Meteors and Asteroids, Oh My

Nothing like a falling sky to take our minds off earthly problems. The meteor exploding over Russia was just about 55 feet across and no one saw it coming. Also on Friday, a 130-thousand ton, nearly half a football field long asteroid wandered by, 17,000 miles away — one of the closest passes to Earth of something so large that astronomers have ever predicted.

NASA: “The trajectory of the Russia meteor was significantly different than the trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14, which hours later made its flyby of Earth, making it a completely unrelated object. The Russia meteor is the largest reported since 1908, when a meteor hit Tunguska, Siberia.”

Meteor over Russia, Feb. 15
Meteor over Russia, Feb. 15
Ateroid Fly-By, Feb. 15, 2013
Asteroid FlyBy (Simulation), Feb. 15

127 thoughts on “Meteors and Asteroids, Oh My”

  1. jace, re home cooked ribs, try simmering a potful of them with water and 2 bottles of guiness to cover for 45+ minutes* then grill about 15 for color and char. slather with k.c. masterpiece sauce during and after grilling.

    *at this point they can be put in fridge for grilling later at more convenient time.

  2. The video of the asteroid was beautiful in an awe inspiring way. Despite our scientific and technological advancements, Nature keeps us humble. Reminds us of the insignificance of our significance.

  3. What are the odds that, a few hours apart, on the same day, two major historic asteroidal type objects, both of which are unique will interactive with the earth? Not my question, but one I heard on Coast to Coast early this morning from a Richard Hoagland. I think that the guy speaking thinks that one was no accident. Haven’t finish listening. The coincidence is rather interesting.

  4. Personally, I don’t believe in accidents but…I tend to look to things, not here on earth for the answer. Maybe the Universe is trying to tell us something??

  5. httpvh://
    Observatory NASA video: Asteroid 2012 DA14 darts past Earth.

    A massive 130,000-ton asteroid hurtled past the earth, veering closer to the planet than any known object of its size. The event transpired on the same day that a meteorite wreaked havoc when it exploded over Russia’s Urals region. NASA kept a watchful eye on the 50-meter-wide asteroid, dubbed DA14, which sailed 17,500 miles above the Earth on Friday — much closer than many satellites. READ MORE

    Meteorite Falls In Russian Urals Chelyabinsk region UFO? 2/15/2013.

    An aerial meteorite explosion has wreaked havoc in Russia’s Urals. The blast caused widespread panic, damaged buildings, blew out thousands of windows and lead hundreds to seek medical attention for minor injuries.

  6. Interesting also is that someone, maybe more than one, in that place, had their smart phone on to film it?? Weird huh? With 10 minutes notice, I can’t get mine out of my pocket.

  7. Has Pat Robertson come up with an explanation of this meteorite yet?

    It should be a doozy. πŸ˜‰

  8. I am sure a lot of drinking and drugging went on in C-helbinsk last night. Once the Ruskies figured out it wasn’t a dong from N. Korea or a ding from their former nuclear operations, they saw the universe!

    In a pull back the curtain moment, we have a glimpse of outer space. We on the Blue Planet are gathering an amazing amount of scientific facts about our universe. Science is in town for many humans. Others need religion or superstition to carry them through a celestial event. It is their planet, too. In many ways, life on the Blue Planet is like the Matrix movies. As I have stated before, I am glad to be living on the Blue Planet at this time. Religion does not rule my life or society, but we have tolerance for other’s religion. And science is becoming the rule. And I am living before the machines take over. Yep, it is a glorious time to live on the Blue Planet. It is dark, cold and dangerous out in space – thank the universe for an atmosphere!

  9. It has taken me a lifetime of contemplation to accept the universe ‘just happened.’ No being was responsible. As a child, I struggled with the concept of infinity. I would continually ask at sunday school, who created God? I was handed infinity. My siblings used to use the bathroom mirror along with a hand held mirror to show me my image went on forever. I watched Dr. Zorba on tv draw the symbol for infinity on a chalk board. The endless loop.

    And late one night, freed from earthly concerns and watching cable, I realized the universe just happened. And it now gives me comfort along with my earthly traditions. Mammalian love is most important to me. Thank the universe for sending a huge asteroid to wipe-out the dinosaurs in order for us mammals to take over.

  10. I saw an interview with a scientist from England last night on the news. He said that most of the world’s astronomers say it’s a 98% probability that the meteorite was a piece from the asteroid. He then said NASA was one of the few places that disagreed…. go figure.

  11. C-Bob may have invented an asteroid launcher. He’s pretty good with his inventions. LOL

  12. Carol…
    don’t remember which newscast I was watching. Don’t remember the name of the scientist. Don’t know if he, or NASA is correct. Only know for myself, I don’t subscribe to the “it’s a message from God” theory.

  13. I figure that with the collective smarts that hangs out here, you may help me find the answer.

  14. Carol… don’t take it personally. I don’t believe that any one of us has THE answer. I just have fun with the questions and seeing where it takes me.

  15. I believe I heard yesterday than many Ruskies have dashcams because the videos are used for traffic court. So, the large amount of video record of the meteor is amazing.

    As for the hand held cameras/phones, seems everyone dropped them when the first sonic boom came by. I understand. I have been terrified by sonic booms from White Sands/Holloman AFB…a huge one in 2011 brought the neighbors to the street.

    I was fascinated by the meteor’s large glow of light and a brief moment of darkness before the landscape ‘lighting’ returned to normal. How incredible to have visuals instead of animation!

  16. Renee, I don’t just listen to who I might consider smart people. When I worked at the jail, I listened to all of my clients, even the psychotic ones. I never knew when or who would have something to teach me. I consider everyone my teachers.

  17. The weather satellite image of the meteor, although difficult to see because of the speed of the meteor, shows two pieces of space rock and the ‘shockwaves’ in the atmosphere.

  18. tyson from above newshour interview

    …it takes such an event to wake people up that Earth moves in what is indistinguishable from a shooting gallery in the solar system —
    JEFFREY BROWN: Well, I was just going to ask you, as a wakeup, then what? I mean, what would be possible to do? Create a warning system?

    NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: Yes, exactly.

    So this is really a shot across our bow. Both of them were. Right? Well, one of them actually hit us, at least burst into the atmosphere. The other one is like — is a buzz cut to Earth. And you can say, well what do you do about it?

    Well, if you live in a world without scientists and engineers, the first thing you do is, you say, let’s run or hide or buy water and dig holes and live in them. But we live in a technologically fluent culture, whether or not everyone shares in that fluency. And among those who know, we have ways, on paper, to deflect asteroids if we find them early enough before they come in.

    None of those plans are funded by any agency anywhere in the world. So that’s a whole other cultural political challenge that would need to be overcome. For the moment, all we’re doing with the meager funds that NASA has to do so, and combined with some other funds around the world, is to just find the asteroids and track them.

  19. Thanks for that link Patd. When Neil talks, I listen. Better even, to watch him talk. Besides smart, he’s nice to look at.

  20. Do you find it interesting that people weren’t killed by that meteor incident? Worth a ponder. How easy is it to find a place not occupied by a human being these days. Well, I guess there are lots of places but still interesting.

  21. Patd, it’s much smarter to use the possession of marijuanna to bring in revenue than pay for what it costs the taxpayers to incarcerate someone.

    It seems that there were a significant number of inmates, who I saw, who were sitting in my office almost immediately after they got arrested. They may have just been walking through their neighborhood, minding their own business, with a piece of a joint behind an ear. They were stopped because it was a high crime area.

    Those inmates figured that while they were detained, they ought to make the best of it and get a few things attended to. Some of those things were pretty expensive and it was kinda hard for me to say, you don’t need that neglected broken leg taken care of if you didn’t care about it before you got arrested. Believe me, I did think about saying that for just a moment.

  22. Patd,

    No Cheating?

    Well, as the cook I reserve the right to have the first swallow out of each bottle prior to pouring it over the ribs.

    Quality assurance so to speak. πŸ˜‰

  23. I rub and smoke beef, lamb, and goat ribs. Lamb ribs are usually too pricey for me, but once every couple of years, I’ll open my wallet.

    I buy beef ribs in a sealed pack from an East Asian market. If I bought them in a regular chain store, much of the meat would have been cut away. At the Asian market I pay the same per pound, but I get meaty ribs. They’re still expensive.

    It’s hard to get goat ribs that aren’t sawed into 2″ sections. Usually I have to smoke them on a grate. I prefer to hang them from hooks in the smoking chamber. Once in awhile I can find whole rib slabs without paying a fortune.

  24. Season to taste, wrap in wet seaweed, and bury next to a glowing meteorite for 20 minutes.

  25. Places that have decriminalized non-medical marijuana

    Chicago instituted a ticket system and fines resulted in 98,000 in the first month or so.

    It’s stupid. Raise a lot more legalizing and taxing pot. Let me know when people are ready to go back to prohibition

    The purpose of the early pot laws was to harass minorities and it continues to be true

  26. of course i love the one about my denom:

    Methodist: It’s not so bad if shit happens, as long as you serve grape juice with it.

    spot on!

    did it miss it? not one for Baptists

  27. Lutheran: If shit happens, don’t talk about it.

    Speaking as one, all too often that just about sums it up.

    Lutherans are pretty good listeners, not great talkers.

    Lutheran:If shit happens just head for the coffee pot.

    Lutheran: I don’t care if shit happens, you can still only flush once, water costs money you know.

    Lutheran: Shit is gonna’ happen if the budget isn’t met.

    Lutheran: Shit happens, so do potlucks. πŸ˜‰

  28. Craig,

    I’ll have dinner ready just about as soon a I figure out how to light this meteorite.

  29. DexterJohnson says “the Trail is slow-loadin’ again here”

    yep Dex, it sure is. i’m so frustrated by this. and it keeps happening on weekends when my support team isn’t available. gonna back out some features and see if i can speed things up until monday

  30. ok that seemed to help page build speed? a lot of stuff is gone for the moment, like comment editing. let’s just go with this slimmed version for the weekend, until i can talk to the tech guys

  31. Oh boy, I am really going to screw this up if I can’t edit. The edit feature is my life line.

  32. just for the weekend jace. i’ve deactivated all of our 17 plugins for now. will bring them back one by one to see if i can finally figure out which one is slowing us down. the good news is that pages opening much quicker, which means we’re that much closer to identifying the problem for good

  33. Thumbs up will now have to be awarded, via the written word.(Little smiley face)

  34. OH NO !

    Without the edit button I’ll revert to being as dopey as I was a couple o’ years ago.

  35. “you guys have inspired me to refill my propane tanks”

    Just set your oven to 275F. Heat up the house; cleaner, easier.

  36. jace, well that’s not good news for being able to keep the edit function. let’s leave it be for now, see how it goes with it still there.

  37. I think embedded videos and pictures are the most easily expendable features in a forum such as this. Yeah, they’re fun, but they can also be linked, as they once were. My $0.02.

    “Test was a bust. Back to the drawing board.”-Jace

    I saw it. Some youtube vid with a Vishnu etching

  38. Aye Captain Kirk, the matter anti matter reactor is up for now , but she won’t take much more.

  39. Between Craig’s genius and my total lack of technical prowess, we’ll have this baby up and running in nothing flat.

  40. The site is actually loading faster than it has for 2 weeks, whatever you’re doing.

  41. Exchamp,

    That’s my experience too. What ever was unplugged needed a damn good unplugging.

  42. Flatus,

    In WY we used to have it in the form of blizzards, usually in the Spring. Often times more dangerous and damaging than a Winter blizzard.

    In AZ not so much.

    Take care


  43. thanks jace, champ, xrepub, dex et all for helping play tech detective. I feel much better now knowing that we can speed up the trail and at least keep the edit function. FYI the way this game works, lots of third-parties offer what are called plugins to WordPress blog software. They offer lots of nifty features, like comment editing, but now I know one of them was hanging us up. I had installed 17 of these creatures. So it’s just a matter of plugging each one back in one at a time until we find the culprit and get rid of it. So far I’ve only reactivated edit and the video embedder. We’re running smooth, so we know neither of them are the troublemaker. Maybe tomorrow i’ll start testing the others. But for now let’s just enjoy the wind at our back. thanks for your help.

  44. Seems to me that it might well have been the preview function. Last week I quit previewing any comment and went right to post and they seemed to go through faster.

  45. httpv://

    I enjoy watching people enjoy themselves and what they do.

  46. Craig… this thing is loading at the speed of lightening…

    I love the feel of this ol’ fashioned blog.
    And I just gotta say… I LOVE no thumbs up…

  47. Hell, she’s hittin’ on eight cylinders.

    Let’s drive her like we stole her, and see what happens.

  48. ok i’m going to leave it alone now and see how it goes. most everything we care about is restored, except for some backroom stuff and the ole thumbs up, which i gather a lot of you won’t miss

  49. Renee, I find those thumbs up intimidating and I’m really glad we don’t have a thumbs down.

    I remember back when I first came here to TM. I’d say something and then run and get behind my couch to wait for the bullets to fly. If it seemed quiet, I’d peek back in.

  50. geez, came back from my pies and the place was a wreck. what did you guys do? ok i am slimming us back down to working condition, but for the moment without our fav features, like comment editing. our little tech mystery still not solved, though my leading suspect is the social network login feature

  51. Ya know Craig, I think you have a poltergeist haunting this place.

    Who ya gonna call? Ghost busters.

  52. ok, i’ll restore comment editing and video embedding, plus html, preview and smiley buttons on the comment box, since they seemed to go well before. everything else we’ll try slowly, one at a time. but no more tonight. i’m all geeked out

    and if the consensus is to leave off the thumbs-up button, even if it’s not our troublemaker, cool by me

    like i said, my suspicion is that allowing login with social network accounts like Facebook, Twitter etc. is what we might not be able to restore until i find a better version of that plugin. in tonight’s test run we crashed once i put that back on

  53. Well, if you get rid of the thumbs up, at least nobody will have to sit around with their thumb up their…waiting to load. 😈

  54. Normally when I’m testing plug ins I just wet my finger and stick it in the socket.
    Generally the answer becomes apparent almost immediately.

    Not sure however if the same holds true for computer plugins. πŸ˜‰

  55. CT,

    She calls regularly to check on me.Knowing full well that I am rather dangerous when left at home without adult supervision. πŸ˜‰

  56. testing reinstall of image uploader. let me know if speed affected. we’re closing in on the social network login feature as our culprit in recent slowdown. ha, looks like we can blame it on Facebook, that’s always fun.

  57. httpv://

    A tad slow on initial click-in to site, but not bad at all.
    Todd Snider singing in the video.

  58. “In the cold of the night, the watchman sits and watches the land. He is cold, he is tired, but he perseveres.

    Nothing is awake in the brisk night besides the watchman himself. The land is silent and then the birds begin to sing.

    The night watchman is awake and the cold wind is biting. He is the silent brother, the one all pass by, yet he is strong and stoic, biding his time til the day dawns.

    To the watchmen far and wide, the night is yours, stay strong and stay warm.”

    -Nuit Blanche
    Toronto City Hall, October 2010.-

  59. And you make it so, Dex, you make it so!

    “The Mississippi River will always have its own way; no engineering skill can persuade it to do otherwise.”

    — Mark Twain

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    Paul Robeson, “The House I Live In”, which is a tribute to democracy and the people of the USA.

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