Incredible meteor event in Russia: Strange rumors sparked (Updated)

Wowwy wow.

BBC News – Meteor strike injures hundreds in central Russia.

A meteor crashing in Russia’s Ural mountains has injured at least 500 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings.

Most of those hurt suffered minor cuts and bruises but some received head injuries, Russian officials report.

A fireball was seen streaking through the clear morning sky above the city of Yekaterinburg, followed by loud bangs.

A large meteor fragment landed in a lake near Chebarkul, a town in the neighbouring Chelyabinsk region.

I’m sure everyone has heard about this by now but a few curious things. For one, it does not seem related to the asteroid 2012 DA14 being watched on a close flyby tonight. And second, one witness reports after seeing the light from the fireball and vapor trail that she smelled “fumes”. What were those?

Also curious if people heard noises prior to the boom.

Incredible. Like something out of my nightmares.

This is the second time such an event happened in Russia in recorded history. A similar even occurred in Tunguska in 1908. This event may put to rest all the speculation about wild alternative explanations for Tunguska since this is one of the best recorded incidents to date. Yet, there is already speculation and rumors swirling about this event. Stay tuned.
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Listening to Bill Nye the Science Guy this morning, he assured viewers that 2012 DA14 will not hit us later today but this event is a wake up call for near earth objects. We need to get on the ball, fund the asteroid spotters and Get R Done!

UPDATE: Bob Blaskiewicz caught this screen grab off RT. Just goes to show the alternate ideas have been spawned.

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The Russian meteor was being taken very seriously, as some suggested it could have actually been a secret military test or UFO of some kind.

via Russian Meteorite: Giant Meteor Lights Up Sky In Russia, Sparks UFO Fears In Three Cities.

The tale of the meteorite which smashed into an Eastern Russian town on Friday seems strange enough – but now the internet is aflame with conspiracy theories that it was actually shot down by a Russian missile.

via Russian Meteor: Conspiracy Theorists Claim Meteorite Was Shot Down By Military Missile.

OH STFU already. Silly.
Russian parliament member says meteor was actually a U.S. weapons test.

Nah. Wrong answer.
Russian Cleric: Meteorite Was Lord’s Message | Russia | RIA Novosti.

We should listen to ex-sports stars on these matters. That’s completely idiotic.
Meteor Truther: Jose Canseco Says ‘No Way’ Meteorite Hit Russia Today | Mediaite.

NASA has an update on the trajectories of the two objects, this Russian one and 2012 DA14

“According to NASA scientists, the trajectory of the Russian meteorite was significantly different than the trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14, making it a completely unrelated object. Information is still being collected about the Russian meteorite and analysis is preliminary at this point. In videos of the meteor, it is seen to pass from left to right in front of the rising sun, which means it was traveling from north to south. Asteroid DA14′s trajectory is in the opposite direction, from south to north.”

via NASA – Asteroid 2012 DA14 – Earth Flyby Reality Check.

UPDATE2: A video is going around showing a burning crater identified as being a result from the impact. IT IS NOT. It is a natural gas formation that has ignited in Turkmenistan. Someone just thought it was an easy hoax. A crater would not burn like this unless there was combustable material in it (rock and soil is not combustable).

Darvasa_gas_crater

NOT A METEOR CRATER

 

  16 comments for “Incredible meteor event in Russia: Strange rumors sparked (Updated)

  1. February 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    It was absolutely stunning. I’m waiting to hear about fragments. This has to be one of the best documented impacts of all time.

    • February 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Because of how their court system works. Due to corruption in their government, the courts don’t accept “verbal” testimony as a good form of evidence (that includes witnesses as well). So people have dashboard camera’s in their cars in case something happens (like a traffic incident etc). So when they goto court, they’re guaranteed to have proof.

  2. Mr. Shreck
    February 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Just this morning I intercepted transmissions on my UFO band scanner:

    … here to finish the … started at Tunguska … burners …. burn this mother******* !!!

  3. J
    February 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I’m mostly curious as to how this seemingly came out of nowhere. Was it flying ahead of the asteroid expected later today, and has it been doing so since its journey from whatever asteroid belt it came from?
    Also, the fumes may be attributable to the shockwave kicking up all manner of dust and dirt at once, making for a nice mix of smells. Not to mention the immediate response of on-lookers trying to make sense of such a fantasic event at the same time, and so attributing possibly trivial things as being from it instead of just a simple consequence of it.
    And 19 miles/sec? I wonder if slowing down and fragmenting in the atmosphere could create so many sonic booms? Truly amazing, all the same.

    • Mr. Shreck
      February 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      “… making for a nice mix of smells. Not to mention the immediate response of on-lookers …”

      Before I could finish reading this sentence, my brain filled in: yes if I were an on-looker at this, I might produce some fumes! :-P

      • J
        February 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Ha! Not exactly what people mean when they say, “Fill your boots.”
        And I’d like to know what kind of missle could shoot down something moving so fast, considering there are no weapons I know of that can travel as fast as that meteroite, and therefore no defenses capable of putting them down.

    • Chew
      February 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      It is being reported that it was a 10 ton meteor. For a stony meteoroid that comes out to about 1.9 meters in diameter so it would have been just barely detectable by our Near Earth Object search programs from the distance of the Moon. So the odds of finding it before it hit are astronomically small.

      A weather satellite captured the meteor and someone overlayed it on Google maps: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8zjQpZviFL8/UR5VjmTMhdI/AAAAAAAAR-A/mfuq8_4eP8s/s1600/googlemaps-meteosat-matchup.png

  4. February 15, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    The smell of fumes could be a trick of the mind – not that the witness imagined it, but that their brain created it. Our senses rely on each other for information. If you see or hear an explosion, you expect to smell something burning or fume-like and that expectation sets the brain in motion in that direction.

    That’s just one possibility, of course. They could have sensed something real.

  5. Brian
    February 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    a little odd with the timing…

    • Chew
      February 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      The timing couldn’t have been better! The conspiracy theorists are losing their minds all over again!

  6. February 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    This is the second time such an event happened in Russia in recorded history

    Don’t forget the massive 1947 Sikhote-Alin meteorite!

    • February 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Well, since the 2013 Russian meteor is now estimated to have weighed 7000 tons rather than 10, it appears to have utterly dwarfed Sikhote-Alin (100-110 tons).

  7. Verklagekasper
    February 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I dare say this is not just one of the best documented impacts but the best documented impact so far. The footage is breathtaking. Thanks to the cameras built in Russian cars to record possible accidents.

  8. February 16, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    Oh, it’s good to see Jose Conseco working….as the crazy guy on the street corner, but it’s a tough economy and you need to take what you can get.

  9. February 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    “I describe the Tunguska event and show impact statistics. One of these megaton events occurs roughly every 100 years. Tunguska was 1908. I ask the audience to do the math.”
    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2013/20130215-what-we-know-about-the-russian-meteor.html

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