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meteor strike in Urals

Started by Sheldon L. Cooper, Ph.D., 02/15/2013 12:08AM
Posted 02/15/2013 12:08AM Opening Post
hi - I wonder if that 150' meteor that wasn't going to hit the earth on 2/15 is what came down in the Urals, injuring 100? ernie spragg fresno ca
Posted 02/15/2013 04:40AM | Edited 02/15/2013 04:42AM #1
Asteroid and meteors are two different objects. grin If that meteor had hit, it would have caused major damage and many deaths. Paul
Posted 02/15/2013 06:57AM #2
These significant events happen several times a year, usually over the open ocean, and are recorded by the defense satellites that stare at the Earth looking for missile launches. Most explode in the atmosphere before striking the ground.

A meteor exploded over Utah a couple of years ago and I was in my back yard observatory around midnight when it happened. We live in Colorado near the Utah border far enough away that it was low in the sky and I never saw the fireball directly. The sky turned bright blue and trees cast shadows like it was daylight. They estimate that chunk of rock was only about the size of a basketball, much smaller than the one that exploded over Russia this morning.

Jim McSheehy
Posted 02/15/2013 10:25PM #3

The two objects are different. First, they came from different directions. Second, I saw real time video from Australia via NASA that showed 2012 DA14 AFTER the Russian event.