Huge meteor over Russia

Here's a playlist of a bunch of amateur videos catching the meteor (and the sonic booms):

The last time this happened was back in the early 1900's in Siberia right?

Sonic boom hits about 30 seconds into this one

CBS now saying over 1000 people hurt by flying glass and debris

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-...

If this happening was in US, the folks would be anxiously monitoring the "rising radiation levels" and celebrating the long-awaited arrival of the zombie apocalypse.

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

If this happening was in US, the folks would be anxiously monitoring the "rising radiation levels" and celebrating the long-awaited arrival of the zombie apocalypse.

cue Doomsday Preppers in 3, 2, 1.....

shoptroll wrote:

The last time this happened was back in the early 1900's in Siberia right?

The Tunguska event.

And for those in an appropriately dark timezone, DA14 will be making a flyby in a few hours. Sadly it looks like it'll be cloudy here.

The Pope... He must've known something... The Vatican Observatory knew it all along...
It wasn't a meteor - it was vanguard of the invasion fleet.

Gotta go, they are tracing my connection...

tanstaafl wrote:

Sonic boom hits about 30 seconds into this one

Wow.

"Sonic boom" is to that noise what Kevin James' "Here Comes the Boom" is to actual mixed martial arts.

Thank you for posting that.

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Amazing footage.

My immediate thought was—I'm glad the Cold War is over. I wouldn't want someone in the Soviet Armed Forces with an itchy trigger finger mistaking that for an ICBM.

Amazing and terrifying. It's just a wonder this kind of thing doesn't happen more often.

MsbS wrote:

The Pope... He must've known something... The Vatican Observatory knew it all along...
It wasn't a meteor - it was vanguard of the invasion fleet.

Gotta go, they are tracing my connection...

You joke but half the comments on articles about this on the internet are ham-fisted political nuts nattering on about relating this to whatever Obama spending/North Korea/Russian economy/religious proseletyzing BS they want to go on about. Cripes people, shut up about your myopic, shriveled world view. You're insane.

My first thought was:

I wonder if that thing was a bowl of petunias.

On a similar, but related note, there's going to be a daytime comet this November; something that only happens once every few decades:
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story...

One good thing has come of this: A much larger portion of the western world now knows a little more Russian profanity, thanks to the videos.

I follow a few astronomers on Twitter and their feeds were blowing up last night. Apparently the meteor was less than a meter across which is why it had not been detected before entering the atmosphere. The Russian military was claiming to have shot down the asteroid but they were HIGHLY skepticle about that as it would have been virtually impossible.

Meteor in gif format:
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Kehama wrote:

I follow a few astronomers on Twitter and their feeds were blowing up last night. Apparently the meteor was less than a meter across which is why it had not been detected before entering the atmosphere. The Russian military was claiming to have shot down the asteroid but they were HIGHLY skepticle about that as it would have been virtually impossible.

Can you imagine how spectacular it must have looked as the meteor that formed the Barringer Crater approached?

This is cool Apparantely today is also the day that 2012DA14 is passing by earth and NASA is covering.

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

LiquidMantis wrote:
shoptroll wrote:

The last time this happened was back in the early 1900's in Siberia right?

The Tunguska event.

As Kehama said, the meteor was less than a meter across. They had an interview with an astronomer on the news while I was waiting for an oil change, and the he said that this sort of event happens about once every decade. Because they're so small, we can't detect them in advance. I think what makes this one so special is that it happened over a heavily populated area and was caught on so many cameras.
It's nowhere close to the object that caused the Tunguska event, which is estimated to have a diameter of about 100 meters. 2012 DA14 (the asteroid passing by today) has a diameter of only 50 meters, and it was first spotted almost a year ago.

Russia had a similar event back in 2002 in the sparsely populated region of Irkutsk. That event was even stranger because the meteor (or possible comet fragment) released a powerful EMP burst that briefly illuminated electrical lights and other unpowered devices before it disintegrated in the atmosphere.

I guess when your nation spans such a huge section of the northern hemisphere, you tend to get more than your share of space crap falling on you.

ringsnort wrote:

Russia had a similar event back in 2002 in the sparsely populated region of Irkutsk.

Did they use it as an excuse to attack Yakutsk?

Stengah wrote:
ringsnort wrote:

Russia had a similar event back in 2002 in the sparsely populated region of Irkutsk.

Did they use it as an excuse to attack Yakutsk?

Why, yes they did! Had a three card turn in *and* one was the Irkutsk card, too.

Nomad wrote:

My first thought was:

I wonder if that thing was a bowl of petunias.

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tanstaafl wrote:
Nomad wrote:

My first thought was:

I wonder if that thing was a bowl of petunias.

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Oh no. Not again.

Almost as fascinating as the meteor videos is listening to the variety of tunes pumping out of radios in all the car-video montages. Those Ruskies listen to some crazy stuff.

Aaron D. wrote:

Almost as fascinating as the meteor videos is listening to the variety of tunes pumping out of radios in all the car-video montages. Those Ruskies listen to some crazy stuff.

Meh, dance and pop is pretty much the same everywhere. However, talk about the various styles of Russian Metal? Now that's some crazy intense stuff.

Yeah, but they're not speaking American so that automatically makes them strange!

Seeing as I'm around to write this (unless I'm in the afterlife. woooooooooooo) I guess we survived the second one.