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Old 02-15-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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The Asteroid That Exploded Over Moscow

Interesting event occurred today. Here's an interesting take on it.

The asteroid that exploded over Moscow today was said to be traveling at around 33,000 mph and about the size of a football field. That's what the news said anyhow. My 30.06 sends a bullet out of the muzzle at around 3000 feet per second and pretty much destroys whatever it hits. The speed of the asteroid? Around 48,400 feet per second. 16 times faster than my bullet and millions of times bigger. It was closer to the earth than the satellites that orbit above us. CAN YOU IMAGINE?!

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Old 02-15-2013, 07:49 PM   #2
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We are better off not knowing about them!! Pretty scary stuff!

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Old 02-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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was meteor over russia, asteroid was further out in space
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:57 PM   #4
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The meteor and the asteroid are two separate bodies that happen to past on the same day. The meteor was reported as SUV size or in USA Today at 11 tons??? Did make an impression. Later reports say close to 1000 injured.
Except for the reports, you would never have known the asteroid passed nearby.
Russian meteor likely unconnected to asteroid flyby
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What really caused the Russian Meteor.. - YouTube
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The people went to their windows to see what the bright light was about and then the shock wave blasted glass on them. That's one reason there were so many injuries.

Generally speaking, an asteroid becomes a meteorite when it enters the earths atmosphere. Etymologists would be able to contest this statement ad nauseum but I'm in the keep it simple peanut gallery.
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Better check your facts again and look at the size of both bodies as well
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The misinformation that abounds here is unbelievable. The asteroid was the football field sized object that got within a bit over 17,000 miles as it flew by. The object that exploded over Russia was a meteor with size estimates ranging from the size of an SUV to the size of a bus. While they are in space, they are called meteoroids. When they enter the Earth's atmosphere, they are called meteors. When they reach the Earth's surface, they are called meteorites. Neither were related to each other.
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Sorry I misconscrewed those terminalogies. I do know that if that asteroid does hit the earths hemisphere, the little junks are called hemorrhoids.
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They say if a piece of that traveling that fast it would just punch a hole through you and you would not feel it till you collaspe........
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Well "close" to Moscow as Chelyabinsk is some 1200 miles from Moscow.
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We are better off not knowing about them!! Pretty scary stuff!
Don't worry. Should we ever get in the way of one of these big guys, we likely won't even have time for a [moderator edit].

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