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Where exactly did the Russian meteor come from?
thewee.comk ^ | 4:22pm EST | Chris Gayomali |

Posted on 02/26/2013 4:19:06 PM PST by BenLurkin

Poring over crowd-sourced footage, researchers Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, were able to use "simple trigonometry to calculate the height, speed, and position of the rock as it fell to Earth," says BBC News. More importantly, the duo was able to find out where Russia's most famous meteor was likely born.

Using astronomy software developed by the U.S. Naval Observatory, Zuluaga and Ferrin gathered enough data to trace the meteoroid's origins in outer space. The information included the meteor's relative angle to the horizon, the shadows it cast, and video timestamps of the rock's screaming descent.

Based on its trajectory and speed — zipping through the atmosphere at an estimated rate of 13 to 19 kilometers per second — the Russian meteor appears to have originated from the Apollo family of asteroids, which are "well-known near-Earth asteroids that cross the orbit of Earth," says Discovery News:

Around 5,200 Apollo asteroids are currently known, the largest being 1866 Sisyphus — a 10 kilometer-wide monster that was discovered in 1972. Large Apollos are identified as being a significant risk to our planet, so the Chelyabinsk meteoroid acted like an Apollo warning shot. [Discovery News]

(Excerpt) Read more at theweek.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: asteroid; astronomy; catastrophism; chebarkul; chelyabinsk; meteor; russia; russian; russianmeteor
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1 posted on 02/26/2013 4:19:14 PM PST by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 02/26/2013 4:20:23 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
Where exactly did the Russian meteor come from?

Space...


3 posted on 02/26/2013 4:22:34 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: BenLurkin

4 posted on 02/26/2013 4:23:54 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

And now that we know what can we do about it?

Nothing.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 4:25:42 PM PST by Venturer
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To: BenLurkin

I’m still stuck back at trying to figure out how it was caused by global warming.


6 posted on 02/26/2013 4:26:33 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: BenLurkin
Space.

Next question.

7 posted on 02/26/2013 4:28:25 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: BenLurkin

Iran? Syria? Russia should pick better friends.


8 posted on 02/26/2013 4:30:55 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: BenLurkin

Bush’s fault.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 4:31:29 PM PST by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: BenLurkin

"And when this Sequester takes effect on Friday, more of these asteroids will plummet to earth, killing innocent women and children! If only Congress and the Republicans would work with me, we can avoid this catastrophe!"


10 posted on 02/26/2013 4:31:52 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: BenLurkin

Uh, Space?


11 posted on 02/26/2013 4:34:09 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ansel12

It came from the fracking, and was guided in by chemtrails.


12 posted on 02/26/2013 4:34:50 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn....)
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To: BenLurkin

Well, if they’re Russian, they must be from Russia.


13 posted on 02/26/2013 4:35:07 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: BenLurkin

You’ve got to admit, “Sisyphus” is a pretty cool name for an asteroid, but the implication isn’t all that great.

On another note, the author needs an English class, and should also avoid headlines that immediately lead to “duh” responses such as “it came from outer space.”


14 posted on 02/26/2013 4:36:38 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: jazusamo

I was thinking N.Korea. LOL.


15 posted on 02/26/2013 4:41:49 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: BenLurkin

Mickey Obama.


16 posted on 02/26/2013 4:44:51 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: darkwing104

I thought the Russians came form bears.


17 posted on 02/26/2013 4:45:37 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: BenLurkin

We know where it came from and just what we have to do about it.

18 posted on 02/26/2013 4:47:04 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Venturer
Focus scarce resources on tracking Apollo asteroids as opposed to trying to cover the whole cosmos.
19 posted on 02/26/2013 4:47:21 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SaxxonWoods

CNN never said for sure.

“”CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?”

Moments earlier, before an ad break, she segued from the Northeast blizzard to a segment with Bill Nye “the science guy,” by pointing to global warming: “Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame? I’ll talk to Bill Nye, ‘the science guy,’ about devastating storms and climate change.”””


20 posted on 02/26/2013 4:47:51 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: BenLurkin
Based on its trajectory and speed — zipping through the atmosphere at an estimated rate of 13 to 19 kilometers per second — the Russian meteor appears to have originated from the Apollo family of asteroids, which are "well-known near-Earth asteroids that cross the orbit of Earth," says Discovery News:

Around 5,200 Apollo asteroids are currently known, the largest being 1866 Sisyphus — a 10 kilometer-wide monster that was discovered in 1972. Large Apollos are identified as being a significant risk to our planet, so the Chelyabinsk meteoroid acted like an Apollo warning shot.

Revelation chapter 9

1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.

7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

I'm just sayin'...

21 posted on 02/26/2013 4:55:17 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Defend life, liberty, private property, national sovereignty, security, & borders. Keep the oath.)
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To: darkwing104
Where exactly did the Russian meteor come from?

Wait. Wait. Wait. I know. Lady Wait. I know. Wait.

22 posted on 02/26/2013 5:06:48 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: EternalVigilance

reading this, that was my thought exactly,


23 posted on 02/26/2013 5:11:22 PM PST by captmar-vell
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To: UCANSEE2

Very stoned.


24 posted on 02/26/2013 5:17:13 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: BenLurkin

“Where exactly did the Russian meteor come from?”

Klandathu, of course.


25 posted on 02/26/2013 5:20:12 PM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: ansel12

“well-known near-Earth asteroids that cross the orbit of Earth,”

Try saying that 3 times fast after 4 or 5 tequila shots


26 posted on 02/26/2013 5:24:48 PM PST by k4gypsyrose
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To: BenLurkin

Preview of some point in the future (with soundtrack):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMW9BOELTFc


27 posted on 02/26/2013 5:52:09 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: BenLurkin
"Scientists: Russian meteor came from asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter..."

Is there another asteroid belt?

28 posted on 02/26/2013 5:56:26 PM PST by Dacus943
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To: BenLurkin

Alien space craft crashing, probably the mother ship.


29 posted on 02/26/2013 6:09:03 PM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Dacus943

There are two main belts- the one between Mars and Jupiter which is relatively stable, and the Kuiper Belt near Neptune’s orbit which is the source of most comets (Pluto is the largest known Kuiper Belt object).


30 posted on 02/26/2013 6:16:37 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: BenLurkin

Thailand?


31 posted on 02/26/2013 6:19:32 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve read all the replies so far, and beg to point out that the headline was phrased as a question, and the key word was “exactly”. As near as I can determine, nobody ANSWERED the question EXACTLY. Just sayin’.


32 posted on 02/26/2013 6:37:39 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: EternalVigilance

You must have had the same reaction I did to “the Apollo family of asteroids”—(you’re fast!):

“The destroyer. In the new testament of the Bible, Apollyon is called the angel of the bottomless pit.”


33 posted on 02/26/2013 6:40:16 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Rebelbase
Tilt. Game Over.

Cool.

34 posted on 02/26/2013 6:47:53 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: EternalVigilance; Mortrey

They sound similar, but IIRC they are two differnt entities.


35 posted on 02/26/2013 6:49:21 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: UCANSEE2

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/funny.wav


36 posted on 02/26/2013 6:52:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Rebelbase

That is a great fusion of animation and music. Love that song!


37 posted on 02/26/2013 6:56:13 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Squawk 8888
Actually, Pluto is now the second-largest known Kuiper Belt Object.

Pluto's diameter is 1,485 miles. Eris, discovered in 2003, has a diameter of 1,850 miles. Eris' period is 560 years. It has a highly eccentric orbit, taking it at times inside the orbit of Pluto, but for now it is the most distant object found in orbit around the sun.

38 posted on 02/26/2013 7:00:39 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: BenLurkin

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it came from outer space.


39 posted on 02/27/2013 12:30:52 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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40 posted on 02/27/2013 1:08:58 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Pluto’s diameter is 1,485 miles.
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Say what???? Seems you may have dropped a digit or few.


41 posted on 02/27/2013 1:17:52 AM PST by octex
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To: EternalVigilance

11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.

What’s the name in Dholuo... Obama?


42 posted on 02/27/2013 1:19:39 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: BenLurkin

It is all because of .... Climate Change. LOL!


43 posted on 02/27/2013 5:09:20 AM PST by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: BenLurkin
largest being 1866 Sisyphus

Who names these things anyway?

44 posted on 02/27/2013 5:12:34 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (God bless you Tommy and thank you for your service: http://swiftboats.org/tribute/tribute.html)
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To: BenLurkin

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning G*D CREATED the Heavens and the Earth...


45 posted on 02/27/2013 6:18:14 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Thanks, I did not know that. Always learning stuff on FR.


46 posted on 02/27/2013 6:44:10 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: octex; Verginius Rufus

He’s correct. Wikipedea indicates a mean radius of 1161km, for a diameter of 1451 miles, so an equatorial diameter of 1485 miles sounds about right.


47 posted on 02/27/2013 6:56:15 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Daffynition
Thanks for the diagram. I took a couple of astronomy courses in college a long time ago, and my dad was quite interested in it too, so when I was young out family did a little star gazing. I will relay the information to my 95 year old mother who was very interested in what was going on “the day of the asteroids”. She is not as sharp as she used to be, but this topic surely tweaked her curiosity.
48 posted on 02/27/2013 7:06:11 AM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: Darksheare; Borax Queen

Darks obviously at fault once again.......


49 posted on 02/27/2013 7:09:41 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Lakeshark; Borax Queen

They refused UPS delivery.


50 posted on 02/27/2013 7:30:53 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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