Friday, February 15, 2013

"Like the Armageddon movie"

By Donald Sensing

A meteorite struck the ground near Chelyabinsk, Russia, early this morning and was caught on video.


More than 500 people required medical treatment and there was extensive damage to parts of the city. Story here. Naturally, America is already being blamed.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, said 'It's not meteors falling, it's the test of a new weapon by the Americans,' the RIA Novosti news agency reported. 
I blame George W. Bush. Or maybe it's an advanced Obama-sent drone. Anyway, speaking of space objects,
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close. 
The half-hour broadcast from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with live or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting.
The meteorite and the asteroid are unrelated, according to Dr. Robert Massey of Britain's Royal Astronomical Society, who said that they objects were not only following different flight paths but were also more than a half-million kilometers apart when the meteorite hit earth.

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