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    Meteorite crash in central Russia

    Here's a link to a Buzzfeed post with several videos (worth watching, trust me):
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczyn...rted-in-russia

    And a BBC report:
    Central Russia hit by meteor shower
    Quote Originally Posted by BBC.co.uk
    A meteor shower in central Russia has caused some injuries and shattered windows, reports say.

    Brightly burning rocks could be seen for hundreds of kilometres as they crashed into the Ural region.


    Chelyabinsk residents reported shaking ground, windows being shattered and car alarms being set off during the shower.


    The traces from falling objects could be seen in Yekaterinburg, about 200km (125 miles) south-east of Chelyabinsk, a witness told the Reuters news agency.


    "A meteorite exploded above the Chelyabinsk region," an emergencies ministry spokesman told Interfax.


    A witness in Chelyabinsk told Reuters that a huge blast was heard early on Friday morning and that shockwaves were felt in a 19-storey building in the town centre.


    The Interfax news agency said that preliminary reports indicated that four people were injured by flying glass.


    People in the Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk regions reported seeing "burning objects" in the sky.

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    Good god this is terrifying, BUT SO FUCKING COOL. That sonic bang is absolutely unreal.

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    Despite the reports, there is no way in fuck that the russian military shot that down.

    Also, it's very unlikely to be the DA14 asteroid that is going to pass next to us in 12 hours. Being 6000km infront would be absurd. Also, this thing looks to be moving east to west. DA14 would be moving south to north.

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    102 people have been treated for injuries so far. And while some are saying that it was multiple objects, the videos I saw looked like it was only one meteorite that likely split or fragmented as it entered the atmosphere. The contrail looks like it may have split in two before it exploded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalChaos View Post
    Despite the reports, there is no way in fuck that the russian military shot that down.
    Agreed. That's complete bullshit. I don't know of any missile that would be capable of intercepting that thing given how quickly it came in. My heart was punding watching the video of the sonic boom going off. Terrifying yet stunning at the same time.

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    Here's another video. Notice how long after the meteor travels through the sky the sonic boom goes off, as well as the booms of the smaller fragments that were breaking off. With what little knowledge I know on this subject, and hopefully someone will correct me if I'm wrong, I would imagine this thing was probably traveling between 10,000 and 20,000mph before it started slowing up hitting the outer atmosphere of the earth. Stuff like this really gives you an appreciation for our atmosphere. I always have nightmares about asteroids and nukes going off and wiping everything out, but after seeing this its funny that there would be a sliver of morbid beauty watching an asteroid plummet to the ground.
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    Fucking hell! I'd be interested to know if the meteorite's size can be estimated. Just to put things into perspective.

    EDIT: On Russian air defense hitting the meteorite: Of course that's bullshit! Τhe meteorite was stopped simply by the baleful gaze of Putin!
    Last edited by Alexandros; 02-15-2013 at 05:37 AM.

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    What is it with Russia and meteorite impacts? I mean, there was Tunguska in 1908 and now this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staleincense View Post
    What is it with Russia and meteorite impacts? I mean, there was Tunguska in 1908 and now this.
    maybe because russia is the largest country on this planet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandros View Post
    Fucking hell! I'd be interested to know if the meteorite's size can be estimated. Just to put things into perspective.

    EDIT: On Russian air defense hitting the meteorite: Of course that's bullshit! Τhe meteorite was stopped simply by the baleful gaze of Putin!
    these meteors were comparatively tiny. not more than a few feet in diameter. but they were very very fast (~20k km per hour, even faster), which makes them so impressive.
    Last edited by baudolino; 02-15-2013 at 07:12 AM.

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    ^^I know they were small, I was wondering exactly how small. Like: One meter (three feet) in diameter? 5 meters? Probably can't be estimated with that kind of accuracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandros View Post
    ^^I know they were small, I was wondering exactly how small. Like: One meter (three feet) in diameter? 5 meters? Probably can't be estimated with that kind of accuracy.
    i figured that if it would have been bigger radar stations would have detected it before it penetrated the atmosphere. on the other side, would authorities inform the public about a 5 meter rock in space. propably not, esp. in russia.

    edit: just found a picture showing the impact location: http://cdn1.spiegel.de/images/image-...eryV9-ctel.jpg

    2nd edit: well, i was wrong in every point
    Last edited by baudolino; 02-15-2013 at 11:12 AM.

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    Thank FUCK it didn't trigger any Launch-on-Warning systems!

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    Quote Originally Posted by baudolino View Post
    i figured that if it would have been bigger radar stations would have detected it before it penetrated the atmosphere. on the other side, would authorities inform the public about a 5 meter rock in space. propably not, esp. in russia.

    edit: just found a picture showing the impact location: http://cdn1.spiegel.de/images/image-...eryV9-ctel.jpg
    That's pretty big. Apparently it was 11-tone before entering the atmosphere. Thank God it didn't land in a populated area.

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    Sonic BOOM!

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    "Russian scientists estimate the speed was 55,000 Km/h" -- The military would have to use some failry Top Secret weapons to strike that target.....

    This is a pretty amazing video, I can't say that we've ever seen something quite like this on video before. Reiminds me that there's always the possibility of Earth passing into the path of a field of large meteors... imagine 5000 of these hitting. Or one large meteor....

    I say we use the moon. Yes the moon. Maneuver the moon into a position wich will block/intercept incoming meteors... crazy?

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    P.S. Russia is making the internet interesting again. I swear everyone has a dashboard cam in their car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snaapz View Post
    Maneuver the moon into a position wich will block/intercept incoming meteors... crazy?
    Yes it is crazy. The moon already blocks a bunch of shit anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snaapz View Post
    P.S. Russia is making the internet interesting again. I swear everyone has a dashboard cam in their car.
    You can thank insurance fraud for that.

    Reports are saying close to 1,000 people injured, mostly from broken glass. Like someone said above, thankfully this didn't hit a more densely populated area.

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    I just think it's touching that it showed up for the premiere of the new Bruce Willis movie.

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    Viral marketing at it's best, y'all

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Becoming View Post
    You can thank insurance fraud for {so many Russians having dashboard cameras}.
    You can also blame corrupted traffic cops, a general distrust of the police, and shitty road conditions. This is why I'm not surprised that there are so many dashboard videos of the meteor as it entered the atmosphere and descended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staleincense View Post
    What is it with Russia and meteorite impacts? I mean, there was Tunguska in 1908 and now this.
    Actually, the Tunguska event is still officially unexplained, although it is considered an impact event. Scientists can't agree on what it is that crashed. A meteor is the favorite explanation though. Personally, I blame Tesla. *cues Twilight Zone theme*

    I'm sorry for those who were hurt by last night's meteorites but damn is it fascinating.

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    Totally unreal!

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    Dr. Neil DrGrasse Tyson explains the meteorite, why it isn't related to 2012 AD14 (which will fly by very, very soon), and why this one wasn't detected on radar:
    http://www.today.com/video/today/50820935

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    Quote Originally Posted by marodi View Post
    Actually, the Tunguska event is still officially unexplained, although it is considered an impact event. Scientists can't agree on what it is that crashed. A meteor is the favorite explanation though. Personally, I blame Tesla. *cues Twilight Zone theme*

    I'm sorry for those who were hurt by last night's meteorites but damn is it fascinating.
    I think the widely accepted version is comet rather than meteorite, in the sense that they haven't found any meteorite fragments in the area, which leads them to suspect that it was made of materials that completely evaporated in the atmosphere, which would be far easier to happen to a comet due to its nature (i.e. a big "frozen" ball).

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    Can you imagine if this thing hit downtown LA or Manhattan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandros View Post
    I think the widely accepted version is comet rather than meteorite, in the sense that they haven't found any meteorite fragments in the area, which leads them to suspect that it was made of materials that completely evaporated in the atmosphere, which would be far easier to happen to a comet due to its nature (i.e. a big "frozen" ball).
    Yeah it is generally accepted that it was a comet which exploded as it entered the atmosphere (but before it hit the ground)

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    That's not how science works.

    It was a meteor.


    Nevermind, I thought we were discussing today's event.

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    Very cool footage! There was a thing on the radio today saying how AD14 passed by coming from the southern hemisphere and this was coming in from the north, so they're obviously completely unrelated, but the odds against something this size entering the atmosphere in the same 24hr period as a football field-sized object passing within 25,000km (?) of Earth (the closest flyby of an object that size in a fuck-long time?) are pretty astronomical (hur hur).

    We'll find out if it truly is a coincidence once the tripods start hauling themselves out of the rubble.

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