astronomical coincidences and there's no need to worry.



Asteroids/meteoroids* sometimes do occur in groups, but not these two (still waiting for confirmation of the Cuban object). The larger one that missed by 17K miles and the one that blew up over Russia were moving in different directions and could not both have belonged to any one group.

Coincidences happen.

*They're pretty much the same thing. Basically, if we see it while its in space, it's an asteroid. If it hits Earth's atmosphere before being seen, it's a meteoroid.
 
2013-02-15 09:03:11 PM
hmm, I watched 'Battleship' last night and today it appears that we're definitely under attack.. erm... B1?
 
2013-02-15 09:04:20 PM

SpaceBison: This sort of stuff happens all the time. Only nowadays we have the internet and 24 hour cable news to help blow everything out of proportion.


Not the only reason that the Russia thing made the news. 1000 people injured, and about 1 million square feet of glass shattered, those are newsworthy events, it's not just something blown out of proportion by the 24 hour news cycle.

The difference between your "exactly the same" story, and what happened this morning is obvious in the very last line of your story: "... no reports of any damage."

This wasn't the end of the world, but it wasn't blown out of proportion, either.
 
2013-02-15 09:04:32 PM

germ78: On the plus side, the meteorite fragments will be able to pay for the cost of repair to all the broken windows...


Surprised nobody has posted a pic from Creepshow's Jordy Verrill story...
 
2013-02-15 09:11:36 PM
basemetal: Of course, no video from 1960's Cuba.

They're up to 1980 technology.

Here's the latest screen shot:
i47.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-15 09:12:09 PM

occamswrist: Sgeo: jehovahs witness protection: We may be in for a big surprise soon.

Admittedly, it's possible that we're missing stuff, and that is scary, but it's not any more likely to happen now than it was a year ago.

I get the feeling asteroids come in clusters...no data to back it up...



They can; in fact, multiple meteors following the same course through the atmosphere and multiple meteors occurring almost simultaneously on parallel courses have both been observed. However, all of the objects in a given cluster share a common orbit around the sun. If two objects come from different directions, they can't belong to the same cluster.

Random events will appear to cluster over time as well. If they always occur at widely spaced intervals, they're not random.
 
2013-02-15 09:14:26 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-15 09:15:36 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: Obviously due to global warming.

A CNN reporter who doesn't understand science is making the asking if there is a connection.


Scientific illiteracy is apolitical...unlike your trolling.
 
2013-02-15 09:16:50 PM

Brett.M: A few years ago my wife and I buy a Lake house in NW NJ for our son (We live near Manhattan and he needed some room to run).  Small house, whole history behind the area, whatever.  During the home inspection we're checking the basement, huge metal door in a lowered area by the sump pump.  It's completely unmovable and the inspector says it was most likely put there  for support and is cemented in.  Ok whatever.

Two years later an old couple is walking by.  We pass greeting from the deck and the walk up to say hello.

"Do you still have the bomb shelter?"

"What????"

So the two of them come down to the basement and insist that many owners ago there was a full fledged Bomb Shelter installed!!! So I call in a few guys to bust up the cement and get  that door open. 

Took half a day and they call me down to take a look.  The door (maybe 3 inches thick) opens...... to a completely clean room, stocked shelves, cots, batteries, water, short wave radio.  No kidding like the Lost Dharma thing.  Room for 5-6 families, shocking.   

We talked to the local historical folks and we're working on donating a bunch of the stuff before we figure out what to do with the space.  It's 700 sq feet extending out from the house, Shocking!


Way cool.
Do you have pics?
 
2013-02-15 09:17:58 PM
bullshiat... it's ALL

BULLSHIAT
 
2013-02-15 09:18:26 PM

Brett.M: A few years ago my wife and I buy a Lake house in NW NJ for our son (We live near Manhattan and he needed some room to run).  Small house, whole history behind the area, whatever.  During the home inspection we're checking the basement, huge metal door in a lowered area by the sump pump.  It's completely unmovable and the inspector says it was most likely put there  for support and is cemented in.  Ok whatever.

Two years later an old couple is walking by.  We pass greeting from the deck and the walk up to say hello.

"Do you still have the bomb shelter?"

"What????"

So the two of them come down to the basement and insist that many owners ago there was a full fledged Bomb Shelter installed!!! So I call in a few guys to bust up the cement and get  that door open. 

Took half a day and they call me down to take a look.  The door (maybe 3 inches thick) opens...... to a completely clean room, stocked shelves, cots, batteries, water, short wave radio.  No kidding like the Lost Dharma thing.  Room for 5-6 families, shocking.   

We talked to the local historical folks and we're working on donating a bunch of the stuff before we figure out what to do with the space.  It's 700 sq feet extending out from the house, Shocking!


Cool story, but terribly written. 6/10
 
2013-02-15 09:18:51 PM

Frederick: J. Frank Parnell: Totally passing through a patch of them, like i first suspected, but Phil Plait will be along any moment to tell us these are all just astronomical coincidences and there's no need to worry.

So you've also noticed the bad astronomer is nothing more than a ass kissing, mouthpiece to establishment.


blayne.dark-ware.org
Settle down Agent.
 
2013-02-15 09:19:03 PM

vodka: bullshiat... it's ALL

BULLSHIAT


I disagree.  Those are not bulls.
 
2013-02-15 09:19:32 PM

BarkingUnicorn: davidphogan: Are we all going to die?

No, I'm going to wake up and you're going to disappear.


Wake Up and Disappear was a great album.

/obscure
//seriously, that's probably obscure even for Fark
 
2013-02-15 09:22:15 PM

common sense is an oxymoron: occamswrist: Sgeo: jehovahs witness protection: We may be in for a big surprise soon.

Admittedly, it's possible that we're missing stuff, and that is scary, but it's not any more likely to happen now than it was a year ago.

I get the feeling asteroids come in clusters...no data to back it up...


They can; in fact, multiple meteors following the same course through the atmosphere and multiple meteors occurring almost simultaneously on parallel courses have both been observed. However, all of the objects in a given cluster share a common orbit around the sun. If two objects come from different directions, they can't belong to the same cluster.

Random events will appear to cluster over time as well. If they always occur at widely spaced intervals, they're not random.


Much more likely that as the asteroid approached the sun the heat caused it to crack and a piece fell off, travelling roughly with the same speed and direction as the main body, +/- the velocity caused by breaking apart from the main rock.  /repeatable
 
2013-02-15 09:28:13 PM
According to the prophecies of Saint Malachy Rome will be destroyed by meteorites in the jewish year of AM 5773 just after the Black Pope takes the seat of St. Peter.

/The current Jewish year is 5773
//The next Pope is likely to be Black
///Nostradamus was nothing next to Saint Malachy
//// I listen to way too much coasttocoastam.com
 
2013-02-15 09:30:04 PM

PsiChick: SN1987a goes boom: Oh great, does this mean we'll get 3-4 new asteroid movies and a new History channel "shark week"-esque series on meteors?

Some farking FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS TO CATCH THIS SHIAT BEFORE IT HAPPENS would be nice...

/Sorry, but it was a lot more geeking-out when I hadn't just wrestled Google for hours.



They're working on it:

http://www.fallingstar.com/

$5 million sounds like a bargain.
 
2013-02-15 09:30:31 PM

libranoelrose: Was probably just a whale farting.


www.neutralzone.de
Yeah.
Who cares about whales?
 
2013-02-15 09:30:40 PM
It's not impossible they could be part of the same swarm. Ever heard of a "meteor shower"? Those somewhat predictable events in which multiple meteors strike the Earth's atmosphere at the same time, just usually they're too small to hit the ground? No reason we couldn't have two larger ones at the same time as well.

Because let's face it, all the predictions astronomers have been making for the past 15 or 20 years, about the risks of an asteroid or large meteor strike haven't just been scaremongering or vague warnings of something that "might" happen. Just because an event is statistically unlikely doesn't mean it couldn't happen tomorrow...or today, as we just saw. What occurred in Russia was the same thing that happened in Tunguska 108 years ago, only this time it happened over a populated area. A big meteor sneaked up on us because we're not watching for them, and detonated over the land. Lucky for us, as someone already observed, nobody has their fingers on the red buttons any more.

And the reason stuff like this doesn't seem to happen more often is that most of the planet is water. If this had happened out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which it probably has more than once in the last hundred years, there'd have been no cell phones, and no broken windows or casualties. That doesn't mean it hasn't happened. Just that this time we weren't quite as lucky.
 
2013-02-15 09:31:04 PM
Why the heck is a reference to coldwar era russia filtered?
 
2013-02-15 09:31:05 PM
 
2013-02-15 09:33:51 PM

Tony_Pepperoni: Brett.M: A few years ago my wife and I buy a Lake house in NW NJ for our son (We live near Manhattan and he needed some room to run).  Small house, whole history behind the area, whatever.  During the home inspection we're checking the basement, huge metal door in a lowered area by the sump pump.  It's completely unmovable and the inspector says it was most likely put there  for support and is cemented in.  Ok whatever.

Two years later an old couple is walking by.  We pass greeting from the deck and the walk up to say hello.

"Do you still have the bomb shelter?"

"What????"

So the two of them come down to the basement and insist that many owners ago there was a full fledged Bomb Shelter installed!!! So I call in a few guys to bust up the cement and get  that door open. 

Took half a day and they call me down to take a look.  The door (maybe 3 inches thick) opens...... to a completely clean room, stocked shelves, cots, batteries, water, short wave radio.  No kidding like the Lost Dharma thing.  Room for 5-6 families, shocking.   

We talked to the local historical folks and we're working on donating a bunch of the stuff before we figure out what to do with the space.  It's 700 sq feet extending out from the house, Shocking!

Way cool.
Do you have pics?


In California old bomb shelters are now called wine cellars and add $$$ to the price of the home.
 
2013-02-15 09:34:09 PM

kokomo61: Brett.M: A few years ago my wife and I buy a Lake house in NW NJ for our son (We live near Manhattan and he needed some room to run).  Small house, whole history behind the area, whatever.  During the home inspection we're checking the basement, huge metal door in a lowered area by the sump pump.  It's completely unmovable and the inspector says it was most likely put there  for support and is cemented in.  Ok whatever.

Two years later an old couple is walking by.  We pass greeting from the deck and the walk up to say hello.

"Do you still have the bomb shelter?"

"What????"

So the two of them come down to the basement and insist that many owners ago there was a full fledged Bomb Shelter installed!!! So I call in a few guys to bust up the cement and get  that door open. 

Took half a day and they call me down to take a look.  The door (maybe 3 inches thick) opens...... to a completely clean room, stocked shelves, cots, batteries, water, short wave radio.  No kidding like the Lost Dharma thing.  Room for 5-6 families, shocking.   

We talked to the local historical folks and we're working on donating a bunch of the stuff before we figure out what to do with the space.  It's 700 sq feet extending out from the house, Shocking!

Make sure the neighbors don't find out about your shelter....


And WHATEVER you do, don't post it on the Internet. Nothing could be more stupid.
 
2013-02-15 09:36:04 PM

MaliFinn: common sense is an oxymoron: occamswrist: Sgeo: jehovahs witness protection: We may be in for a big surprise soon.

Admittedly, it's possible that we're missing stuff, and that is scary, but it's not any more likely to happen now than it was a year ago.

I get the feeling asteroids come in clusters...no data to back it up...


They can; in fact, multiple meteors following the same course through the atmosphere and multiple meteors occurring almost simultaneously on parallel courses have both been observed. However, all of the objects in a given cluster share a common orbit around the sun. If two objects come from different directions, they can't belong to the same cluster.

Random events will appear to cluster over time as well. If they always occur at widely spaced intervals, they're not random.

Much more likely that as the asteroid approached the sun the heat caused it to crack and a piece fell off, travelling roughly with the same speed and direction as the main body, +/- the velocity caused by breaking apart from the main rock.  /repeatable



This happens to comets routinely. The separation velocity, however, is negligible compared to the orbital velocity. If two objects share the same orbit, or close to it, then perhaps something like this may have happened. If not, then no.
 
2013-02-15 09:40:23 PM

Silverstaff: eyeq360: SN1987a goes boom: Oh great, does this mean we'll get 3-4 new asteroid movies and a new History channel "shark week"-esque series on meteors?

Then we go into supervolcanoes and the San Andreas fault.

A relatively modest asteroid impact in US Great Plains area sets off the Yellowstone Supervolcano. . .the resulting seismic activity is just enough to make the San Andreas fault finally snap and send LA into the Pacific ocean right as the Supervolcano is thrusting Earth into a new ice age (and taking out a good chunk of the Continental US in the blast).

Some hack in LA is already writing it, I'm sure.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-15 09:42:02 PM
common sense is an oxymoron:

MaliFinn: common sense is an oxymoron: occamswrist: Sgeo: jehovahs witness protection: We may be in for a big surprise soon.

Admittedly, it's possible that we're missing stuff, and that is scary, but it's not any more likely to happen now than it was a year ago.

I get the feeling asteroids come in clusters...no data to back it up...


They can; in fact, multiple meteors following the same course through the atmosphere and multiple meteors occurring almost simultaneously on parallel courses have both been observed. However, all of the objects in a given cluster share a common orbit around the sun. If two objects come from different directions, they can't belong to the same cluster.

Random events will appear to cluster over time as well. If they always occur at widely spaced intervals, they're not random.

Much more likely that as the asteroid approached the sun the heat caused it to crack and a piece fell off, travelling roughly with the same speed and direction as the main body, +/- the velocity caused by breaking apart from the main rock. /repeatable


This happens to comets routinely. The separation velocity, however, is negligible compared to the orbital velocity. If two objects share the same orbit, or close to it, then perhaps something like this may have happened. If not, then no.


From what I understand / heard, the two objects were coming in from radically different directions, and so unrelated.

I shrug and mention "Hey, we have these things called meteor showers where we pass through a *known* trail of debris, and get pelted with kilotons (guessing) of stuff."

Is no big deal.
 
2013-02-15 09:42:08 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: davidphogan: Are we all going to die?

Yes.
Everyone will die at some point.
Except maybe for Steven Hawkings and Phillip McSweeney.


What's up with not knowing how to spell Stephen Hawking properly? I've seen it a lot lately.
 
2013-02-15 09:43:02 PM

Gyrfalcon: It's not impossible they could be part of the same swarm. Ever heard of a "meteor shower"? Those somewhat predictable events in which multiple meteors strike the Earth's atmosphere at the same time, just usually they're too small to hit the ground? No reason we couldn't have two larger ones at the same time as well.



Meteor showers are caused by Earth passing through the debris streams left by passing comets. All of the meteors in a given shower share a common orbit, that of the source comet.

If two meteors are in different orbits, they can't belong to the same swarm.
 
2013-02-15 09:44:29 PM
saturn badger:

Silverstaff: eyeq360: SN1987a goes boom: Oh great, does this mean we'll get 3-4 new asteroid movies and a new History channel "shark week"-esque series on meteors?

Then we go into supervolcanoes and the San Andreas fault.

A relatively modest asteroid impact in US Great Plains area sets off the Yellowstone Supervolcano. . .the resulting seismic activity is just enough to make the San Andreas fault finally snap and send LA into the Pacific ocean right as the Supervolcano is thrusting Earth into a new ice age (and taking out a good chunk of the Continental US in the blast).

Some hack in LA is already writing it, I'm sure.

upload.wikimedia.org


I love that movie if for no other reason than that it doesn't offer up the usual Hollywood happy ending.
 
2013-02-15 09:44:37 PM

Eegah: Eegah: lousyskater: The Russia meteor was a bit bigger than I thought it'd be...

grazing impact

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20130215.ht ml

Holy moley, That was a close call! I didn't realize that the main piece(s) left the atmosphere again, but in retrospect the trail kind of gives that indication. It that thing hadn't come in so shallow, it would've been a whopper and that region may have been decimated.

On second thought, maybe I misunderstood. I thought "grazing impact" meant it left again. Maybe it just means "would have left but the atmosphere got in the way".


It means it came in at a very low angle as to burn up before it could even come close to the ground. Had it come in at a much steeper incline it would have wiped out any city/town in it's way.
 
2013-02-15 09:45:32 PM
We have so many powerful images from the Russian meteor event that this Cuban meteror even if it did fall may as well not have in terms of it being a story due to the paucity of evidence beyond eyewitnesses.

Bot so much "pics or it didn't happen" as "pics or it may as well not have".
 
2013-02-15 09:47:45 PM

neongoats: Lucifer's Hammer the movie. Book it, done. It should sell right in the room.


Agreed. If done right it would be epic.
 
2013-02-15 09:50:13 PM

czetie: I finally got around to watching Iron Sky, so I'm getting a kick etc.


That was a pretty good movie. It had its moments.
 
2013-02-15 09:53:13 PM
My dad saw and heard a pretty big meteor distintigration in a remote area of western south dakota in the 70s while working for the railroad.  This isn't actually that unusual.
 
2013-02-15 09:55:24 PM
This thread requires a mention of Spaceguard and the fact that most of the scarier objects (Torino-scale speaking,) were first observed by amateurs.
There's always another out there. The worst ones come in on tight hairpin orbits such that they're coming towards us with the Sun in our eyes, so. A) they're invisible until they're almost upon us, and B) they're moving very, very fast. You sort of have to find them long before they start their turn around the sun if you're going to know they're coming at all.
 
2013-02-15 09:57:10 PM

Eegah: lousyskater: The Russia meteor was a bit bigger than I thought it'd be...

Preliminary information indicates that a meteor in Chelyabinsk, Russia, is not related to asteroid 2012 DA14, which is flying by Earth safely today. The Russia meteor is the largest reported since 1908, when a meteor hit Tunguska, Siberia. The meteor entered the atmosphere at about 40,000 mph (18 kilometers per second). The impact time was 7:20:26 p.m. PST, or 10:20:26 p.m. EST on Feb. 14 (3:20:26 UTC on Feb. 15), and the energy released by the impact was in the hundreds of kilotons. Based on the duration of the event, it was a very shallow entry. It was larger than the meteor over Indonesia on Oct. 8, 2009. Measurements are still coming in, and a more precise measure of the energy may be available later. The size of the object before hitting the atmosphere was about 49 feet (15 meters) and had a mass of about 7,000 tons. The meteor, which was about one-third the diameter of asteroid 2012 DA14, was brighter than the sun. Its trail was visible for about 30 seconds, so it was a grazing impact through the atmosphere. It is important to note that this estimate is preliminary, and may be revised as more data is obtained.
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20130215.ht ml

Holy moley, That was a close call! I didn't realize that the main piece(s) left the atmosphere again, but in retrospect the trail kind of gives that indication. It that thing hadn't come in so shallow, it would've been a whopper and that region may have been decimated.


Where does it say that? It came in at a low angle. Hence grazing.
 
2013-02-15 09:59:37 PM

Brett.M: A few years ago my wife and I buy a Lake house in NW NJ for our son (We live near Manhattan and he needed some room to run).  Small house, whole history behind the area, whatever.  During the home inspection we're checking the basement, huge metal door in a lowered area by the sump pump.  It's completely unmovable and the inspector says it was most likely put there  for support and is cemented in.  Ok whatever.

Two years later an old couple is walking by.  We pass greeting from the deck and the walk up to say hello.

"Do you still have the bomb shelter?"

"What????"

So the two of them come down to the basement and insist that many owners ago there was a full fledged Bomb Shelter installed!!! So I call in a few guys to bust up the cement and get  that door open.

Took half a day and they call me down to take a look.  The door (maybe 3 inches thick) opens...... to a completely clean room, stocked shelves, cots, batteries, water, short wave radio.  No kidding like the Lost Dharma thing.  Room for 5-6 families, shocking.

We talked to the local historical folks and we're working on donating a bunch of the stuff before we figure out what to do with the space.  It's 700 sq feet extending out from the house, Shocking!


Wow too bad that was the day your camera was at the shop getting repaired!

/oh who am I kidding none of that is true
 
Displayed 50 of 290 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report