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Meteorites falling, huge asteroids passing....

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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With all that happened in Russia this morning, are you worried about the huge asteroid that's passing by earth later today?...


NASA's experts on near-Earth objects say that the time of closest approach will come at 2:25 p.m. ET


Experts estimate that asteroids the size of 2012 DA14 hit our planet every 1,200 years or so, exploding with the energy of a 2.5-megaton atomic bomb: The last such impact struck a remote region of Siberia without warning in 1908, flattening 820 square miles of forest. If an object that big were to hit in just the wrong place, it could wipe out a city. Coincidentally, a much smaller meteoroidcame down over Russia on Friday, sparking a fireball and a glass-shattering shock wave.

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sucker4myloves
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

What? I just woke up, got links to news stories?

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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM
What happened?
VannaMae307
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Nah. I've seen "Deep Impact", I know what will happen, I'm not afraid...

just kidding. but no I'm actually not, I don't think we'll even be able to see it in America?

destiny2nv
by Platinum Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Link? I didn't hear about it
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needsupport100
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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nope, it's not the first, nor the las that earth will be hit by a meteor. and it's NOT the end of the world.

i'll die when God is ready for me to, then i'll be released from this sad sick earth.

LectioDivina
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM


Quoting sucker4myloves:

What? I just woke up, got links to news stories?

CBS/AP/ February 15, 2013, 1:30 AM

Meteorites slam into Russia as meteor seen streaking through morning sky

Updated at 9:34 a.m. Eastern

MOSCOWA meteor streaked through the sky and exploded Friday over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring almost 1,000 people. The spectacle deeply frightened thousands, with some elderly women declaring the world was coming to an end.

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Meteorites crash into Russia

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Meteorites fall from the sky in Russia

The meteor — estimated to be about 10 tons — entered the Earth's atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph and shattered about 18-32 miles above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

It released the energy of several kilotons above the Chelyabinsk region, the academy said.

Amateur videos broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time, just after sunrise, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

The explosions broke an estimated 1 million square feet of glass, city officials said.

Russia's Interfax news agency said close to 1,000 people sought medical care after the explosions and most were injured by shards of glass, according to officials. Athletes at a city sports arena were among those cut up by the flying glass. It was not immediately clear if any people were struck by space fragments.

"There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people's houses to check if they were OK," said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region.

"We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

Amateur videos posted to Youtube showed a bright streaks of light crossing the morning sky. In some videos, a large boom was heard -- possibly an impact or possibly a sonic boom of the meteor sailing through the Earth's atmosphere at more than the speed of sound.

Of note in some of the videos is the remarkable calm with which Russians observed the event. CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips notes that Chelyabinsk is a place where the unusual may actually be taken in stride. It was a major nuclear weapons manufacturing center in the Soviet Union days, with a history of nuclear contamination and evacuations.

A meteor contrail is seen in Chelyabinsk region of Russia

In this photo taken with a mobile phone, a meteor contrail is seen in Chelyabinsk region of Russia, Feb. 15, 2013.

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At least part of the event was captured on amateur video. Some broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

CBS News contributor Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York, says the meteor was a classic example of Mother Nature "showing Hollywood who's boss." He said the meteor was about the size of a house.

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Asteroid half the size of a football field nears Earth

The meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid -- about 17,150 miles. European Space Agency (ESA) spokesman Bernhard Von Weyhein said, however, that there was no connection with the meteor over Russia, it was just a cosmic coincidence.

Professor Kaku told "CBS This Morning," however, that in spite of the ESA's tracing the meteor's trajectory and ruling out a link to 2012 DA14, "asteroids occur in swarms, so it is very possible that (the meteor over Russia) was part of a swarm from it." Kaku said the incident served the residents of Earth with a reminder; that "we are in a cosmic shooting gallery."

Meteors are pieces of space rock, usually from larger comets or asteroids, which enter the Earth's atmosphere. Many are burned up by the heat of the atmosphere, but those that survive and strike the Earth are called meteorites. They often hit the ground at tremendous speed -- up to about 19,000 miles an hour, according to the European Space Agency. That releases a huge amount of force.

Experts say smaller strikes happen five to 10 times a year. Large impacts such as the one Friday in Russia are rarer but still occur about every five years, according to Addi Bischoff, a mineralogist at the University of Muenster in Germany. Most of these strikes happen in uninhabited areas where they don't cause injuries to humans.

cutebaby06
by Platinum Member on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Ha,IKR, I'm waiting for some moms to come in here and say "Oh no, it's the end of the world tomorrow".


Quoting needsupport100:

nope, it's not the first, nor the las that earth will be hit by a meteor. and it's NOT the end of the world.

i'll die when God is ready for me to, then i'll be released from this sad sick earth.



LectioDivina
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM


Quoting Anonymous:

What happened?

A meteorite just hit Russia that was about ten tons, now an asteroid 50 times bigger is going to pass by us later this afternoon even closer than out own satellites are positioned. They are calling it a "buzz cut" that you would get at the barber....

LectioDivina
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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lol not tomorrow, we have like 4 - 6 hours

Quoting cutebaby06:

Ha,IKR, I'm waiting for some moms to come in here and say "Oh no, it's the end of the world tomorrow".


Quoting needsupport100:

nope, it's not the first, nor the las that earth will be hit by a meteor. and it's NOT the end of the world.

i'll die when God is ready for me to, then i'll be released from this sad sick earth.




needsupport100
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

 


Quoting cutebaby06:

Ha,IKR, I'm waiting for some moms to come in here and say "Oh no, it's the end of the world tomorrow".

 eye rolling Many of us forget how many have already hit earth. The first off the top of my head is the one in AZ...it was pretty large......earth is still here (imagine that)

 

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