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1 Dr Lizardo  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 8:22:45am

From what I just read, the explosion of the bolide itself produced a blast estimated to be from one to ten kilotons, according to Russian scientists.

2 TDG2112  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 9:05:07am

I guess our Near Earth Asteroid search isn’t as good as we thought.

Here is the Google Map plot:
[Link: attivissimo.blogspot.ch…]

I wonder if there are any more of these rocks accompanying the bigger one that will miss us. I wonder how big any of those might be?

A penny for NASA would go a long way. I’ve signed the petition, have you?

[Link: www.penny4nasa.org…]

3 Bob Dillon  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 9:12:51am

Russian meteorites not caused by asteroid flyby, NASA says

The meteor explosion over Russia that injured more than 500 people and damaged hundreds of buildings was not caused by an asteroid zooming close by the Earth today (Feb.15), a NASA scientist says.

NASA asteroid expert Don Yeomans, head of the agency’s Near-Earth Object Program Office, told SPACE.com that the object which exploded over a thinly inhabited stretch of eastern Europe today was most likely an exploding fireball known as a bolide.

More than 500 people were injured, mostly by glass cuts when windows shattered during the blast, according to the Russian Emergency Ministry.

“If the reports of ground damage can be verified, it might suggest an object whose original size was several meters in extent before entering the atmosphere, fragmenting and exploding due to the unequal pressure on the leading side vs the trailing side (it pancaked and exploded),” Yeomans told SPACE.com in an email. “It is far too early to provide estimates of the energy released or provide a reliable estimate of the original size.” [Photos of Russia’s Meteor Fireball Blast]

Yeoman stressed that the bolide event was likely not associated at all with the incoming asteroid 2012 DA14, which will fly within 17,200 miles of Earth when it passes safely by our planet today.

[Link: www.cbsnews.com…]

4 TDG2112  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 9:14:25am

Here is a non-profit organization that is out there searching for these things:

[Link: b612foundation.org…]

5 Destro  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 9:40:01am

Conservative websites are filled with posters bringing up “Revelations” stuff about this event.

6 Tigger2  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 9:58:08am

They got lucky, it could have been a lot worse.

7 ProBosniaLiberal  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 10:50:10am

Fun Fact:

Apparently, meteor incidents are covered by many homeowners insurance, by the falling object portion.

Though, if you get a fragment of the bolide, you wouldn’t need to use it, as the fragment would likely cover the damage.

8 TDG2112  Fri, Feb 15, 2013 11:14:59am

re: #3 Bob Dillon

Yep, this rock was moving in a different direction than DA14 as it turns out. So it was on a totally different orbit than the big one.


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