Have a Great Day, Meteors and Asteroids Notwithstanding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6tpVZDg0Mk

Headline 1: Meteor injures hundreds in Russia

Headline 2: Incoming asteroid will miss Earth by 17,150 miles, closest known flyby for something so big .

A 150-foot asteroid hurtled toward …

  1. Spin

    Shouldn’t a young superman come up out of that hole?  Wait!  Is that where the president came from?

  2. Foxman

    Get inside a metal enclosure or you will be turned into dust or maybe a zombie and be in a really bad movie.

  3. Tom Meyer

    Mollie, that footage is actually of the Door to Hell natural gas field, which has been burning for over forty years.  Some jerk re-posted footage of it claiming it was the meteor.

    Phil Plaitt of Bad Astronomy — who pointed out the hoax footage — has a great post on what we know about the meteor so far.  Here’s the best video I’ve seen yet:

    http://youtu.be/4ZxXYscmgRg?t=10s

    From what I understand, most of the damage appears to have been caused by the shockwave, not the impact (if there even was one).

  4. Mr. Brown

    That is fantastic. Meteor strikes are the new ninja attacks. 

  5. KC Mulville

    Here’s a question:

    Suppose you knew that a planet-obliterating space rock was aimed directly at Earth, and would impact before any technology could be created to prevent it.

    Would you tell the world?

  6. Lord Humungus

    “Night of the Comet”

    Foxman: Get inside a metal enclosure or you will be turned into dust or maybe a zombie and be in a really bad movie. · 10 minutes ago

  7. Brian Watt
    KC Mulville: Here’s a question:

    Suppose you knew that a planet-obliterating space rock was aimed directly at Earth, and would impact before any technology could be created to prevent it.

    Would you tell the world? · 1 minute ago

    Well, I’d probably just tell my dry cleaners that I may not need my shirts for a while.

  8. DrewInWisconsin

    Really cool video here from dashboard cams and what seems like municipal mounted cameras recording the meteor and the flash.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w6tpVZDg0Mk

    (Could one of our fine editors embed that?)

    What I don’t get is why we don’t see these people slamming on their brakes and shouting something in Russian. Does this sort of thing happen often in the Urals?

    EDIT: here’s footage allegedly from inside buildings when the shockwave hit. This is why there were so many injuries.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpK8Srrx5-w

  9. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Tom Meyer: Mollie, that footage is actually of the Door to Hell natural gas field, which has been burning for over forty years.  Some jerk re-posted footage of it claiming it was the meteor.

    Phil Plaitt of Bad Astronomy — who pointed out the hoax footage — has a great post on what we know about the meteor so far.  Here’s the best video I’ve seen yet:

    http://youtu.be/4ZxXYscmgRg?t=10s

    From what I understand, most of the damage appears to have been caused by the shockwave, not the impact (if there even was one). · 18 minutes ago

    Thanks! I’ll replace the video with this one.

  10. das_motorhead

    Best part of the article:

    According to an unconfirmed report in Russia Today, the meteor was intercepted by Russian air defense. Russia’s deputy prime minister said Russia does not have the capability to shoot down meteors.

    Insert Reagan/Star Wars joke here.

  11. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    DrewInWisconsin:

    What I don’t get is why we don’t see these people slamming on their brakes and shouting something in Russian. Does this sort of thing happen often in the Urals?

    Seriously. Nobody is even talking about it in these moving car videos. Surprisingly sober responses.

  12. Fred Cole
    Spin: Shouldn’t a young superman come up out of that hole? 

    Yes.  This one.

  13. Fake John Galt

    Well it seems that some believe that it is actually a US weapons test.

    http://rt.com/politics/zhirinovsky-meteorite-american-weapon-316/

  14. Foxman
    KC Mulville: Here’s a question:

    Suppose you knew that a planet-obliterating space rock was aimed directly at Earth, and would impact before any technology could be created to prevent it.

    Would you tell the world? · 24 minutes ago

    Interesting question.  Would there be mass panic, violence?

  15. Foxman
    Fred Cole

    Spin: Shouldn’t a young superman come up out of that hole? 

    Yes.  This one. · 4 minutes ago

    Bob sent us a sandwich maker.  Be sure that you know where your towel is.

  16. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Foxman

    KC Mulville: Here’s a question:

    Suppose you knew that a planet-obliterating space rock was aimed directly at Earth, and would impact before any technology could be created to prevent it.

    Would you tell the world? · 24 minutes ago

    Interesting question.  Would there be mass panic, violence? · 7 minutes ago

    Good time to recommend the movie “Finding a Friend for the End of the World” — or something like that.

  17. Clandesteyn

    Who cares how many people were hurt?  The real danger is the magnitude of carbon emissions the meteor put out.  Maybe NASA can spend some time analyzing that question when it’s not occupied with its primary mission of improving the self-esteem of Muslims.

  18. Does every car in Russia have a Dash-Cam? Is that a thing there?

  19. Jolly Roger

    It seems every police car in Russia listens to the same kind of music.

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