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Flaming Space Junk Makes Jaws Drop in Australia
universetoday.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Bob King on

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.

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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.

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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 it’s only a matter of time before someone else gets hit, but the odds aren’t great. More likely, you’ll see what alarmed and delighted so many southeastern Australians Thursday night: a grand show of disintegration.

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Frame grab from a Youtube video of the brilliant meteor that flared over Australia overnight.
1 posted on 07/10/2014 5:50:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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Meteor flies across Melbourne skyline part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS0EA15eA-Y


2 posted on 07/10/2014 5:54:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
a small, twisted piece of metal weighing as much as a crushed soda can

Question: Had the soda can been uncrushed, would it have weighed more? or less?

3 posted on 07/10/2014 5:56:51 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: ClearCase_guy

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.


4 posted on 07/10/2014 5:58:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

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 ...


5 posted on 07/10/2014 6:01:49 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: MeshugeMikey
precisely the same sort of object I saw over Norther California several months ago

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....

6 posted on 07/10/2014 6:06:03 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: ClearCase_guy

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...


7 posted on 07/10/2014 6:06:28 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: BenLurkin

Flaming Space Junk Makes Jaws Drop Off Australia


8 posted on 07/10/2014 6:07:51 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: Yossarian

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


9 posted on 07/10/2014 6:16:57 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: MeshugeMikey

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.

ChatterChatterChatterYammerYammerYAMMMEEERRRR!@!^!*!#


10 posted on 07/10/2014 6:23:28 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: CharlesOConnell
9/10. If you woulda got the ‘in’ in, 10/10.
11 posted on 07/10/2014 6:24:17 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: deadrock

I’m WAY someone else.


12 posted on 07/10/2014 6:25:24 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Are we talking weight, or mass?


13 posted on 07/10/2014 6:26:59 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Yossarian

You too, huh? Hell of a time to grow up, in some ways.

CC


14 posted on 07/10/2014 6:28:16 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Born to Conserve

African or European?


15 posted on 07/10/2014 6:29:17 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: deadrock

I still had the file open. I “inned” in.


16 posted on 07/10/2014 6:30:33 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: CharlesOConnell

Sure are.


17 posted on 07/10/2014 6:31:06 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: CharlesOConnell

After 30 years, it is time to let this go.
Peter Jennings has.


18 posted on 07/10/2014 7:25:09 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

“After 30 years, it is time to let this go.
Peter Jennings has.”

Yeahbut, I never got to hear Pindar’s Ode to Fire.


19 posted on 07/10/2014 7:52:12 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: BenLurkin

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).


20 posted on 07/10/2014 7:57:01 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: CharlesOConnell
I see what you did there.

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...

21 posted on 07/10/2014 9:24:30 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


22 posted on 07/10/2014 9:29:39 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole
Interesting!


23 posted on 07/10/2014 9:40:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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