Large Meteorite in Russia

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That’s Armageddon! 1,200 injured, $30 million loss, 300 buildings damaged and it was minus 18 degrees.

Russians also made fun of the event : montage showed Putin riding the meteorite and Nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovksy said in jest it was really a new weapon being tested by the United States.

But Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin spoke about the need for an international initiative aimed at creating an early warning system that would also prevent extraterrestrial objects from coming dangerously close to Earth. Existing missile defense systems can be used only against ballistic targets because they follow fixed trajectories in the near-Earth space, but as far as extraterrestrial objects are concerned, it will be a direct “hit” from outer space. He said, “At the moment, neither we nor Americans have such technologies to shoot down meteorites and asteroids as they approach Earth. Russia and other major countries have their own outer space monitoring systems, but they are mainly intended to track down space junk that comes dangerously close to spacecraft.”

Currently, astronomers have no information on the size and trajectories of the flights of 90 percent of the space objects that may threaten Earth, Oleg Malkov, the head of the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Interfax-AVN. “Unfortunately, there are very many such objects around us in space,” he said. “We call them asteroids, or small bodies of the solar system. The larger the bodies, the fewer they are. Small objects are more numerous than large ones. In general, we know the trajectories and behavior of only 10 percent of everything that may threaten us.” “Thus, our ignorance is ten times more than our knowledge,” he added.

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Scientists are saying that the meteor was half the size of that close-passing asteroid. I guess that would make it a hemi-roid… J)

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There was a nice NOVA show on PBS tonight about the meteor… apparently blew up around 15 miles up with 500 kilotons of energy. If you missed it, check your local listings… it should be rebroadcast a time or two within the next week.

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NOVA “may” be on the internet to watch as well. Not sure if all of PBS’s catalog is free to watch online but it’s worth a check.

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