Friday, February 15, 2013

Russian Meteor Impact

So everyones been distracted with the asteroid thats going to miss us by 17,000km and WHAM out of nowhere a giant rock hammers russia. Reports say that the military may have shot it down, but up to 400 people have been ingured. PM Medvedev Says Russian Meteorite KEF-2013 Shows "Entire Planet" Vulnerable By Peter Fowler at 4:22 am Eastern (Newsroom America) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has confirmed a large meteor has impacted in Russia, saying it proves the "entire planet" is vulnerable to meteors and a system is needed to protect the planet from similar events in the future. A meteor shower has hit the Chelyabinsk Region of Russia in the Ural Mountains, with hundreds reported injured by flying glass near the impact site following a large sonic boom. Speaking at the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, Mr Medvedev called the fallen meteorite in Chelyabinsk "KEF-2013," according to a translation obtained by Newsroom America. He said the incident was proof that not only was Russia vulnerable to meteors, but "the entire planet". The Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin,said Russia and other countries should develop a system to protect the planet from similar events in the future. "I have already spoken of the need for some international initiatives relating to ... preventing a dangerous approach to Earth by objects of extraterrestrial origin," he said. Mr Rogozin said neither Russia nor the United States have sufficient technology to shoot down objects of this kind. Meanwhile U.S. Astronomer Phil Plait said he believed the meteor is not related to asteroid 2012 DA14 which is due to make a close fly-by past earth in the next few hours. "Wrong direction, way too early," he wrote on Twitter. Russian Meteor Impact Unrelated To Asteroid 2012 DA14 Says Astronomer By Peter Fowler at 3:21 am Eastern (Newsroom America) -- Astronomer Phil Plait says his "tentative" opinion is that a meteor which has exploded over Russia is real, but that it is not related to the asteroid 2012 DA14 which is due to make a close fly-by of earth in the next few hours. A meteor shower has reportedly hit the Chelyabinsk Region of Russia in the Ural Mountains. But Mr Plait, who is the creator of Bad Astronomy and worked on the Hubble Space Telescope for ten years, made it clear his views were "tentative" as reports of the meteor were still unfolding. He said it appeared to be a "very big" meteor which gave off a very bright fireball and a sonic boom. Various reports said up to 250 people have been injured, mainly by shattering glass. Videos quickly appeared on the Internet of the apparent meteor, with the one below filmed from a car’s dashboard camera appearing to show the meteor coming through the atmosphere. Mr Plait said the "explosion" heard in videos such as the one below was "almost certainly" from the shock wave of the meteoroid, and not from it exploding or hitting the ground. But he said on Twitter that the Russian Meteor is almost certainly unrelated to asteroid 2012 DA14 which is due to make a close pass by earth in a few hours. "Most important thing for the moment: The #RussianMeteor is almost certainly unrelated to #2012DA14! Wrong direction, way too early," he tweeted. NASA says an asteroid 150-feet in diameter with an estimated mass of about 130,000 metric tons will make a record close approach to earth for a known object of this size today, and will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Program Office says it can accurately predict the asteroid's path and there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with the Earth. However the flyby was expected to provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be closest to Earth on February 15, 2013 at about 19:24 GMT (2:24 p.m. EST or 11:24 a.m. PST), when it will be at a distance of about 27,700 kilometers (17,200 miles) above the Earth's surface. This is so close that the asteroid will actually pass inside the ring of geosynchronous satellites, which is located about 35,800 kilometers (22,200 miles) above the equator, but still well above the vast majority of satellites, including the International Space Station. Paul Chodas and Don Yeomans from the NEO Program Office say at its closest, the asteroid will be only about 1/13th of the distance to the Moon. They say the asteroid will fly by our planet quite rapidly, at a speed of about 7.8 kilometers/second (17,400 miles/hour) in a south-to-north direction with respect to the Earth. "Even though 2012 DA14 is coming remarkably close, it will still only appear as a point of light in the biggest of optical telescopes because of its small size. Based on its brightness, astronomers estimate that it is only about 45 meters (150 feet) across.