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The Startling Reality

The Russian meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk was 1000 times bigger than they originally said it was.  NASA stated that they do not currently have the technology available to track objects of that size or predict when one might be coming towards our planet.  Some estimates indicate that there could be as many as 100,000 of these small sized asteroids that could potentially hit the earth someday.  Obviously this does not happen very often since the last one in recorded history was in the early 1900s. 

The much larger asteroid that passed by the planet on February 15 2013 was discovered by amateur astronomers and reported to NASA.  I am not sure exactly how they found it, but I suspected was the good old fashioned way with optical telescopes.  The real question is what would we have done if a larger asteroid had been on a collision course with earth.  As far as I know, there is still no technology currently available to deflect an asteroid from hitting the earth.  So for Russia has been hit twice by such an occurrence in the last 100 years.

If the Russian meteorite that exploded over Chelyabinsk had a shock wave that was strong enough to blow out windows all over that city, I wonder what effect it had on the people’s hearing.  None of the news articles seem to indicate how loud the noise was when it exploded.  Any noise 150 decibels or louder has the potential to permanently deafen and someone.  If you see a meteor flying through the atmosphere, a good course of action might be to anticipate the shockwave and protect your ears by covering them.  It might be best not to stare in the direction of the potential explosion either because the flash of light could potentially damaging the retinas in your eyes.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Politics

 

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Meteor Hysteria

Now that the people of Chelyabinsk Russia have had time to regain their composure, it has become a race to gather meteor fragments before they are all gone.  There are already people selling them on Ebay for various amounts of money.  They can be worth 10 to 40 times their weight in gold.  The bigger the chunk the more it’s worth.  It comes right down to the simple truth that everyone is a capitalist at heart.

The core of the meteorite is probably at the bottom of lake Chebarkul.  I assume that only the scientist will probably get a crack at that since it will be a very challenging recovery operation to remove it from the icy waters of the lake.  Technically it’s illegal for the Russian people to export meteorites from what I’ve heard.  The Russian government sells them instead and keeps the money.  It reminds me of how the state of Florida takes a big portion of the treasure found in its waters along the coast.  The number one rule of being a treasure hunter is never tell anybody what you found.  You have to keep it for your own collection or very quietly sell it to someone else.

Florida officials are reporting that people are reporting meters like crazy now.  Some of them may be bigger than normal, but I suspect most of them are probably average sized meteorites that people normally never bother to a report.  During college, I delivered the morning paper every single day for almost two years.  From 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM most days.  I had a good view of the sky as I walked my paper route.  It was not uncommon to see two or three meteorites every single day.  Most of them are small. Occasionally I would see one that was brighter and lasted much longer as it when across the sky.

My family even found a very odd rock buried in the front yard of our house about 10 years ago.  It’s unlikely that it’s a meteorite, but Florida does not normally have any naturally occurring rocks in that area.  Normally you find nothing but sandy soil.  This rock is the size of a golf ball.  It is somewhat round.  It weighs considerably more than a normal rock its size.  It has tiny little silver flecks of metal embedded throughout the rock, and it is brown in color.

NASA’s swears up and down that the large asteroid that passed by our planet on the 15th of February had nothing to do with the meteorite that exploded over Russia.  In my personal opinion, such a large asteroid was likely to have stragglers following along the same path.  I think NASA was just trying to prevent panic and hysteria from breaking out in our country.  How many people thought the world was going to end on December 21, 2012? People just need a good excuse to panic.

NASA’s space program may only be a hollow shell of what it once was, but the U.S. Air force has quite an extensive space program.  They have a small unmanned vehicle that they use.  It looks almost identical to the space shuttle except that it’s tiny compared to the shuttle.

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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Politics

 

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Russian Meteor Conspiracy

Shortly after seeing news reports about the Russian meteor exploding over Chelyabinsk and seeing the videos of the contrail I told some of my friends that I bet the Russian people probably thought that they were being attacked by some type of weapon.  A while later, there were news reports of some of the Russian officials stating that it was really a weapon controlled by the United States.  It all sounds so farfetched that they would think it was some type of weapon, but later in the day there were reports of Russian bombers with nuclear tipped missiles circling Guam in the South Pacific.  Of course we intercepted them with fighters to get them back into their own airspace.

How easy would it be for the Cold War to start all over again because of a natural phenomenon like a meteor?  There obviously are those who would like for that to happen.  What makes it more interesting is the fact that Cuba had a similar incident with a meteor the same week but on a smaller scale.  Cuba’s a smaller communist country and had a smaller meteor.

Could it really be possible to use a meteor as a weapon?  All the scenarios that have been hypothesized to change the course and orbit of an asteroid in danger of striking the planet earth could just as easily be used to change the path of an asteroid to intentionally strike the earth.  The amount of planning and mathematics as well as the technology needed to do such a thing makes it so extremely unlikely to be done.  Nevertheless, it will probably become the newest conspiracy theory circulating the Internet.

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Politics

 

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