Meteorite strikes down in Russia

 
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15 February 2013 11:27
 

An asteroid likely wiped out the dinosaurs.  I think we have reason to make a coordinated world wide asteroid protection program.  I know China is looking at the problem, Russia, America, Europe… 

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the incident showed the need for leading world powers to develop a system to intercept objects falling from space.

“At the moment, neither we nor the Americans have such technologies” to shoot down meteors or asteroids, he said, according to the Interfax news agency.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/15/meteorite-streaks-across-russian-urals_n_2691904.html

 

 
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15 February 2013 11:53
 

They classified this as a meteorite. Imagine if it was a meteor!

 
 
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15 February 2013 12:41
 
Egross - 15 February 2013 10:53 AM

They classified this as a meteorite. Imagine if it was a meteor!

Or an asteroid.

 
 
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15 February 2013 12:45
 

Call Harry Stamper.

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16 February 2013 00:52
 

Terminology is confusing.

A meteoroid is a small asteroid.  Both are objects orbiting the sun.

When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and burns across the sky, it is termed a meteor.  After it crash lands, the remnant is a meteorite.

 
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16 February 2013 01:57
 
Hannah2 - 15 February 2013 11:52 PM

Terminology is confusing.

A meteoroid is a small asteroid.  Both are objects orbiting the sun.

When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere and burns across the sky, it is termed a meteor.  After it crash lands, the remnant is a meteorite.

I’m glad someone understands this.  I’ve been pulling my hair out all day with (supposedly) professional meteorologists calling this a “meteorite” a few seconds before saying “it exploded in the atmosphere”.... (which makes it a “meteor”).

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16 February 2013 16:51
 

Yeah, I should maintain my discipline to read definitions of English words before applying them!

 
 
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16 February 2013 18:23
 

Years ago I was camping in the high country of Olympic National Park, WA. - about 5,000 feet elevation.  I got up early to film the sunrise and stood on a narrow ridge waiting.  A bright point of light appeared in the east and came toward me like a rocket.  I ducked and put up a hand as though to protect my face.  I saw it burst like a fireworks display over the blue valley beside me - bursting about even with my elevation.  About a second or two after the burst I heard it, a kind of ‘fizz’ and then an explosion, so it must have been close.  I have no idea how big it was; the feeling was that it was about the size of a baseball, but all I saw was the light and the starburst.  Duration one second?  No time to even think of filming anything.

 
 
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16 February 2013 19:00
 

Once while in the car at the top of a hill, I saw a meteor cross the entire sky in front of me.  It lasted several seconds, leaving a long trail.  Gradually it fizzled out, still high above the horizon.  Beautiful.