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Ural region in Russia hit by meteor shower!

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

  1. Wiery

    Wiery Well-Known Member

    So, does every Russian have a GoPro mounted on the dashboard? Why do they do this; is it because accidents are numerous and a video record is good to have, or is it just something that is done?

    When I first saw the reports, I wondered how the local emergency rooms and clinics would handle 500+ people
  2. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Apparently it's not such a huge coincidence that this happened. I read an article that says a meteorite of some size hits Earth about once a day. This one just happened to be large enough and over a populated area. Most of earth is not populated, think about all the oceans!
  3. love_skate2011

    love_skate2011 Well-Known Member

    any truths about meteors also hit Cuba ?
  4. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member


    I heard one report that says it has to do with police corruption.
  5. Reuven

    Reuven Official FSU Alte Kacher

    No translation necessary! :lol:
  6. Gazpacho

    Gazpacho Well-Known Member

    Could Sarah Palin see it from her house? :shuffle:
  7. Wiery

    Wiery Well-Known Member

    Same day?

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  8. Wiery

    Wiery Well-Known Member

    Thank you!

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  9. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    They're not video cameras, they're still cameras, so they'd have to get around to taking a picture of that same part of sky again and then examining what changed. :lol:

    Also, it's much harder if the object in question doesn't give off light. :)

    Unfortunately, an object of even very small size going at extremely high speed can cause a lot of damage. It's just one of the dangers of living on a planet hurtling through space...
  10. FarFarAway

    FarFarAway Four the Dark Side

    Mainly because yes, accidents are numerous and yes, video record is indeed good to have. Just in case.

    As fot the 500+ injured - Chelyabinsk is a very large city, I believe it's nearing 2 millions with all the suburbs that almost merged with the city, so there are a lot of hospitals and clinics and as I heard everything went normal, though there were a lot more people than usual.

    I just saw the news from Chelyabinsk and actually the showed an Ice Palace which is practically ruined in the inside - all those contsruction pieces just fell on the ice on the people. And yet another miracle - no one hurt.

    So far, only one woman was transported to Moscow clinic - she was literally blown off the ladder by the explosion while she worked near her house in Chelyabinsk suburbs. They say her spine is seriously injured.

    South Urals State University was seriously damaged and I saw the pictures my friends took and reports on TV today and I am really thankful my dad went to Europe a week ago and my stepmother was at work, because their apartment is literally right behind the corner from this University.
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  11. Bournekraatzfan

    Bournekraatzfan Well-Known Member

    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). :(
  12. Domshabfan

    Domshabfan A proud P/C fan

    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)
  13. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    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.
  15. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

  16. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Thanks for the explanation, Anita18.