Ural region in Russia hit by meteor shower!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Buzz, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Bournekraatzfan

    Bournekraatzfan New Member

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    FarFarAway, I am glad your family and friends are okay. That must have been very scary.

    My thoughts are with all those who were injured (+ their families). :(
  2. Domshabfan

    Domshabfan Well-Known Member

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    I am glad you and your family is safe...

    It was not just Russian Astronomers who missed but entire astronomers around the world missed it. Nobody knew the asteroid was actually going to land in Russia, it could have landed anywhere in the world. The object is not that huge so chance of missing this was fairly large. It is also possible the object may have broken of from the other Asteroid which we knew about.

    The very likely people to spot such an objects would have been amateur astronomers. Even the observers (astronomers and astrophysicist who do mostly observations) wouldn't have spotted this object unless the object came into the region they where looking. All the big telescopes are observing object(s) for a specific pre-defined study, for which they had to write a proposal and got accepted by the telescope committee (most telescopes are over subscribed since the number of proposal far out number the available time). Probably some telescopes (BIG) are doing asteroid search, but definitely not vast majority of them.

    If you want a comet named after you get your telescope and start observing :) ...(and hope it does not have a path directly towards us)
  3. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

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    The meteorite that fell in Russia had nothing to do with 2012 DA14, the big asteroid that passed by Earth late last night. They had completely different orbits, and didn't affect each other in any way. It was just a coincidence that they both happened to swing by on the same day.
  4. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Saw a rant in Russian about how the Russian missile defense system or just a plain radar should have picked up the meteors entering the atmosphere and warned the population. Not even a peep from the government ahead of this though.
  5. vesperholly

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  6. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    Hope you feel better soon FarFarAway, and glad you and yours are fine. Been looking at a LOT of videos of the event and it is still so spectacular and scary.
  7. Anita18

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    Incoming meteors are MUCH faster than planes or even missiles. The Mach 5 missile in development can hit 3,700 mph and can hypothetically bomb anywhere in the world within a hour of deployment. This sucker was 33,000 mph, and broke apart 20-30 miles above the earth. The damage was from the shockwave, not anything physical.

    Not sure what they could have done even if radar could have picked it up. By the time they got the message to the TV stations, it would have already happened.

    Also, the space scanners didn't see it because it came from the direction of the sun, which will overpower anything visual. Something needs to be coming at us from the night sky in order to be detectable.
  8. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Thanks for the explanation, Anita18.