Hundreds Injured In Russia Meteorite Near-Miss

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F'Angus:
Thank God for all those Russian dash-board cams. If this had hit the UK we'd have probably missed it.

If it had happened in the UK it would probably have been cloudy. I have NO idea how Brain Cox actually manages to have a sustained career in this country.

Wasn't there just an article about your chances of being hit by an asteroid? Not so snarky now, I bet...

Sorry, I just had to.

This is pretty scary. Imagine if it was the same size as the one that blew up over Tunguska. Then there is the added coincidence that it happened just hours before an asteroid passed us. It really feels like these close calls are starting to increase in frequency lately.

I'm seriously beginning to doubt the reports now. News now says the asteroid was the size of a bus and weighed about 7000 tons. But that sounds more like the 'gosh, there ever was a city of 1,1 million people there? All I see is a crater' kind of size than what's happened now.

Floppertje:
"State-owned Russian television reported that the meteorites had been engaged and shot down by local air defence forces" someone's trying to squeeze a few badass-points out ofthe situation...

Yeah, I kind of had to laugh about that. It's a solid piece of rock, travelling at kilometres per second, and they claim to have shot it down using stuff meant against aeroplanes that move about a hundred times slower, and enter the planet's atmosphere instead of flying through it. Who are they trying to fool?

DVS BSTrD:
Someone Find Crypto! THE BLISK HAVE RETURNED!

This is just the first step in the Blisk's FIENDISH MASTER PLAN!

Alternatively, its the Chimera.

So, they really do outshine the sun. That's neat. Someone should put up a warning for headphone wearers on that first video though.

Seems strange how the drivers in the second video seem not to care about the blinding object headed in their general direction at incredible speed. Russians are hardcore.

Karloff:
State-owned Russian television reported that the meteorites had been engaged and shot down by local air defence forces, but this was contradicted later by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who said that neither Russia nor the United States had the capability to do so.

Actually its not entirely impossible the US could hit an Asteroid that large, The Russians probably could too. So could China and maybe India and a few other countries. All have a layered ballistic missile defense system that can hit objects of that size at that altitude and travelling at that speed. The issue here seems to be more about initial detection rather than being unable to engage the meteorite.

For example the Russian A-135 (not sure if NATO or Russian designation) system fires long range exoatmospheric missiles that travel at around Mach 4 and a secondary set of endoatmosperhic missiles that accelerates to Mach 10 in around 5 seconds. Both are linked to a fire control system of phased array RADAR stations and redundant command facilities, they can control an estimated 12-16 missiles at any single point in time.

The Russian system only really covers Moscow though (to the best of public knowledge) so even if they had prior warning they probably wouldn't have been able to do anything about it. Theoretically though if that rock had came close enough they could have fired at it, the meteorite wasn't that big either so they might have been able to break it up too.

the meteorite actually exploded from atmosphere heat in air and its particles fell into a lake. most injuriees were from glass hards from broken windows that broke due to shockwave of meteorite in atmosphere. the explosion is though to be 80 times the hiroshima a-bomb. it left a nasty crater as well and the size of the thing after it dropped down - centimeters in diameter.

Now to wait what else that big meteor dragged behind him.

Seems strange how the drivers in the second video seem not to care about the blinding object headed in their general direction at incredible speed. Russians are hardcore.

in soviet russia, a meteor hiting your car is a "good" day.

This is pretty scary. Imagine if it was the same size as the one that blew up over Tunguska. Then there is the added coincidence that it happened just hours before an asteroid passed us. It really feels like these close calls are starting to increase in frequency lately.

no coincidence. the bigger asteroids always drag some small debris orbiting around them. this one flying by that close could have slingshot a smaller one into our atmosphere where gravity did the rest.

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