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Re: Fireballs, comets, meteorites, meteors and asteroids
« Reply #675 on: September 10, 2019, 09:58:37 PM »
That is probably how it will happen some day--an unnoticed space object is hurtling toward Earth, and is only observed a few hours prior to impact.  In that instance, the most likely scenario will be that only a handful of insiders will be in the know, and even at that, they still might not have time to predict, and move to a "safer" location.

It may be that some who are in the know can board a jet and get to a presumably safer location...
Seems that astronomers would  have a contingency plan for such an event. This is not to say they will arrive safely anywhere...  Hopefully they will be safe and hopefully the majority of the human race will get through it...

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« Reply #676 on: September 11, 2019, 03:39:40 PM »
Another "Close-Call".. Sept. 7th ..
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Re: Fireballs, comets, meteorites, meteors and asteroids
« Reply #677 on: September 11, 2019, 07:19:49 PM »
Only half the distance to the moon, and 7 miles across.  That would make a pretty hefty splash in any ocean it would hit.

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« Reply #678 on: September 11, 2019, 10:54:13 PM »
Only half the distance to the moon, and 7 miles across.  That would make a pretty hefty splash in any ocean it would hit.

The units abbreviation "m" means meters.  Miles is "mi".

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Re: Fireballs, comets, meteorites, meteors and asteroids
« Reply #679 on: September 11, 2019, 11:42:13 PM »
Only half the distance to the moon, and 7 miles across.  That would make a pretty hefty splash in any ocean it would hit.

7 meters as Jim mentioned... which means a diameter of the object of 21 feet+
although much smaller this also would create a whole lotta damage.
One former town hall administrator in Georgia had a small meteorite crash through one wall near the ceiling and pass through the house and exit another wall. They never found the object. They feel it was a really small object but wow it sure carried with it a lot of velocity and force...

I am guessing maybe smaller than a baseball...

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« Reply #680 on: September 11, 2019, 11:44:28 PM »
Another "Close-Call".. Sept. 7th ..

MadMax, yes that was fairly close.
It's the same one I mentioned in Reply #674.
That was a previous page, a few posts back you probably couldn't see that...
If PX comes in closer as we expect it will push and also carry objects with it...
Stay safe everyone... Reinforced concrete domes would probably stand up to smallish meteorites... If they were partly buried with bermed earth it would lessen impact...

https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/   See: 2019 RC1  This is an Apollo Object

Sept 07, 2019        Object name: 2019 RC1
Minimum distance  Lunar Distances:  0.48
                            Au 0.00122
Condition Code: 8   
"...The uncertainty parameter is also known as condition code in JPL's Small-Body Database Browser."  The scale is 0 to 9. The higher the number the higher the uncertainty of astronomers about its cours

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Re: Fireballs, comets, meteorites, meteors and asteroids
« Reply #681 on: September 12, 2019, 02:12:05 PM »
Only half the distance to the moon, and 7 miles across.  That would make a pretty hefty splash in any ocean it would hit.

The units abbreviation "m" means meters.  Miles is "mi".
Thanks for the correction--it would make no sense to mix metric with imperial systems in the same article/chart.

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Re: Fireballs, comets, meteorites, meteors and asteroids
« Reply #682 on: September 13, 2019, 04:43:35 PM »
Guess they didn’t see this one coming ..

Boulder falls on Virginia highway after meteor lights up the night sky, confusing many  8) :-[

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article235053072.html

Read more here: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/article235053072.html#storylink=cpy

A boulder came out of nowhere and landed on a Virginia highway overnight, leading to confusion when the timing followed widespread reports of a fireball streaking along the East Coast late Thursday.

The American Meteor Society says it received nearly 40 reports from people who saw a “fireball” over the Carolinas and Virginia, including callers from the Richmond area where the boulder fell.

Witnesses said the fireball appeared around 8 p.m. moving to the north, and dash cam video obtained by ABC11 showed it appeared on the horizon as a bright white ball with a tail of fire.

Hours later came news that a boulder had mysteriously appeared on a highway southeast of Richmond — and it was big enough to throw a passing car onto its roof, Lt. Justin Aronson of the Chesterfield County Police said on Twitter.

Aronson posted photos of the boulder surrounded by orange cones and flares, along with an image of the unlucky car resting on its front windshield. The rock was the size of a picnic table, TV station WTVR reported.

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Re: Fireballs, comets, meteorites, meteors and asteroids
« Reply #683 on: September 14, 2019, 04:44:02 PM »
An asteroid larger than some of the world's tallest buildings will zip by Earth Saturday  ???

On Saturday, an asteroid will pass by Earth that's larger than some of the tallest buildings on the planet.

Asteroid 2000 QW7 is estimated to be between 290 meters and 650 meters in diameter, or between 951 and 2,132 feet, according to NASA. The world's tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which reaches 2,717 feet tall. The second tallest building is the Shanghai Tower at 2,073 feet.

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