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Possible meteor shower reported in eastern Russia

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  1. cj9788

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/15/us-russia-meteorite-idUSBRE91E05Z20130215





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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21468116

     
  3. dpeters11

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    Neil DeGrasse Tyson says this happens about once a decade.
     
  4. tsmacro

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    Good thing this didn't happen during the cold war, otherwise the USSR may have thought the USA was attacking them! Guess they can blame it on Marvin the Martian hurling rocks at the Earth. :D
     
  5. Carl Spock

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    It was just a sperm whale and a bowl of petunias.
     
  6. dpeters11

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    There was a 12 kiloton explosion in 2002 over the Mediterranean. Who knows what would have happened if it had been in the area of India and Pakistan. Things were really tense there during that time.

    This is an interesting article on why there is so much dash cam video of this meteor.

    http://mashable.com/2013/02/15/why-russians-have-dash-cams-caught-meteor/
     
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    Oh wait found the following quote: "Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, said "It's not meteors falling. It's the test of a new weapon by the Americans," the RIA Novosti news agency reported."
    from the following article: http://www.weather.com/news/meteor-hits-earth-20130215

    So obviously there's still Russians convinced that the cold war isn't over.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    Get quotes from enough people, and you'll get all sorts of crazy answers.

    The other issue with the article, is it better to have one big impact, or lots of smaller ones? It's not necessarily better to have a lot of small ones unless you know it will be pulverized enough that they will be really small and burn up.
     
  9. Lord Vader

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    You want to hear a stupid question/quote? This is no joke, either--a CNN reporter a few days ago, when reporting on today's near earth asteroid fly-by, asked Bill Nye the science guy if this asteroid fly-by could be the result of global warming! :eek2: :lol:
     
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    Actually, there was the Sikhote-Alin meteorite in 1947 which probably gave the Soviet military a moment of deep thought. There's a list of meteor air bursts at Wikipedia beginning with the enormously powerful explosion of the Tunguska event.
     
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    a lady on CNN just asked if this increased meteorite activity was a result of global warming.
     
  12. Lord Vader

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    Did you not read my post 2 posts above yours? :rolleyes:
     
  13. tsmacro

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    Yeah I heard that. I can just imagine guys in the control room doing a facepalm when they heard her say that! :lol: Bet she isn't allowed to go on air and ask her own questions anymore. Imagining her producer having the following instructions for her: "Yes that's right, all your questions will be written for you and on the teleprompter from now on, no ad-libbing allowed."
     
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    Not to defend the CNN lady, but I know some reporters ask questions that they are very well aware of the answer to that the average (or less than average) Joe might not know, or might be wondering.

    The lack of science education, down to the thought that scientific laws should have no exceptions and that all scientific theories (which includes illness caused by microorganisms and gravity), are guesses. But that topic easily gets controversial :)
     
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    Gravity doesn't cause illness, unless you consider drooping appendages an illness.
     
  16. Lord Vader

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    That would mean that a lot of ill people shop at Wal-Mart.
     
  17. dpeters11

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    I was referring to two separate theories, germ theory and theory of gravity, and relativity. Most don't seem to understand there is a difference between the law of gravity and theory.
     
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    A TV meteorologist in NH got a nasty e-mail from a viewer who was angry at him for not predicting the meteor in Russia. Duh!!!
     
  19. yosoyellobo

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    If I has been that meteorologist I would had e-mail back him predicting a meteor would be hitting his house in a few days.:)
     
  20. phrelin

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    This news story is my favorite on this meteor strike because it offered these two descriptions:
     

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