Skip to comments.Meteor blast wave blows out doors and windows in Russia
Posted on 02/15/2013 4:49:47 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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Holy Toledo! Why do so many wheels fall off their vehicles?
If the meteor was really a failed launch, then when it is burning up in the atmosphere, it would be pointing directly at the center of the Earth, as you can kind of see in the first picture.
The second picture is a trajectory of today's near asteroid approach. If you can imagine the Earth in that picture being a bit bigger, and the atmopsphere surrounding it too, you can imagine a path that would take the asteroid through the atmosphere, but not necessarily crashing into the Earth, or pointing at the center of the Earth. If you were standing on the Earth at the closest point to it, you might see it come down, burn in the atmosphere, and then go right back up and out of the atmosphere.
Watch the video in my post #14.
With the fireball being far ahead, it looks like a nuclear strike.
Thanks. Got it. I was thinking of a launch that had nearly achieved orbit rather than something looking more like a morter shot.
As I understand it hunting their impact areas is a profitable venture in the southwestern U.S..
What are the mechanisms which makes a meteor or comet explode in mid-air?
Then on the 11 pm news, they showed this video. Yep, she saw it and it and knew what it was. They say the sucker landed up in the North woods of Michigan.
My daughter was a pretty sharp kid then --- and she still is. :~))
Pretty much the same that happened to the space shuttle over Texas years ago.Things get REALLY hot just from friction of air resistance .
Now consider millions of match heads, which in this case are fragments of a fractured meteor which are being heated to incandescence due to atmospheric drag, while being further fractured by the deceleration (like hitting a brick wall) provided by that same atmospheric drag, creating even more match heads to generate heat as they themselves are exposed to atmospheric drag.
The net effect, if your object is big enough and traveling fast enough, is the same as a nuclear explosion - too much heat in too small an area. Boom.
Simplified, sure. But I didn't sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night, so my Neil deGrasse Tyson impression isn't what it could be.
Looks like you are right: Pedestrian scams
And they apparently now have a major counterfeiting problem in that area also. Merchants in the area, may soon stop taking $100 bills. Not a problem for me with wallet of 20's, but it was a problem for the gentleman in front of me. The cashier at the counter had just had some money docked from his pay check due to accepting a counterfeit bill.
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