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500+ Injured, Major Havoc Wreaked as Russians Reportedly Intercept Meteorite with Missiles
Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 02/15/2013 2:51:13 AM PST by Reaganite Republican

ATTN MODERATOR: This article is NOT copied, but authored 100% by myself (and x-posted at Reaganite Republican) with the exception of one small quote from Russia Today near the bottom (duly noted and linked)

All orginal Russian info/data sources noted and linked at the bottom, as always...

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Some pretty serious damage was delivered upon six Russian towns -and hundreds injured- when a hefty meteorite streaked across the sky, approached the Earth's surface in Chelyabisk Oblast (region) of the southern Ural Mountains near the border with Kazakhstan, then exploded early this morning, cca 9:30-10AM local time.

Fragments fell and windows shattered as many reportedly freaked out, fearing some UFO apocalypse was unfolding before their eyes. The malicious space rock was part of a larger meteor shower over Russia, yet in a league all by itself: at least one large explosion was heard that created a massive shockwave, shaking buildings throughout the area. The worst physical damage occurred to a zinc factory, with was hit by more than one fragment and had an outside wall collapse.

Hospitals in the sparsely populated region were reportedly packed with over 400 people seeking treatment, though thankfully no fatalities have been reported from this most extraordinary event. The majority suffered cuts and concussions, but those who lost all their windows are said to be scrambling for materials to cover-up with, as the temperature's in the 20s F.  Russian meteor explosion

From the video (below) one can see the meteorite coming apart at the last moments -and only small-moderate fragments hitting the ground. But while some news agencies are simply reporting that a meteorite had hit, exploded, or disintegrated, unconfirmed reports from military sources out of Russia have the Russian air defenses hitting it with a missile salvo....


RT:

According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. 


A missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers, local newspaper Znak reports quoting a source in the military. Regnum news agency quoted a military source who claimed that the vapor condensation trail of the meteorite speaks to the fact that the meteorite was intercepted by air defenses...



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TOPICS: Astronomy; Military/Veterans; Religion
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; chebarkul; chelyabinsk; meteor; meteorite; missile; russia
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1 posted on 02/15/2013 2:51:20 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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2 posted on 02/15/2013 2:52:23 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I gotta tell ya, I’m more than a little skeptical about the whole ‘intercepted by missiles’ part of the story. I’ll happily admit I was wrong if it turns out to be true but I seriously doubt it happened that way. Not that I don’t think it could be done but I just find it suspect that there were missile batteries online and ready to fire instantaneously at an incoming meteor with no warning.


3 posted on 02/15/2013 3:01:25 AM PST by servo1969
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To: Reaganite Republican

I don’t trust “news” sources that don’t know the difference between a meteoroid, a meteor, and a meteorite.


4 posted on 02/15/2013 3:01:51 AM PST by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: Reaganite Republican

An acquaintance of our family had a meteor strike their CAR this past week....busted a window.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 3:02:26 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Reaganite Republican; Jeff Head
A missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers, local newspaper Znak reports quoting a source in the military.

I seriously doubt that as meteors travel much faster than missiles.

6 posted on 02/15/2013 3:02:31 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Meteorite? Sure. Russians knocking it down with missles? Right.


7 posted on 02/15/2013 3:03:57 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Dispite early reporting, the meteorite was not intercepted by any aircraft or missiles. It simply burned up in the atmosphere.


8 posted on 02/15/2013 3:10:17 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Timber Rattler

That may be, but the meteor would have been coming “towards” the earth, and the missile ascending to meet it.


9 posted on 02/15/2013 3:11:00 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Timber Rattler
I seriously doubt that as meteors travel much faster than missiles.

That is not necessarily a flaw in their claim; a similar speed differential is an issue for atmospheric interception of the warheads from an ICBM. The trick to intercepting something at Mach 15-30 (although news reports suggest this rock might have been traveling at Mach 80) with something at Mach 5 is to launch from near its path and in front of its position, and that could realistically have been done. I don't believe the claim either, but not because of the relative speeds of the rock and the missile. I just assume that communist politicians lie.

10 posted on 02/15/2013 3:16:37 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: who knows what evil?
Meteorite? Sure. Russians knocking it down with missles? Right.

Yeah, maybe the Iranians or Norks could do it, but not Russia.

11 posted on 02/15/2013 3:17:33 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: servo1969

There is zero percent chance of any missile launch onto something like this. You’d have to know some kind of indicator of it coming in and be able to track. I seriously that could happen.

But it sounds good.


12 posted on 02/15/2013 3:22:20 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: servo1969

You can put me in the highly skeptical column on the missile claim as well.


13 posted on 02/15/2013 3:23:35 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Reaganite Republican

Witches and monkeys....


14 posted on 02/15/2013 3:24:25 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: wolfpat

Equivator .../s


15 posted on 02/15/2013 3:25:58 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Fresh Wind

I don’t believe ANYONE has the technology capable of knocking down a meteor, including the United States.


16 posted on 02/15/2013 3:28:56 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

If Russia was able to do this, then we need to ground every plane we have and save the money, because our planes would be pretty useless in any war with them.

I don’t believe it was intercepted, or at least I hope not. If Russia has an air defense system that can routinely intercept meteors coming unannounced, we are no longer the superpower.


17 posted on 02/15/2013 3:34:34 AM PST by lynn4303
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To: Reaganite Republican

If there actually was a bombardment like this with a near earth asteroid passing by today, it will be big news worldwide, regardless of the truth of any claims that it was destroyed by a missile.


18 posted on 02/15/2013 3:41:47 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Reaganite Republican

Couldn’t they just redirect it? I have a target list...


19 posted on 02/15/2013 3:47:11 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Reaganite Republican; RaceBannon; stowaway; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; ...

WOW, you have GOT to watch those videos, that is amazing!

The sunlight effect as it flew by?? I never guessed that, it was brighter than the sun when it was heating up!


20 posted on 02/15/2013 4:01:18 AM PST by RaceBannon (When Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks under it for Clint Eastwood!)
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To: Reaganite Republican; RaceBannon; stowaway; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; ...

WOW, you have GOT to watch those videos, that is amazing!

The sunlight effect as it flew by?? I never guessed that, it was brighter than the sun when it was heating up!


21 posted on 02/15/2013 4:01:34 AM PST by RaceBannon (When Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks under it for Clint Eastwood!)
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To: Reaganite Republican; RaceBannon; stowaway; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; ...

WOW, you have GOT to watch those videos, that is amazing!

The sunlight effect as it flew by?? I never guessed that, it was brighter than the sun when it was heating up!


22 posted on 02/15/2013 4:02:37 AM PST by RaceBannon (When Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks under it for Clint Eastwood!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

these things move way too fast for an intercept - though dont be surprised if in the coming weeks we find that te object was photographed / filmed by a geo stationary sattelite

If they can show film of thunderstoms and sprites from space, they have this on film


23 posted on 02/15/2013 4:04:09 AM PST by Revelation 911 (hump scratching n'er do well.....all strung out on chicken wings and venison jerky)
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To: servo1969

The missile intercept story is quoted from ‘Russian military’ source in Russia Today, their biggest internet news site I think

It’s at the link, but not confirmed of course


24 posted on 02/15/2013 4:04:09 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

They used LASERS


25 posted on 02/15/2013 4:09:13 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Intercepted...... in their old school Pravda dreams...
hahahahaha.....

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Watching the video from the vehicle dashcam...

There is NOOOO earthly defense mechanism available when this badboy is tracking inbound...

Jus' say'n...

26 posted on 02/15/2013 4:16:07 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Those videos are incredible, if true (I don’t doubt RR, just the rooskies).


27 posted on 02/15/2013 4:16:23 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I was listening to NPR this morning. They said this was “not relatedd” to the meteor coming close to the earth today. Let me get this straight: I’m 59 years old. No meteor of this size has hit the earth within my lifetime. And the day a huge meteor is passing between the earth and our geosynchronous satellites and I am LITERALLY looking for any news about it actually hitting the earth, a large meteor (allbeit smaller) collides with the earth, doing significant damage, limited only by location, and it is NOT RELATED to the big one?

When I became a Christian in 1981 I stopped believing in coincidences. And rightly so.

NPR really is lunacy.


28 posted on 02/15/2013 4:21:54 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: wolfpat

I don’t trust “news” sources that don’t know the difference between a meteoroid, a meteor, and a meteorite.


And don’t even get me started on AK-47 “clips”. ;-)


29 posted on 02/15/2013 4:24:19 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

We may discover more about this when things settle down, but apparently this meteor was coming from the opposite direction to the one we all know about.


30 posted on 02/15/2013 4:25:41 AM PST by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: agere_contra

I know, it seems crazy, right?


31 posted on 02/15/2013 4:26:42 AM PST by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: cuban leaf

I immediately made the connection between this meteorite and it’s big brother coming by later. If this one hit the Earth I can see it’s big killer brother doing the same.

I believe the NASA channel will be tracking the big asteroid starting at 2 pm EST.


32 posted on 02/15/2013 4:29:54 AM PST by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: Reaganite Republican
A missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers,...

Somebody call Harry Stamper on the white courtesy phone please.

5.56mm

33 posted on 02/15/2013 4:31:32 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: pepsionice; Lazmataz
We have most of the observatories on the planet, including those in Russia, glued to the skies awaiting the arrival of the asteroid that's going to pass just 17,000 miles away ~ of course they'd needed some early indication, and there it was, on line.

The entire story is possible ~ but the real question is did they hit it.

Let us turn to lazmataz for his opinion.

So, laz, would you hit it?

34 posted on 02/15/2013 4:36:56 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: pepsionice; Lazmataz
We have most of the observatories on the planet, including those in Russia, glued to the skies awaiting the arrival of the asteroid that's going to pass just 17,000 miles away ~ of course they'd needed some early indication, and there it was, on line.

The entire story is possible ~ but the real question is did they hit it.

Let us turn to lazmataz for his opinion.

So, laz, would you hit it?

35 posted on 02/15/2013 4:37:06 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Reaganite Republican

I luv “unconfirmed sources” for major points of a story.


36 posted on 02/15/2013 4:43:13 AM PST by wesagain (The God #Elohim# of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: servo1969

Its much more likely the meteor exploded or broke apart due to the heat and violence of its entry into the atmosphere.


37 posted on 02/15/2013 4:45:29 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Russian surface to air systems are light years ahead of anything simular in the West, but that does not mean they cannot be defeated. The Directorates responsible for air defense along Russia's borders - where this incident happened - are ALWAYS on and deployed.

Russian sir defenses are currently at some version of the S-300PMU3 / S-400 Triumf / SA-21 Growler systems. According to a 5-6 year out-of-date article, they could intercept missiles moving at mach 14. or 4.9km/s.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/s-400.htm

From the article: “Their exceptionally high accuracy is ensured by the missile's main secret, the so-called transverse control engine, which rules out misses during the final approach trajectory. The transverse control engine is still without parallel in the world.”

“The radar's range is up to 600 km for targets flying between 40-75,000 m, 400 km for targets at 20,000 m, 300 km for targets at 10,000 m, and at least 65 km for targets flying at 500 m.”

So if the report turns out to be correct, we could assume that more than one missile was fired; more likely missiles from each category were launched to insure a hit.

Russian almost always shoot first and ask question later.

I do not doubt that they launched, whether the missiles hit or not is another question. But it should have been possible, since meteors do not have counter measures.

38 posted on 02/15/2013 4:50:31 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: servo1969

I think the worKing concept with NIKE was to explode the interceptor in the path of the missile and let the faster pRojectile run into the shock wave. Kind of like a spike strip in the sky to disable a racing “car.”


39 posted on 02/15/2013 5:08:00 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: agere_contra

We may discover more about this when things settle down, but apparently this meteor was coming from the opposite direction to the one we all know about.


What an amazing coincidence. ;-)


40 posted on 02/15/2013 5:14:20 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Yo-Yo
Despite.
41 posted on 02/15/2013 5:26:03 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: Reaganite Republican; RaceBannon

WOW! Fascinating. Thanks fot the post; ping.


42 posted on 02/15/2013 5:31:57 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Reaganite Republican
Think the Ruskies are working on a particle beam laser..I recall thinking the same thing a year or so ago involving a satellite..
43 posted on 02/15/2013 5:35:28 AM PST by montanajoe
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To: Reaganite Republican; RaceBannon; All

More commentary (95 comments) and a longer video segment...here...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-15/meteor-travelling-19-miles-second-explodes-over-russian-urals-500-injured-video


44 posted on 02/15/2013 5:41:45 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Reaganite Republican; RaceBannon; All

Very good compilation here...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/9872020/Meteor-falling-over-Russia-caught-on-camera.html

h/t Hobbleknee @ zerohedge


45 posted on 02/15/2013 5:52:49 AM PST by PGalt
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To: muawiyah; Lazamataz
If you are going to ping Lazamataz, you have to spell his name correctly.
46 posted on 02/15/2013 7:06:44 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: servo1969
The core of the Meteor must have been steel to make it through the atmosphere.
If so then I doubt missiles would break it apart since hot soft steel resists breaking.

Lose Lose as far as meteors go, if you don't break it, it explodes. Mercy.

47 posted on 02/15/2013 7:19:42 AM PST by MaxMax
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To: RaceBannon

Yeah. That was one hot little hunker on the incoming.


48 posted on 02/15/2013 9:59:33 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt slowly.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: PIF
“they could intercept missiles moving at mach 14. or 4.9km/s.”

One report of the speed of the meteor was 19 miles per second.

49 posted on 02/15/2013 10:32:00 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: PIF
We stopped working on missile-based ABM systems because it was determined that they just couldn't work well enough to defend against a massive MIRV-style ICBM attack. There is no reason to believe that the Russians ever solved the problems that appeared to us to be insurmountable. That's why our attention was then (and is now) focused on space-based and sea-based systems to defend only against limited missile attacks from rogue states.
50 posted on 02/15/2013 12:00:52 PM PST by riverdawg
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