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Up to 500 people* are believed to be injured after a meteorite blazed through the sky and smashed into central Russia this morning. The space rock, estimated by the Russian Academy of Sciences to weigh 10 tonnes, hit the atmosphere at a speed of at least 54,000km/h and is believed to have shattered around 30 to 50 km above …

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Re: More videos

Allegedly, this is where the rock fell: a lake

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Holmes

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404: Not Found!

Is this a new Tunguska coverup? Where is Fox Mulder??

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Re: More videos

Sorry, there was a typo in the URL.

Try this

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According to a friend, it seems that in-car recorders are now required by law in Russia, given the incredibly extreme traffic accidents they have there. The cams are used to determine who's actually guilty, and so the "Russian car crash" video collections were born. Recently, one of such cams gave us a first-person view of that plane crashing into a highway incident.

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Re: More videos

Photoshop that picture in the ice so there is a giant, green tentacle curling out of the hole in the ice!!!

Beware! Beware!!

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Having trouble getting in, with his visa, seing as he is a foreigner there, and battling his interesting addiction maybe? ;) God knows how he could have noticed anything but Tea Leoni, though. Bit like Tiger Woods really, maybe we all want to slum it a bit to get in touch with our inner caveman ;)

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Ten Tons?

How the heck can I visualise that?

I need a comparison, in buckets of fish, or Citroen AX's or summink

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Re: Ten Tons?

10 Tons is about 10.67 fully laden Citroen AX's or approximately 2,000 buckets of fish*

There you go. Now if only you had the internet, you could have worked that out yourself ;)

-Jar

(*depending on fish and bucket size.)

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Pint

Re: Ten Tons?

Who needs the internet when you could sit back and have a Jar

<-------A Jar for Jar and his hard work :-)

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Re: Ten Tons?

10 tons is the same as almost a dozen one ton objects

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That's 2.381KiloJubs

If you can't visualise that, you're beyond help.

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Re: Ten Tons?

Current estimates put the lower limit on the meteor's mass prior to entering the atmosphere at 7000 ton, or 1666.67 kiloJubs. For a more manageable number, that's about 350 brontosauruses (thin at one end, much much thicker in the middle, and thin again at the other end. Eeechhhum), one Eiffel Tower, or just over one-tenth of the Firth of Forth bridge

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Its 30 Citroen AXs.

Or 20 if they've got full fuel tanks.

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Re: Ten Tons?

Oh, and the explosion as the meteor disintegrated is currently estimated at 700 kiloton TNT, which is 259.26 pepcons, or 2058823 Mythbusters Cement Mixer Trucks (both those units definitely need to be added to El Reg's Unit Converter)

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Unreal

Oh please, please, please let this be a publicity stunt for the new Superman movie a la 'War of The Worlds' and that other thing we were talking about that meant people wouldn't believe it when the real zombie attack happened.

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typically for Russia

people on the street claim that there must have been something else than a space rock - as soon as they were reassured, by all authorities, including Herr Putin, that it was just a space rock, nothing to worry about, go back to your piles of rubble, no, it wasn't a rocket test gone wrong, absolutely not :)

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Re: typically for Russia

But observers on video knew immediately "wtf huge meteorite" etc. Almost as if they had - shock- seen one before and knew what they were looking at.

Missiles dont generally pile into Earth at bizarre shallow angles at multi-kilometres per second in absolutely "straight and flat* trajectories. There is a reason they are called "ballistic" missiles usually....

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world meme field day :)

made in Poland:

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/5223/47u348.jpg

(in loose translation: "It fucking hit, so it fucking did, but wtf probe it deeper?"

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/5880761/images/mamy_kaski.jpg

(no worries, we've got hard hats on)

but it's hard to say whether this is to portray the Russians, or (optimistic, as always) Poles :)

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Re: world meme field day :)

That reminds me of that famous Russian comedian.

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On the seismograph

There was an magnitude 6.6 earthquake in Russia yesterday. It clearly shows on the seismograph shown in this news. The meteor is the small blip at the 03:00 UTC (GMT) line.

Details on the magnitude 6.6 earthquake can be found here, http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=304735

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The 6.6. is quite interesting as it's in a region where the plate boundary between the Eurasian and North American plate isn't well understood.

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Yup that australian has been on the crack .. there was no earthquake around the same time (14 hours earlier)... not to mention that the earthquake in the area he's talking about was really a rather significant distance from where everything is filmed ...

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It's certainly sobering how much damage that meteor did...

Considering that it shattered 30KM+ up in the atmosphere. I'm glad it didn't actually hit a populated area.

Keep your eyes on the skies!!

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Nitpicking...

'Up to 500 people are believed to be injured after a meteorite blazed through the sky'

That would be a meteor blazing through the sky from which meteorites might have been recovered.

I now return you to the scheduled iOS versus Apple flamewar.

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Re: Nitpicking...

It's my understanding that a meteoroid describes an object in space, once it enters the atmosphere it is termed a meteor (aka shooting star) and a meteorite describes the object once it lands on earth.

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Re: Nitpicking...

iOS vs. Apple, you sure about that? ;)

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AAAHH MOTHERLAND!

Russian meteor path plotted in Google Maps

http://attivissimo.blogspot.com/2013/02/russian-meteor-path-plotted-in-google.html

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Re: AAAHH MOTHERLAND!

Do you realise how much that costs?

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2 cents?

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Alien

Time to mount an offensive against the Arachnids!

Do you want to know more?

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Re: Time to mount an offensive against the Arachnids!

JOIN NOW! SERVICE GUARANTEES CITIZENSHIP!

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There was a question about why this always seems to happen in Russia.

It's because of its proximity to polar aperture.

Grab a globe -- the kind that spins. Look for the part They don't want you do see. Yes. Right there. Under the pivot point, hidden by the brass disk. (If you have an inflatable globe, it's where the air fill hole is.) The north one is the Polar Aperture, where the flying saucers land and come from when they visit the hollow sphere that is earth. Every century or so there is a bad landing and Russia gets hit.

Of course The Sexiest Man Alive, Kim Jong Un, will claim this is one of his. But you now know the truth.

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Russians = Potty Mouth

FYI

On any of these videos you find of the meteor explosion, every other word that is spoke in Russian is cursing.

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Re: Russians = Potty Mouth

So it's like a movie with Al Pasdcheznous and Robert de Negro?

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Re: Russians = Potty Mouth

"On any of these videos you find of the meteor explosion, every other word that is spoke in Russian is cursing."

Yes, that's how Russians speak.

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Re: Russians = Potty Mouth

On any of these videos you find of the meteor explosion, every other word that is spoke in Russian is cursing.

Put yourself in their position. Would you look up and say; "Good grief! There appears to be an enormous meteorite flying overhead.........my, that was a loud noise, wasn't it?" or "FUCK ME! WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT? LOOK AT THE FUCKING SIZE OF THAT BASTARD........JESUS H FUCKING CHRIST, THE BLOODY THING JUST BLEW UP!!!111!!!!"

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Re: Russians = Potty Mouth

> every other word that is spoke in Russian is cursing.

Had it all landed in some other country, the only significant difference would be the language used to do the swearing...

Vic.

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Why Russia is Earth's meteor magnet.

Comets approach the Sun from any direction but asteroids generally orbit close to the ecliptic plane. Therefore, a goodly number of meteors that collide with earth enter the earth's atmosphere from the ecliptic.

Meteors enter the earth's atmosphere relatively parallel to the Equator and travel from west to east. Russia has the greatest east/west width on earth. It is 12 contiguous time zones wide.. Meteors traveling over the Northern Hemisphere between the proper latitudes travel over Russia where they have a greater chance of hitting. Countries without a long east/west dimension but of equal square milage do not capture as many meteorites as Russia.

In essence, Russia owes it's success to the fact it is a very long rectangle with rounded corners.

http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?bibcode=1957AuJPh..10...77W&db_key=AST&page_ind=0&data_type=GIF&type=SCREEN_VIEW&classic=YES

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Re: Why Russia is Earth's meteor magnet.

Has Russia licensesed the rounded corners from Apple? I wouldn't want the whole country getting hauled into court over a paten infringement....

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Re: Why Russia is Earth's meteor magnet.

Russia's more of a trapezium*, almost a triangle, since the Earth's a sphere and it extends into the Arctic Circle.

* Trapezoid, for our American fronds and anenomes

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coincedences

Wow, don't you hate these type of coincidences? It could indicate nothing or something downright upsetting.

Perhaps the Russian impact was part of some failed probe aimed at 2012 DA14? Or something jumping off it (in the spirit of hitch-hiking a ride) at a way earlier stage to check out the solar system first? Or we're entering a phase where we will have asteroids and meteorites hitting with greater frequency for some reason.

So it would be a good idea to investigate the impact of material, analysing samples and so on. And can we get a serious calculation on what the chances are on a random one-day window for a close asteroid fly-by and a sizeable meteorite blowing up in the atmosphere? Are there any numbers out there about these things?

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Of course, it might be that they are one and the same object, but they don't like to admit they got the calculations wrong.

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in Soviet Russia ...

Meteorites crash into. ...

Crap, I did something wrong there.

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Has anyone noticed that in the majority of videos, the first thing most people did after the shockwave hit was start laughing?

Russia - where even the women have balls of steel...

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"Bother!" said Pooh, as he hadn't ordered the

Meteorblitzkrieg.

-AC

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