Skip to comments.An asteroid hit Earth right after being spotted by telescope this week
Posted on 06/25/2019 5:56:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin
An asteroid the size of a refrigerator was spotted by telescopes in Hawaii on Saturday, just before it collided with Earth's atmosphere and burned as a fireball in the sky due south of Puerto Rico. The harmless space rock, officially named 2019 MO, never had a chance of making it to the ground or doing much damage, as it was only about a tenth the size of the bolide that exploded in the atmosphere over Russia in 2013.
What's most interesting about 2019 MO, though, is the fact that it was spotted by telescopes beforehand. That's only happened four times in history, according to Italian amateur astronomer Ernesto Guido.
The other three times all happened in the last 12 years, including asteroid 2018 LA that made it all the way to the ground in Africa.
This doesn't mean space rocks are getting more aggressive in the 21st century, but that astronomers' equipment and techniques are getting better at spotting incoming asteroids.
Astronomer Peter Brown from Western University in Ontario noted that the impact was recorded at the equivalent explosive power of 5,000 tons of TNT.
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Sure glad it didn’t hit Puerto Rico. The socialist “democrat party would never let us hear the end of it.
“This doesn’t mean space rocks are getting more aggressive in the 21st century,”
Gotta get those space rocks to stop listening to heavy metal. Put on some soft rock instead.
It always seems a shame to me that these rocks fly who knows how many millions of miles and who knows how many millions of years, only to meet their end by ignominiously burning up in our atmosphere. Now landing in the middle of a San Francisco Gay Pride parade— that would be the way to go, and be well worth the trip.
This is like looking into a train tunnel and expecting us to be amazed when we report “A Train is Coming!”......
Didn’t feel a thing
So, basically it hit with about 1/3 of the force of the Hiroshima bomb and nobody noticed.
Had their headphones on.
That’s a pretty good pairing. I like it.
Here’s my choice for chilling out aggressive space rocks.
From this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3RsOxKHr6k
Maybe God was aiming for the RAT debate in Miami tomorrow night.
Back in my day a space rock the size of a refrigerator was called a meteor. Guess they’re going to have to rename the Murchison Meteorite the Murchison Asteroid.
This rock burned up in the sky but had the impact of 5KT of TNT? The author must have dropped out of 3rd grade science class.
If an asteroid hits the earth and explodes with the force of 5,000 tons of tnt, women and children will be affected most.
Those were the days, my FRIend.
If God was aiming, it would have hit.
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