Chelyabinsk Meteor Was Largest to Hit the Earth in Over a Century

February 19th, 2013

Via: Wall Street Journal:

The meteor that crashed to earth in Russia was about 55 feet in diameter, weighed around 10,000 tons and was made from a stony material, scientists said, making it the largest such object to hit the Earth in more than a century.

Large pieces of it have yet to be found. However, a team from Ural Federal University, which is based in Yekaterinburg, collected 53 fragments, the largest of which was 7 millimeters, according to Viktor Grokhovsky, a scientist at the university.

Data from a global network of sensors indicated that the meteor’s fiery disintegration as it neared earth near Chelyabinsk, Russia, unleashed nearly 500 kilotons of energy, more than 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

It is the largest reported meteor since the one that hit Tunguska, Siberia, in 1908, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The U.S. agency’s new estimate of the meteor’s size was a marked increase from its initial one.

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5 Responses to “Chelyabinsk Meteor Was Largest to Hit the Earth in Over a Century”

  1. MBerger47 Says:

    On his deathbed, Werner Von Braun, the Nazi/American scientist who is the father of Rocketry technology was claimed to have said that fantasy enemies would be manufactured in the future in this order: Communists, Terrorists, Rogue States, Meteorites/Asteroids, and finally Aliens (ETs) coming from Space. He said not to believe any of it. And it was all designed to fund the military and the weaponization of space. Guess where we are now in that plan?

  2. LoneWolf Says:

    Astronomers lose access to military data

    Satellite information on incoming meteors is blocked.

    Military satellites that constitute a missile early-warning system also pick up inbound meteors.

    The US military has abruptly ended an informal arrangement that allowed scientists access to data on incoming meteors from classified surveillance satellites.

    The change is a blow to the astronomers and planetary scientists who used the information to track space rocks, especially those that burn up over the oceans or in other remote locations. “These systems are extremely useful,” says Peter Brown, an astronomer at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. “I think the scientific community benefited enormously.”

    more … http://www.nature.com/news/200.....9897a.html

  3. LoneWolf Says:

    Today:
    odd reports in from Krakow, Poland …

    Bright light just flashed in the sky here in Krakow, followed by a CRACK like thunder sound. Had just gotten up to take a piss. This scared the shit out of me. It lit everything in the room up like daytime!

    Ran over to the window to look outside but the sky is dark again and I couldn’t see much. There are some people coming outside and onto the street now though.

    Anyone else verifying this??? Another meteor?

    This happened in Alberta Canada today …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoOfLXID6qw

    Booms sets off car alarms, meteorite? Feb. 19, 2013. Alberta Canada

  4. quintanus Says:

    The Tunguska event left radioactive traces around the area (which is low density with people). It would be interesting to know if there was a similar situation here, and whether it results from the type of asteroid.

    http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0311337

  5. erth2karin Says:

    @ MBerger47:
    What, no zombies??
    %-)

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