Skip to comments.Meteorite crash in Russia: UFO fears spark panic in the Urals (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Posted on 02/15/2013 12:34:43 AM PST by Islander7
A series of explosions in the skies of Russias Urals region, reportedly caused by a meteorite shower, has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones have stopped working.
According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.
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The pictures and video at the link are incredible.
Meteroite that is iron and sulfer ?
Lots of comments and incredible videos in general chat. Looks like just one meteor that exploded in the atmosphere. The notion that the Russians shot it down are absurd.
I have seen “Earth grazers” before, but this was really something. Reportedly, the meteorite just about wiped out a large zinc factory.
Where are YOU from? Detroit? Chicago? That's what all the pictures look like except for the smoke trails and a couple of streaming lights. Could be ANY low-rent neighborhood/project/slums from the pics.
Then in the first couple of paragraphs, they claim to have 'intercepted' it, whatever "it" was and blown it into pieces. Yeah, and kim-jung-ill plays a perfect game of golf too. Not to mention first person on the moon or so he claims.
Real meteorites travel several times the speed of sound -I would LOVE to know what kind of missile they threw at it to blow it up. Or maybe they just were quick on the slingshots that day?
Sounds like you haven’t seen the videos of this thing. Absolutely incredible. In at least two videos I saw, the photographer is filming a peculiar looking contrail overhead, russian chatting can be heard in the background, when KABLAM! what sounds like a stick of dynamite goes off which knocks the person and their camera to the ground, with sounds of shattering windows and car alarms going off. Incredible is a mild word for what I saw.
If they tried in their surprise and panic to fire missiles they may have dropped air defense missile junk onto the area below. Iraq used to kill their own people trying to “defend” their SAM sites when all the junk they fired up came back down on top of them.
“Where are YOU from? Detroit? Chicago? ...”
I wasn’t referring to the architecture or the accuracy of the Russian media.
“Looks like just one meteor that exploded in the atmosphere”
I don’t think it exploded or hit the ground — it looks like it entered the atmosphere and left it again — in an almost straight line. I’ll bet it was big, too. Perhaps ten meters in diameter.
A few miles closer, and it would have exploded or impacted.
I just read that a Russian space observatory official says that the meteor was not associated with asteroid 2012 DA14. He also said no one spotted it coming because it was approaching from the direction of the sun.
SkyNewsBreak Reuters: 500 people have been injured in meteor shower in Chelyabinsk area of Russia
Well, meteors can certainly skip off the atmosphere back into space, but the brilliance of the flash suggests to me that the meteor did explode and that its remnants, i.e., meteorites, hit the ground causing property damage, e.g., at the Peoples Zinc Factory.
Of course, I am in Georgia (USA) so I don’t know.
Latest report is over 500 minor injuries, four critical.
All those broken windows in the middle of winter are going to cause immense problems.
More vids here:
Drudge link smelled like a hoax.
“Real meteorites travel several times the speed of sound”
Your main point is entirely correct, but off by a few orders of magnitude. SAM’s can knock out targets traveling several times the speed of sound, about 750 mph or so.
“When the Patriot system was first designed, the primary targets were Soviet aircraft and cruise missiles travelling at speeds around MACH 2, and only operating at a few hours at a time. However, in Operation Desert Storm, they were deployed as static defences (operating continuously), tracking and intercepting Scud missiles travelling at speeds of approximately MACH 5.6 Consequently, the U.S. army had to learn how to adapt the Patriot for targets of much higher velocity.” http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/~alum/patriot_bug.html
However, meteorites travel at 7 to 45 miles per SECOND, roughly 30 to 200 times the speed of sound.
There is a multitude of stories and videos on this right now all over the news.
“skip off the atmosphere back into space”
I don’t think this one “skipped”. I think in just happened to be in the atmosphere for a few seconds on its relatively straight path. I don’t think this one exploded. There are videos showing the entire contrail, and it is about the same diameter for its entire length. I don’t think this one impacted either. It simply passed through the atmosphere and continued on its way.
I wonder why the report says they’re checking radiation levels. Don’t they know meteors don’t cause radiation?
Just a splinter of the big one that arrives later today: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20130201315144.html
I thought that too, but the story is that this one came from the opposite direction.
What I want to know is why the HUGE automobile “dash cam” trend/fad in Russia & the former Soviet states?!?? A bit of explanation here: http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/why-are-there-so-many-russian-dash-cam-videos-on-the-internet-2013019/
We may want to camera up here based on some of those reasons.
Well, aren’t you all mathematical & geometrical and such!! ;-) Spoiling my whole “Mayan’s were just a bit early” scare story!!!
From your link regarding auto dash cam videos:
” It can be jarring to watch these videos, but they get plenty of hits.”
Reminds me of the times FoxNews used to break in with News Alerts for freeway chases. Those would gain thousands of viewers in a short time.
Then, others started complaining because some of those car chases didn’t end too nicely. So, FoxNews quit showing the chases.
Did you see the Moscow plane crash dash cam? Best one I have seen (before today’s meteorite videos): http://youtu.be/NJJicjumigA
Can you imagine the conversation with your insurance agent?!?! “Is that collision or comprehensive? Am I even covered for a part of an airplane hitting my car while driving?” How about meteorites? I will have to re-read my auto policy!
Alright, where are the photos you billed in your headline?
Did you scroll down through the article? There are pics there.
Meteorite hits Russian Urals: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, up to 500 injured (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Russia Today is reporting at least 3 debris sites, and up to 500 injured.
[Glad to see this in News/Activism instead of Chat where the old thread has been the last 5 hours...]
Wall Street Journal:
Meteorite Falls in Russian Urals (w/ video)
1. It isn’t ‘my headline’
2. They at the link.
3. Take your little mousey pointer thingy and click the link to the story.
4. You will see the pictures and video there.
Yikes. Remarkable videos and photos.
I’ll bet that incident caused a few changes of underwear in Chelyabinsk.
All kidding aside, glad to see that no one was killed, at least thus far, though injuries have been reported.
Then you didn't see the correct video, there are several out there. I saw one that showed the meteor comming down, you could actually see the meteor for a few seconds on the video and it wasn't headed back out into space, besides it was way to close for that type of action. Not only that there is a picture of the zinc(I think that is what it is)plant with a huge hole in its roof where part of the meteor hit it.
Has anyone speculated what all the smaller explosions were after the big one? I’m guessing it was fragments that splintered off the meteor and made their own booms.
Ah! The old Jose Conseco syndrome!
I seriously doubt that the Russian missiles actually hit the meteorite. It is more likely that the meteorite slammed into a missile by accident. Nothing is going to accurately intercept and destroy anything traveling at 30,000 mph.
500 injured, wow
Thank you for the clarification. I certainly appreciate it. I did not clearly remember the true speed of most spacebourne objects and did not wish to post incorrect information as that would merely have detracted from what I was attempting to point out.
I have been close to howitzers when they fired and can attest to how simply the side blast was enough to knock the dust off of things close by. I have been aboard a ship when another in the group lit off three of its sixteen-inch guns and felt the entire ship shudder from the concussion -no small thing in a ship that size. When a true meteorite hits, it rarely looks like the pics I saw posted there -that looked more like satellite or rocket debris coming back dirtside, or a failed missile coming down. A meteorite, not that I was there of course *cough*, looks like a dark speck in the sky gradually growing lighter and brighter as it draws close and is burning its way through the atmosphere. From the moment you can determine the small and extremely bright circular object headed towards the ground the next thing you see is a streak of light lancing into the ground -within an eyeblink at most. Even from a few kilometres away, the concussion is staggering, and the crater produced from even the tiny bit left when it strikes is incredible.
Strikes into a valley are usually the easiest on things as the majority of the resulting blast is deflected upwards at an angle into the atmosphere. On the side of a mountain, not so good. The giant 'V'-shaped pattern is quite large and easily detectable from the air.
I guess I am just longing for the old days when FReepers regularly posted pic in the thread, especially when they tag the headline with “(pics)”
Yes, I was being a bit snarky but it was only in the vein of light hearted ribbing. No offense intended so you have my apology.
On that big rock that hit Russia, Wow! The videos are incredible. The power of that thing intense considering its size. Did they say it was 40 tons?
You are right it is incredible. Absolutley out of this world .
Oh no biggie! I figured what you meant but posted just in case. The first time I checked the link I didn’t scroll down all the way.
I think the reason for less pics is to take pressure off the FR servers. Sometimes FR gets very bogged down. That’s why I try to keep pics to a minimum and when I do post them I resize them smaller.
The FR servers are definitely working over time at times. I think the other reason pics are not posted as often as they used to be is increasing use of tablet and smart phone browsing. Too difficult to post pics with those devices.
Were you around in the FR days when someone would forget to switch off an html tag, for example bold, and then every post after that would be bold until someone switched off the tag?
Also used to be common that everyone used italics to post the part of the thread being replied to, as I have done here. That FR norm is gone.
Finally, I miss some of the regularly posted toons. For example...
And dare I say, where are the kittens?