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Andre
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Feb15-13, 02:20 AM
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Apparantly there is no thread about it yet.

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Check the dashboard cam.



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Feb15-13, 02:34 AM
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Looks like it blew up right before hitting the ground, might be a lot of small pieces.
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Feb15-13, 03:21 AM
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I have seen at least two videos with a loud shock wave - and it is apparent people were shooting the video for many seconds before the bang. It exploded high above the ground, probably over 10 km.

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Feb15-13, 03:37 AM
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Meteorite crash in Russia

Its obviously a secret military experiment ;) Or aliens! Definately aliens!!
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Feb15-13, 05:41 AM
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Wow, unreal. It isn't clear to me from what I've read/seen so far if it was a sonic boom or explosion that caused all of the damage.

[edit] Reading the wiki on the Tunguska event, it says that "Fat Man" nuclear bomb sized explosions (10-20 KT) happen in the upper atmosphere about once a year (!). Tunguska-sized events (10-20MT) perhaps once every 300 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event
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Feb15-13, 06:51 AM
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Meteorite explosion over Russia: Chelyabinsk Meteor shower


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6uOzFo2MQg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZxXYscmgRg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7mLUIDGqmw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFBtfR54Svk

http://file25.content-video.ru/Out/W...l0pgu.4r5.webm


As you probably are aware, today, should pass near Earth an asteroid, 2012 DA14, at a very close range, nearly 25-27 thousand km above Earth. This morning in Chelyabinsk (Russia) was registered a meteor shower, as a result 500 people were injured and thousands of buildings got windows broken.

Is it an interesting coincidence or it's the shower before the storm.. ?
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Feb15-13, 07:06 AM
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I can't watch the video from work but, I'm looking forward to it later today. From what I've read, a lot of people were injured by flying glass. Note to self: Stay away from the windows if you see a really bright meteor.
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Feb15-13, 07:10 AM
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"Experts say the explosion took place 5 km above the ground" - judging from the videos I have a feeling time to reach the surface was much longer than 15 seconds (plus people had to get the cameras and switch them on, which adds at least 10 seconds more). But then I have not tried to measure it.
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Feb15-13, 07:13 AM
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I don't think its coincidence, suppose the asteroid was at one time a larger mass and collided with another asteroid causing many smaller fragments to travel along the same trajectory. I'd expect more meteors during and after the event too.
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Feb15-13, 07:19 AM
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I believe we'll get more info from NASA reports in a few days, as I am sure there were other "pieces" fallen in the oceans.
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Feb15-13, 07:23 AM
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Quote Quote by Borek View Post
"Experts say the explosion took place 5 km above the ground" - judging from the videos I have a feeling time to reach the surface was much longer than 15 seconds (plus people had to get the cameras and switch them on, which adds at least 10 seconds more). But then I have not tried to measure it.
Wow. 5 km is well within a jetliner's cruising altitude. I wonder if any were in the area? I'm guessing there weren't since there haven't been any reports of crashes or decompressions from broken windows.
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Feb15-13, 08:05 AM
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Quote Quote by Borek View Post
"Experts say the explosion took place 5 km above the ground" - judging from the videos I have a feeling time to reach the surface was much longer than 15 seconds (plus people had to get the cameras and switch them on, which adds at least 10 seconds more). But then I have not tried to measure it.
Yeah, I didn't think of that. It may well be a hoax via viral videos could be like the Toyota commercial of a truck survivng a meteor strike.

EDIT: Looking at the videos, it seems authentic although I noticed each video show it streaking from left to right meaning all the camera people were on one side of the meteor track.
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Feb15-13, 08:05 AM
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Hundreds reportedly injured!
http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/15/world/...html?hpt=hp_t1
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Feb15-13, 08:11 AM
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More damage reports: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...e-injured.html


A terrifying meteorite shower left more than 950 people injured, buildings devastated and the mobile network wiped out when it hit Russia this morning.

Brightly burning rocks could be seen for miles as they crashed at around 9.20am local time and one bystander described it 'like a scene from the Armageddon movie.'

The meteorite is believed to have landed in a lake near Chebarkul, a town in the neighbouring Chelyabinsk region.
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Feb15-13, 08:12 AM
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Quote Quote by jedishrfu View Post
I don't think its coincidence, suppose the asteroid was at one time a larger mass and collided with another asteroid causing many smaller fragments to travel along the same trajectory. I'd expect more meteors during and after the event too.
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NASA is stating that the tracks are completely different.
NASA spokesman Steve Cole told CNN that scientists had determined that the Russian meteor was on a very different trajectory from the asteroid.
"They are completely unrelated objects -- it's a strange coincidence they are happening at the same time," he said.
jedishrfu
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Feb15-13, 08:32 AM
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On a related note, a colleague here noticed that the video times are different. Some I'm wondering if some old videos have also been mixed in with the latest actual video.
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Feb15-13, 08:37 AM
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Quote Quote by jedishrfu View Post
On a related note, a colleague here noticed that the video times are different. Some I'm wondering if some old videos have also been mixed in with the latest actual video.
That actually makes them more likely to be authentic.
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Feb15-13, 08:43 AM
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Quote Quote by Borek View Post
"Experts say the explosion took place 5 km above the ground" - judging from the videos I have a feeling time to reach the surface was much longer than 15 seconds (plus people had to get the cameras and switch them on, which adds at least 10 seconds more). But then I have not tried to measure it.
The cameras in the cars are on by default, no need to switch them on. (its related to car insurance that they carry always cameras)

WeŽll have to wait for more detailed reports, but iŽve seen images of a building that recieved hits (a factory).
Actually more than 1 thousand reported injuries


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