Skip to comments.Flaming Space Junk Makes Jaws Drop in Australia
Posted on 07/10/2014 5:50:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The magnificent man-made meteor, weighing some 4,400 pounds (2,000 kg), was seen from Melbourne to Sydney across the states of Victoria and New South Wales around 10 p.m. Hundreds of people were stopped in their tracks. Most noticed how slowly the fireball traveled and how long it continue to burn on the way down.
Ted Molczan, citizen satellite tracker and frequent contributor to the amateur satellite watchers SeeSat-L site, notes that the timing and appearance almost certainly point to the decay or de-orbiting of the Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket booster that launched the meteorological satellite Meteor M2 on July 8.
Reportedly, only one person has been struck by satellite debris. In 1997 Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Oklahoma was hit on the shoulder while walking by a small, twisted piece of metal weighing as much as a crushed soda can. It was traced back to the tank of a Delta II rocket that launched a satellite in 1996. I suppose its only a matter of time before someone else gets hit, but the odds arent great. More likely, youll see what alarmed and delighted so many southeastern Australians Thursday night: a grand show of disintegration.
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Meteor flies across Melbourne skyline part 1
Question: Had the soda can been uncrushed, would it have weighed more? or less?
Now, wait....everybody knows that apound of feathers weighs less than a pound of lead.
Or at least, choose the feathers, if one or the other is going to be dropped on your toes.
precisely the same sort of object I saw over Norther California several months ago
it was astonishing. I was so amazed by it that I neglected to grab my camera ...
I guess it speaks to the era I grew up in, or my paranoia, that whenever I see one of these I worry it's going to be the re-entry vehicle for a hydrogen bomb....
it probably would have weighed less if it had more exposed surface areawhile falling... more material would have ablated from it. I am no rocket scientist though...
I remember seeing the shuttle.....coming over back several years ago/
the most amazing pinkish orange thing ive ever seen
that would have come close to freaking me out if I hadnt heard about the route it was supposed to be taking and its likely time of appearance
I remember Richard Basehart ****TRYING**** to recite Pindar’s “Ode to Fire” at the close of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Peter Jennings—a nice Canadian guy, but he should stick to DeCaf—wouldn’t SHUT UP!!! at the ultimate moment of the Olympics while this subtle classic from the ancient world was being recited as the Olympic Flame was being extinguished.
I’m WAY someone else.
Are we talking weight, or mass?
You too, huh? Hell of a time to grow up, in some ways.
African or European?
I still had the file open. I “inned” in.
After 30 years, it is time to let this go.
Peter Jennings has.
“After 30 years, it is time to let this go.
Peter Jennings has.”
Yeahbut, I never got to hear Pindar’s Ode to Fire.
Just a little tip: if you see something “moving slowly” toward you from the sky...and after a little while it appears to “not be moving” then it is in reality actually moving precisely toward you.
Appearing stationary is an optical trick by moving objects when you have no frame of reference (e.g. ships at sea).
And in gratitude (and in honor of the upcoming cinematic masterpiece Sharknado 2) I post a picture my favorite pic of the inimitable Tara Reid...
Sputnik 1 crashed in little Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It’s a cool bit of cold war history to see the marker in the road where it hit.