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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:33 PM

Yet another meteor? Fireballs over Florida

But don't get yourself in a dither. We have been assured by an 'expert' that the Russian Meteor was a once-in-a-decade thingie. Thus, the San Franciso and Florida Fireballs must be just WOO WOO. Right?

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/18/17001094-another-meteor-fireballs-light-up-florida-sky?lite


But fear not. Here for you Doubting Thomases is your official DU "scientific" "assurance" that this is just "woo" "woo"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022379427

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Reply Yet another meteor? Fireballs over Florida (Original post)
Berlum Feb 2013 OP
Berlum Feb 2013 #1
Ian David Feb 2013 #2
Scuba Feb 2013 #3
arcane1 Feb 2013 #4
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #10
arcane1 Feb 2013 #12
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #13
Warpy Feb 2013 #5
RobertEarl Feb 2013 #11
Lex Feb 2013 #6
SidDithers Feb 2013 #7
msanthrope Feb 2013 #14
SidDithers Feb 2013 #15
Berlum Feb 2013 #23
NutmegYankee Feb 2013 #8
Motown_Johnny Feb 2013 #9
greytdemocrat Feb 2013 #16
Tree-Hugger Feb 2013 #17
SidDithers Feb 2013 #18
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #19
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #20
cherokeeprogressive Feb 2013 #21
WCGreen Feb 2013 #22
Posteritatis Feb 2013 #24
pintobean Feb 2013 #25
Jamastiene Feb 2013 #26
Tommy_Carcetti Feb 2013 #27

Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:36 PM

1. Could it be that people are actually seeing "Flaming Meatballs?"



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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:39 PM

2. I think you're misunderstanding the argument. n/t

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:43 PM

3. Russia was the last decade. Florida is the next.

And if there's another one on Wednesday, duck!

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:44 PM

4. The NBC link describes the ones in FL as "common"

I'm not sure how the term "woo" applies to this natural occurrence

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:43 PM

10. That's just what we would expect alien-infiltrated FL media would say




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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:58 PM

12. Haha! PLEASE tell me people aren't playing the alien card!

Is that the "woo" theory referenced in the OP?

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:04 PM

13. Scoff if you will...




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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:47 PM

5. I'm thinking the Russian meteor wasn't traveling alone

and that there was a whole bunch of space junk around it with the same composition. The rest of it is smaller and seems to be blowing apart a lot farther up.

It's either that or this stuff happens all the time and nobody bothers to notice it until after something dramatic happens.

It's just fortunate that the big one blew itself apart so far up and that most injuries were minor.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:58 PM

11. You're thinking correctly

I watch the north star... a lot. It's my only view, is why. All these trees.

Anyway, the night in question i saw at least three meteors flying just to the west of where Polaris resides. Thought, wow, that's unusual.

The span of time was over 5 or 6 hours with the median time being the time that Russia was hit. There was a gaggle of them that night going over the north pole.

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:52 PM

6. Fireballs happen all the time.

Most all break up and burn up before anything hits the ground. There are occasional exceptions, and the one in Russia was a rare large one.

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:07 PM

7. Awwww, poor you...

Are you sad that your secret has been revealed?

Read any good chemtrail threads lately?

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:19 PM

14. 3-3 jury to keep this post. nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:22 PM

15. Good jury result...



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:20 AM

23. Have you been OD'ing on Huehueteotl's Flaming Meatballs again, Sid?

You have posted a VERBOTEN thotForm word, frend. Some eVil WooVillan sOmEwherE might aLerT on you. oNe caNNot be two ceRtain of unKnowable uNknoWablEs, as you might verY well know.

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:19 PM

8. The rarity is the size of the meteor.

How many broken windows were there in Florida?

Sorry, I've seen fireball meteors here in Conn. But were they THE size of the one in Russia? Nope!

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:25 PM

9. The Russian one was ~10,000 tons

Nobody is saying that the other ones are "WOO WOO". They are simply smaller and more common.

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:27 PM

16. I saw one of these...

When I was on vacation in Puerto Rico one night. It was pretty cool.

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:40 PM

17. There are thousands of fireballs daily

They typically go unnoticed, according to the American Meteor Society, because they frequently occur during the day, over the ocean or in less populated areas. What's uncommon are fireballs of this size plus the additional sonic boom.

This website has a lot of information about the frequency of fireballs.

http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireballs/faqf/

Edit: I know there have been folks on DU who have said they've seen them. You can report your sightings to the American Meteor Society. They like to log sightings. http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireball_event

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:40 PM

18. Asteroid Fast Facts from NASA...

'course, they're a bunch of "scientific materialists", so you're free to ignore them

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/overview/fastfacts.html

Size and Frequency

Every day, Earth is bombarded with more than 100 tons of dust and sand-sized particles.

About once a year, an automobile-sized asteroid hits Earth's atmosphere, creates an impressive fireball, and burns up before reaching the surface.

Every 2,000 years or so, a meteoroid the size of a football field hits Earth and causes significant damage to the area.

Finally, only once every few million years, an object large enough to threaten Earth's civilization comes along. Impact craters on Earth, the moon and other planetary bodies are evidence of these occurrences.

Space rocks smaller than about 25 meters (about 82 feet) will most likely burn up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere and cause little or no damage.

If a rocky meteoroid larger than 25 meters but smaller than one kilometer ( a little more than 1/2 mile) were to hit Earth, it would likely cause local damage to the impact area.


Sid

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:46 PM

19. Derp

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:52 PM

21. What's REALLY wierd is that The City of Big Bear Lake seems to attract more than other places.

I kid you not. Stay outside for about 3 hours and I PROMISE you'll see at least one per hour.

Crazy? Nope. True.

What's the strangest thing is that they seem to come from all directions! Personally, I think that means other civilizations have been shooting spitballs at us for tens of thousands of years and they're finally getting here.

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 12:02 AM

22. I've seen a couple over the years...

When I was a kid about 9 or 10, saw one over the farms out west of Cleveland. It was cool. Probably wouldn't see it today, too many street lights.

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 06:46 AM

24. Anyone equating Chelyabinsk with a typical meteor doesn't know what they're talking about. (nt)

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 07:38 AM

25. Keep an eye out for the

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 03:51 PM

26. What is "woo" is all the people who think meteors are all that rare

and are panicking about it. FFS, even those of us out in the sticks know what meteors, meteorites and meteor showers are. Look up at the sky sometime and quit being so superstitious. There is a whole universe "happening" above your head at all times. No need to panic.

Meteor showers happen a lot. They are especially prolific in certain months. The most popular are the Perseids and the Leonids. The Perseids will be most visable on the nights of August 11th and 12th of this year. The Leonids will be most visable in November 16th. If you can find some way to get out of the city and go look at them, in a place where there is less light pollution in the night sky, it might calm your fears some. They are actually quite beautiful.

The one in Russia was rare, because of its size. Most aren't that big.

You'd be better off worrying about lightning hitting you. You actually have more of a chance of lightning hitting that being struck by a meteor. Just chill out.

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Response to Berlum (Original post)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:16 PM

27. Sunday night when I was driving in my car I swear I saw something streak out of the corner of my eye

It look like it streaked from west to east, and my first thought was a meteorite.

But I didn't get a good look at it. Might just have been a reflection of a street light.

I did see a fireball once in Maryland over my house. It was the craziest thing.

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