February 15, 2013

Meteor Strikes Russia!

CNN:

A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left hundreds of people hurt.

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Twitter post showing Zinc Factory struck

The number of injured continues to rise as new reports come in from across a wide area.

As of noon Moscow time, as many as 725 people had sought medical help, according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

Deputy Health Minister Igor Kagramanyan said 571 people had sought medical help, with 34 of them hospitalized, according to state-news agency Itar-Tass.

Another asteroid will be approaching Earth at a distance if 17K miles a little after 2:00 pm US eastern.

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Given that many asteroids have large boulders held by weak gravity and also these events close proximity, I'm speculating that 2012-DA14 could have many companion objects in its orbit, possibly from a prior collision. Obviously the public statements of no danger at all were less than accurate, although we know the large asteroid will not strike Earth. Its possible there are other unknown objects.

More video below the fold.

Update: Actual astronomers say my speculation is wrong, that the meteor that struck Russia came from a different direction than the asteroid due to pass Earth here in a few minutes.

What struck Russia is part of a phenomenon called February Fireballs.

But what the hell would they know?

By Howie at 09:17 AM | Comments |