Asteroid entering atmosphere tonight!!

Discussion in 'Tin Foil Hat Lounge' started by Tango3, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    No bulldooky:
    An asteroid picked up and tracked last night will enter earth's atmosphere over the sudan around 1046 tonight,its small so little to no damage is expected... :shock:

    Major Bolide Forecast Tonight; No Damage Expected

    Many telescopes around the world are dedicated to scanning the sky, looking for asteroids that might potentially hit Earth. Many candidates have been found, and some have received widespread coverage in the mainstream press. But when the trajectories have been computed, all of them have turned out to be false alarms — until now!

    Last night (Sunday, October 5th), a telescope on Mount Lemmon, Arizona, detected a tiny moving blip, the signature of a small chunk of rock moving rapidly through space. Twenty-five observations have been done since then by professional and amateur astronomers around the world, and the object's orbit has been pinned down with fairly high precision. It is almost certain to hit Earth's atmosphere around 10:46 p.m. EDT tonight, October 6th. (That's 2:46 a.m. October 7th, Greenwich Mean Time.)

    <!-- #showImage -->The rock is roughly 10 feet (3 meters) across, and it's expected to enter the atmosphere above northern Sudan at about 8 miles (12 km) per second. The energy released should be approximately equal to one kiloton of conventional explosives. Fortunately, no damage is expected, since the blast will take place in the upper atmosphere. Some fragments may fall to the ground, but the area is sparsely inhabited and they're unlikely to hit anyone.

    The sight and sound, however, should be amazing — especially since the sky will still be dark when this meteor hits. The fireball may be visible over much of northern Africa, the Middle East, and possibly even southern Europe.

    Technical details are available in the Minor Planet Electronic Circular.
  2. jimy

    jimy Monkey++

    Any updates. I haven't seen anything about this on the MSM. Thx.

  3. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    relax you slept through it..." tonight" posted yesterday; was last night/very early this morning...

    ASTEROID IMPACT--UPDATE: Asteroid 2008 TC3 hit Earth this morning, Oct. 7th, and exploded in the atmosphere over northern Sudan. An infrasound array in Kenya recorded the impact. Dr. Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario has inspected the data and he estimates that the asteroid hit at 0243 UTC with an energy between 1.1 and 2.1 kilotons of TNT. Most of the 3-meter-wide space rock should have been vaporized in the atmosphere with only small pieces reaching the ground as meteorites.

    Some airliner reported the flash also ...
    You implying you didn't research the "minor planet electronic circular"(?)
    I can't make heads or tails of it either!.
    exceptforthelast paragraph:"

    The nominal orbit given above has 2008 TC3 coming to within one earth
    radius around Oct. 7.1. The absolute magnitude indicates that the
    object will not survive passage through the atmosphere.

    Steve Chesley (JPL) reports that atmospheric entry will occur on 2008
    Oct 07 0246 UTC over northern Sudan."
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