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  1. How the hell does someone intercept a meteor?

    Have you seen some of the Russian video of the thing?

    Comment by Mumblix Grumph — February 15, 2013 @ 12:46 am

  2. Did they deem it intercepted or do they actually have some technology to do it?

    Comment by mech — February 15, 2013 @ 12:52 am

  3. POST Gr4F1X of Teh weeeeeeeeeeeeeeK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — February 15, 2013 @ 7:20 am

  4. PS: Global Waaaarming!!!!

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — February 15, 2013 @ 7:21 am

  5. Even tho he’s not suppose to be on my computer I have to laugh

    Comment by geezerette — February 15, 2013 @ 7:31 am

  6. According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit …. A missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers, local newspaper … reported quoting a source in the military.

    Vodka was probably involved.
    This thing was moving at 30 km/sec in a crossing shot, but ICBM RVs enter the atmosphere at around 8 km/sec in a plunging shot (shotgunning terms). No way this thing was intercepted by an ABM.
    What they probably meant to say was that defense radar/IR sytems detected or tracked it.

    The regional Emergency Ministry denied that military air defenses were involved in the incident.

    Less vodka was involved.

    Regnum news agency quoted a military source who claimed that the vapor condensation trail of the meteorite speaks to the fact that the meteorite was intercepted by air defenses.

    That, uh, that doesn’t even make sense.
    One probably shouldn’t quote a Russian Army private coming out of the all-ranks club.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 15, 2013 @ 7:37 am

  7. We can’t believe our own government how can we believe anything from Russia? Who knows all evil lurks in the heart of man?

    Comment by geezerette — February 15, 2013 @ 7:52 am

  8. Re: the “intercept” explosion
    It looks sort’a like the Patriot/SCUD videos from the Gulf War, but it ain’t.
    At 30 km/sec in the atmosphere, a rock-iron meteor gets whatchacal hot. The light you see is due entirely to temperature. High-altitude (low-density) atmospheric heating doesn’t melt or vaporize the whole meteor, just the surface, so it ablates (small surface bits break off, glow, and vaporize); but at some point, the temperature gets really high (time and higher air density) and the heat penetrates further, so the structural integrity of a thick-enough layer of material fails. Any gases may also reach high pressure. At that point larger amounts of material come off, and all these particles are exposed to the heating air, so that stuff goes super-bright, too. The newly exposed chunk is increasingly thermally shocked, so it begins to fail quickly in a cascading exposure of material to critical atmospheric heating.
    You know, it goes *kablooie!*
    If it happens quickly enough, this may produce a noticeable atmospheric shock wave. Any unvaporized pieces (now too small and/or too slow to go kablooie) hit the ground as meteorites.

    Comet meteors probably fall apart sooner due to weaker structure, and they don’t produce iron chunks as meteorites.

    (What? Discovery Chanel.)

    Note: I did not use a meteorite-study-as-rockette-science pun … for good reason.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 15, 2013 @ 8:50 am

  9. Tell Pootie he’s wearing the hearing protectors upside down. Go on, I DARE ya!

    Comment by rickn8or — February 15, 2013 @ 8:59 am

  10. Just imagine the incredibly small variations in time and space (in astronomical terms) that caused it to happen in Russia instead of DC.

    Comment by mech — February 15, 2013 @ 9:04 am

  11. Aaaaand from a low-information Russian politician,
    it was a US weapons test.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 15, 2013 @ 9:09 am

  12. It WAS intercepted! By planet Earth! I diddent git my PhD in Nuclear Adverbs for nothing, ya know……

    Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — February 15, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  13. So, answer me this, ColJ …
    Why ain’t there no craters on the dadburned Sun, then? Huh? Huh?

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 15, 2013 @ 10:13 am

  14. All I see are pics of two Tongue-guster Firebulls.

    Comment by accipiter NW — February 15, 2013 @ 10:46 am

  15. We can expect a horde of meteorite-hunters to descend on that part of Russia real soon now.

    Cottage industries will pop up all over Russia, selling authentic pieces of the meteorite.

    That double-contrail is sure interesting…..

    I notice that in the traffic photos, none of the cars slow down or stop when the bright flash hits. Seems that would be a normal reaction. (But then, I don’t know about Russian drivers.)

    From the videos, it look like it hit (if it got that far) at a grazing angle, which means that the debris path would be real long.

    Comment by ZZMike — February 15, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

  16. He has a leeetle head.

    Comment by geezerette — February 15, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

  17. Easy one, Doug. Because God hates Russians, an he knows 11 time zones is a easy target……..

    Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — February 15, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

  18. RUSSIAN BLACK HUMOR: One of the most popular jokes was that the meteorite was supposed to fall on Dec. 21, 2012 – when many believed the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world – but was delivered late by Russia’s notoriously inefficient postal service.

    Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — February 15, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

  19. rickn8or … he didn’t want to muss the hair!

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — February 15, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

  20. ColJ,
    Reminds me of the lightning-on-a-golf-course joke:
    If you want to be safe, hold up a 2-iron, ’cause not even God can hit a 2-iron.
    (What? Well that’s the Lee Trevino version.)

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 15, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

  21. @DM6 — ChemTraaaailz !!!1!!!!!!!!!11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *runz in circles*

    @mech10 — yeah…. *sigh*

    @SK19 — ISWYDT bwaaahahahahahahhahaaaaaa!

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — February 15, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

  22. ^ Chem trails
    Dammit !

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 16, 2013 @ 7:04 am

  23. Dang it!
    On looking at more footage, it’s clear that I neglected to comment on the coolest physicsology thing … the sonic boom!
    Man, I loved those as a kid, back in the days when they could fly supersonic up in Michigan.
    (What? Well, the AF prob’ly had a good window-replacement budget back then.)

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 16, 2013 @ 11:09 am

  24. Christian, Muslim, Vodkan

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 16, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  25. rickn8or (9)
    I looked at that pic of Putin again; and it appears that someone behind him did, indeed, say that aloud.
    Perhaps that’s when the photography and his employment ceased.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — February 16, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

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