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Meteor showers to devastate planet Earth
Pravda ^ | 12/23/2004 | Staff

Posted on 12/24/2004 7:39:29 PM PST by Red Badger

Someone in deep black space deliberately bombards the Earth with meteorites

Residents of Jakarta and two other neighboring Indonesian towns were frightened with a series of loud explosions on December 18th overnight. Western special services warned Jakarta of possible terrorists acts in the country on Christmas Eve. The police, however, did not find any destruction either in Jakarta, or near it. Local television channels reported that several people had seen some objects, possibly meteorites, falling down from the sky. There were no meteorites found in the area either.

The Indonesian Air Force confirmed the meteorite origin of the above-mentioned explosions in Jakarta: radars registered an unidentified flying object, which was falling down on the ground at a very high speed. Astronomers supported the space version too: they said that eyewitnesses had seen meteorites, not a crashed spacecraft.

The mystery of December blasts in Jakarta has not been unveiled yet. If it was really a large meteorite that fell into pieces and exploded in the Earth's atmosphere, one may say that it was not a "timely" meteorite at all.

December is the time of meteor showers, especially the Geminids and the Ursids. The Geminids light the night sky as they fly from the constellation of Gemini on December 14th. The mysterious explosions in Jakarta occurred on December 19th - it was too late for the Geminid meteor shower, as it had flown away already on December 17th. There is another meteor shower called Ursid - these meteorites are considered to be fragments of 8P/Tuttle comet, which, as scientists believe, neared Jupiter and exploded 600 years ago. December 19th was not a good date for the Ursids either, for they appear in the sky at night of December 22nd. If there was a meteorite in Jakarta, it must have been a very unusual meteorite.

As a rule, meteorites do not fall down on inhabited localities. They prefer to hit seas, lakes, fields and even the Antarctic. There can be exceptions from the rule, of course. A large meteorite blew up above the village of Boqate Ha Sofonia in Lesotho, South Africa, two years ago. The space rock burst into thousands of small fragments (400 of them were found afterwards) and showered down on village houses. One of the pieces flew into a kitchen window and burnt a plastic container there. Local residents had to experience the invasion of scientists later, who determined that the meteorite originally weighed about one ton. It was orbiting the Sun for 4.6 million years, until it broke into the Earth's atmosphere at the speed, which exceeded the sound speed 50-100 times.

A recent research showed that the number of meteorite collectors considerably increased owing to the Internet. It is noteworthy that the black market of meteorites has been very active in 2004. Meteorite trafficking and robbery has become much more frequent; the prices on space rocks started growing too. Lunar and Martian stones are especially expensive - the prices on them can reach $30,000 per gram, which is 3,000 times as expensive as gold.

Reports about meteorites falling down on Earth appear almost every week. A strange object was seen flying across the Australian sky shortly before the above-mentioned Jakarta meteor. Unusual luminescence and roaring sounds have recently been registered in the sky above several German towns. Scientists said that those phenomena had been caused with fragments of asteroids in the Earth's atmosphere.

Doctor Valeri Rudakov from the Institute of Earth's Physics believes that one should not underestimate the meteor danger. "Meteorites might cause considerable damage to our civilization. They can destroy enterprises, level electric power stations, not to mention nuclear power plants. In addition to it, meteorites can cause tremendous earthquakes and volcano eruptions," the scientist said.

Reports about meteorites appearing in the sky of planet Earth have become much more frequent indeed. It was generally believed before that small meteorites hit the Earth once in a hundred years whereas large meteorites, the Tunguska meteorite, for example, fall down on the planet once in a thousand years. It is clear now that it was a wrong assumption. One may recollect the large Vitimsky meteorite, which fell down two years ago in Siberia - it has become the second "gift" from space in 100 years. The need in space protection programs is becoming more obvious. Russian and American scientists were going to create a joint space interception system several years ago. The governments of the two countries, however, preferred not to assign any money for the program, and the question went into the background.

The international symposium dedicated to the asteroid security took place a week ago in Tenerife. Doctor Sergei Gusyakov represented Russia at the conference - the scientist took part in the mission to explore the phenomenon of the Vitimsky meteorite. "The pictures that we took in the Siberian woods in the north of the Irkutsk region produced a sensation. It became clear that it was a huge meteorite, which could have caused a monstrous devastation in Europe, for example," Gusyakov said. When the researcher returned home from the symposium, he was informed about another incident in the Irkutsk region: a large 10-ton celestial body fell down in the northern part of the region again.

Experts do not know why incidents with meteorites have become so frequent nowadays. One of the versions says that someone in deep black space deliberately bombards the Earth with meteorites.

Spacecraft Impactor is to collide with Tempel-1 comet on 4 July 2005. Flyby spaceship, which carries the Impactor to the target, will observe the first-ever collision between the man-made craft and the celestial body. The goal of the 300-million-dollar program called "Deep Impact" is to obtain the inner substance of the comet. Scientists believe that the comet substance will be the source of extremely important information about space, for the substance has remained unchanged since the time, when the Solar System was formed.

The Flyby spacecraft is to be launched on 28 January 2005. Impactor will fly to the comet at the speed of 37,000 kilometers per hour. Flyby's scientific equipment and telescopes of astronomic laboratories on Earth will analyze the cloud of the comet substance after the impact. It is not ruled out, though, that someone will wish to explore our planet with the help of such a barbaric method too.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Russia; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: callingartbell; earth; everybodyduck; meteor; ohcraphereitcomes
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No need for Social Security Reform.......
1 posted on 12/24/2004 7:39:29 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger
NOW WE KNOW WHY WE NEED TO HAVE A BASE ON MARS...

Before we worried 'bout the Russkies and the Moon. But with Mars as a base, we can truly protect the planet..

2 posted on 12/24/2004 7:42:57 PM PST by Experiment 6-2-6 (Meega, Nala Kweesta! It appears that SABERTOOTH got himself suspended. Again. ????)
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To: Red Badger

So..... are we doomed?


3 posted on 12/24/2004 7:44:07 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Red Badger
In addition to it, meteorites can cause tremendous earthquakes

Thunder thighs has the same effect in Chappaqua....

4 posted on 12/24/2004 7:45:19 PM PST by b4its2late (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: Red Badger

Geminid Meteor shower was last week. I suppose that was what the Chicken Littles saw.


5 posted on 12/24/2004 7:51:15 PM PST by flying Elvis
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To: Red Badger

Anything to save us from a second Clintoon administration. Plus, Edwards can try to sue God.


6 posted on 12/24/2004 7:54:48 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: Red Badger

Most interesting.


7 posted on 12/24/2004 7:55:52 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: Red Badger

I'm waiting for someone to blame this on the imperialist pigs of the USA.


8 posted on 12/24/2004 7:56:27 PM PST by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
DOOMED!

"We're doomed-DOOMED!"

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

9 posted on 12/24/2004 7:56:58 PM PST by mhking
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To: Red Badger
As a rule, meteorites do not fall down on inhabited localities

For us 'quantum' types' this is a rather nitwit exclamation.

Q.

10 posted on 12/24/2004 7:58:58 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Red Badger
I thought Pravda only published stuff like this on April 1st.
11 posted on 12/24/2004 8:01:47 PM PST by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but have recently come to my senses.)
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To: Red Badger

Well don't just do something, stand there!!!


12 posted on 12/24/2004 8:01:54 PM PST by rockrr (Merry Freeper Christmas!)
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To: mhking
Experts do not know why incidents with meteorites have become so frequent nowadays. One of the versions says that someone in deep black space deliberately bombards the Earth with meteorites.

There they go, blaming Rove again. Excuse me while I adjust my tinfoil hat. :)

13 posted on 12/24/2004 8:02:24 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: rdl6989

oops sorry, I forgot the </i >


14 posted on 12/24/2004 8:03:29 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: rdl6989

oops sorry, I forgot the </i >


15 posted on 12/24/2004 8:03:33 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: Red Badger

"The Indonesian Air Force confirmed the meteorite origin ..."

Indonesian Air Force? What's that consist of? A few armed soldiers shot up in the air with a bungie cord?


16 posted on 12/24/2004 8:06:10 PM PST by moonman
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To: Red Badger
We're All Doomed! Doomed!
We're Doomed!

17 posted on 12/24/2004 8:08:41 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Red Badger

Bush's fault...


18 posted on 12/24/2004 8:09:28 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Oh yeah - and F the french too!)
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To: mhking

19 posted on 12/24/2004 8:10:59 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Red Badger
If this has anything to do with those SECRET PREDICTIVE WARNINGS those seers in Yugoslavia were holding out on, I, for one, am going to be very disappointed.
20 posted on 12/24/2004 8:11:40 PM PST by sinatorhellary
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To: Red Badger
This past June me and a few of my working buds took a bike tour through New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. While in Arizona we made a stop near Winslow, AZ and seen perhaps the best preserved meteorite crater on Earth.

Of course I had my trusty Kodak digital camera on hand.

Here's a pic.

http://www.supersiteusa.com/Files/Motorcycles/Valkyrie/2004Tour/MeteorCrater.jpg

Tom
21 posted on 12/24/2004 8:13:30 PM PST by Valk Rider
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To: Blue Highway

Somebody set us up the bomb!!!


22 posted on 12/24/2004 8:18:02 PM PST by Cleburne
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To: flying Elvis

hrmn.
I saw something peculiar about a week ago (sorry I cannot be more precise) - a pulsing, flaring light source moving very rapidly in a northeasterly direction, trailing a very short-lived tail.


23 posted on 12/24/2004 8:20:03 PM PST by King Prout (When your dog licks you he is kissing you. When your cat licks you he is tasting you.)
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To: Red Badger
Clearly a direct result of re-electng Bush. I'm sure Sen. Kerry had a plan for this catastrophe that would be more effective and compassionate and also do a better job of preserving the environment as well as jump starting the economy.
24 posted on 12/24/2004 8:43:24 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Red Badger
"Meteor showers to devastate planet Earth"

bugger!

25 posted on 12/24/2004 8:46:16 PM PST by mitch5501 (by the grace of God,I am what I am)
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To: BIGLOOK
I thought Pravda only published stuff like this on April 1st.

No, Pravda has turned into the Russian-language version of the National Star: no reality contact whatsoever. It's full of stories about monkey-women and space aliens and people rising from the dead.

26 posted on 12/24/2004 8:57:10 PM PST by Capriole (the Luddite hypocritically clicking away on her computer)
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To: Red Badger
As a rule, meteorites do not fall down on inhabited localities. They prefer to hit seas, lakes, fields and even the Antarctic.

Well, preferences change. Maybe the meteorites are experiencing a cultural shift and will now prefer the Artic, mosques and hotdog stands.

gitmo

27 posted on 12/24/2004 9:02:31 PM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: Ditter

are we doomed?"

Yes,we are doomed.We're all going to die......someday.


28 posted on 12/24/2004 9:29:34 PM PST by philetus (Zell Miller - One of the few)
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To: Red Badger

In the latter days there will be signs in the sun the moon and the stars.


29 posted on 12/24/2004 9:49:51 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: King Prout
"I saw something peculiar about a week ago (sorry I cannot be more precise) - a pulsing, flaring light source moving very rapidly in a northeasterly direction, trailing a very short-lived tail.

No problem. That was Bill Clinton's motorcade chasing a hot-looking babe in a red mustang.

30 posted on 12/24/2004 10:05:17 PM PST by defenderSD (The number of people who lie about space aliens for $ far exceeds the number of aliens on earth.)
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To: Red Badger
That does it! I'm opening my Christmas presents tonight!
31 posted on 12/24/2004 10:11:33 PM PST by OSHA (Proud subject of the GLORIOUS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!!!!! HALELUJAH!!!!)
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To: Red Badger

I forget which is the correct meteor investment: is it gold? Or beans? Or toilet paper? Heavy equipment stocks?


32 posted on 12/24/2004 10:17:54 PM PST by txhurl
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To: mhking

Well just damn! Meteor showers do you say?

Here I thought there was global warming and it was Bush's fault because of Kyoto. Then it snowed in Pasadena today. Pasadena, Texas of all fricken places. The weather man said no, it wouldn't snow that far south. It must be an approaching ice age that they were predicting in the 1970's.

I wish they would make up their minds. Or quit smoking crack.


33 posted on 12/24/2004 10:20:10 PM PST by Jaded (Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain)
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To: All

Ok, I know what is happening here. Global warming has caused this. It has created a huge vacuum in our atmosphere that is sucking the meteroites towards our planet. And of course this is Bushes fault for not signing Kyoto.


34 posted on 12/24/2004 10:20:15 PM PST by calex59
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To: King Prout

I saw about seven of them the night before the peak viewing time while I was driving through Louisiana. Pretty cool stuff.


35 posted on 12/24/2004 10:21:28 PM PST by flying Elvis
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To: Experiment 6-2-6
But with Mars as a base, we can truly protect the planet..

Um, One cannot tell if you are being serious or facetious: how would having a 'base' multi-light-minutes away be of any use (other than an extra-planetary hole to piss billion$ into)?

36 posted on 12/24/2004 10:38:32 PM PST by solitas
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To: Red Badger

Chicken Little was right.


37 posted on 12/24/2004 11:39:33 PM PST by xJones
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To: King Prout
I saw something peculiar about a week ago (sorry I cannot be more precise) - a pulsing, flaring light source moving very rapidly in a northeasterly direction, trailing a very short-lived tail.

You're lucky the cop didn't catch you.

38 posted on 12/24/2004 11:41:59 PM PST by xJones
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To: Red Badger

Ping


39 posted on 12/24/2004 11:45:06 PM PST by AnimalLover ((Are there special rules and regulations for the big guys?))
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To: txflake

It won't matter - after we are pummeled from deep space, the buyers will decrease, supply will be high, and obviously the value will go down in the process.

Don't invest in meteors.


40 posted on 12/25/2004 12:29:24 AM PST by commonguymd (the commonguy's corner bar blogspot - http://commonguyva.blogspot.com)
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To: Capriole

But Pravada still hasn't started a page 3 girl....


41 posted on 12/25/2004 12:50:36 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: mhking

Bump and thanks for the great articles you've posted this year!


42 posted on 12/25/2004 1:43:49 AM PST by lainde
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To: Red Badger

 

All things considered, there ARE some things I could do without...

 

43 posted on 12/25/2004 3:38:14 AM PST by Fintan (Shamelessly posting irrelevancy since 1998...)
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To: quantim

This whole article seems pretty stupid.


44 posted on 12/25/2004 9:19:25 AM PST by Sofa King (MY rights are not subject to YOUR approval.)
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To: mhking; Lazamataz
We're all gonna die!

45 posted on 12/25/2004 11:54:56 AM PST by steveegg (Merry Christmas)
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To: Cleburne

"Somebody set us up the bomb!!!"

What you say?!?!


46 posted on 12/25/2004 2:14:01 PM PST by Qwinn
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To: Red Badger
radars registered an unidentified flying object, which was falling down on the ground at a very high speed.

That was Ted Kennedy leaving a DC topless bar.
47 posted on 12/25/2004 2:24:09 PM PST by Bars4Bill
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To: BenLurkin
Ping -

A couple more "cosmic shooting gallery" posts.

In this one I love this comment:

Someone in deep black space deliberately bombards the Earth with meteorites

The other thread is:

Near-Earth Asteroid 2004 MN4 Reaches Highest Score To Date On Hazard Scale

48 posted on 12/25/2004 2:25:38 PM PST by Phsstpok (Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform - Mark Twain)
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To: mhking
LOL!


49 posted on 12/25/2004 2:51:09 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: txflake
Beans, Mossbergs and bottled water.
50 posted on 12/26/2004 7:24:14 AM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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