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nalfeshnee's Avatar Comment 1 by nalfeshnee

Thank God these keep landing in countries without nuclear weapons.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:25:00 UTC | #275426

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Comment 2 by Stafford Gordon

The sheer power! Humbling.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:29:00 UTC | #275427

Metch's Avatar Comment 3 by Metch

Don't thank god, thank dog.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:29:00 UTC | #275428

alabasterocean's Avatar Comment 4 by alabasterocean

Cool! Guess what the theologians of the 4th century would have made out of this: Stop having sex, God is mad as hell! Hurry and burn some heretics!

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:35:00 UTC | #275429

Wosret's Avatar Comment 5 by Wosret

I saw this on the news last night. By the looks of the videos, it burnt up entirely before hitting the ground.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:48:00 UTC | #275439

thnp's Avatar Comment 6 by thnp

Wow; awesome!

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:49:00 UTC | #275440

Peter_on_Sax's Avatar Comment 7 by Peter_on_Sax

What a strange perspective. I would expect that most people would see this as a meteorite making it though the atmosphere. But the petrol station attendant thought is was "like fireworks or a missile coming down". Do Canadian schools not do science yet?

Perhaps I expect too much from this Mr. Mitchler who spends his days thinking he is "pumping gas" when actually it's a liquid.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:52:00 UTC | #275442

robotaholic's Avatar Comment 8 by robotaholic

Sure am glad it wasn't 5 kilometers across!

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:56:00 UTC | #275446

Mike187's Avatar Comment 9 by Mike187

Looks to me like it airburst a couple thousand feet still up in the air.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 13:37:00 UTC | #275467

Don_Quix's Avatar Comment 10 by Don_Quix

Sure am glad it wasn't 5 kilometers across!

Sooner or later (probably sooner)...

:o

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 13:49:00 UTC | #275473

Evilcor's Avatar Comment 11 by Evilcor

Now the fireball is entitled to free healthcare. I'm jealous :(

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 13:54:00 UTC | #275474

Agrajag's Avatar Comment 12 by Agrajag

I saw one of these in the summer of 1968, when I was working on the railroad in Pennsylvania. It was during daylight, and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.
Ste5e

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:07:00 UTC | #275478

DamnDirtyApe's Avatar Comment 13 by DamnDirtyApe

Goodness gracious -fill in the blank-

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:18:00 UTC | #275480

lozzer's Avatar Comment 14 by lozzer

It's just our heavenly father making ploppies.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:25:00 UTC | #275482

gazzaofbath's Avatar Comment 15 by gazzaofbath

Have I got a selective memory or do you Canadians seem to get more than your fair share of celestial debris (fireballs, crashed satellites, etc)?

Maybe there is a god, he's american and he's got it in for you??

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:27:00 UTC | #275483

Border Collie's Avatar Comment 16 by Border Collie

I guess toy dinosaurs will become extinct now ...

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:43:00 UTC | #275485

Titania's Avatar Comment 17 by Titania

16. Comment #289329 by Border Collie

ROTFL

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:52:00 UTC | #275489

Crazycharlie's Avatar Comment 18 by Crazycharlie

IT'S A SIGN FROM GOD THAT WE ARE SINFULL!!!! Cancel the separation of church and state,burn all atheists,homosexuals,feminists,intellectuals,freethinkers,everyone who works in Hollywood,everyone who lives in New York city,& the purple teletubby, at the stake!!We'll vote for Sarah Palin in 2012. Oh hell we won't vote for her, we'll just make her the Pope of the The United States of Jesus!!

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 14:54:00 UTC | #275490

Diacanu's Avatar Comment 19 by Diacanu

Edminton Alberta!!?

Hope it didn't hit SharonMcT!

Or, if it did, it gave her superpowers instead of squashing her.

*Prays to Joe Pesci*

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 15:03:00 UTC | #275492

scottishgeologist's Avatar Comment 20 by scottishgeologist

Heres a video of a near miss - an atmosphere grazing meteor that didnt actually hit the deck:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch'v=7M8LQ7_hWtE

That was the famous Grand Teton meteor of 1972

Had that one hit the ground and exploded it would have been spectacular and possibly catastrophic. Some commentators have pointed out that it would have been like a nuke.

And right in the middle of the Cold War......

Loads of debate and stuff on this sort of thing here, on the badastronomy and Universe Today forum:

http://www.bautforum.com/questions-answers/68770-tetons-meteor.html

Interesting stuff!!

:-))
SG

EDIT: Aaargh. Got apostrophe-itis.... that Youtube URL doesnt work. Just got to youtube.com and search for Grand Teton Meteor - that'll do it!

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 15:05:00 UTC | #275493

pchilds80's Avatar Comment 21 by pchilds80

Question: What happens to the constituent elements when a meteor burns up? Do they just become dispersed?

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 15:40:00 UTC | #275506

brianjames's Avatar Comment 22 by brianjames

"Warning"

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:01:00 UTC | #275519

Don_Quix's Avatar Comment 23 by Don_Quix

Question: What happens to the constituent elements when a meteor burns up? Do they just become dispersed?
I'm no expert, but I would guess that the lighter elements vaporize and either become part of our atmosphere, slowly settle to the ground in the form of carbon, or drift back into space. If it was made of heavier elements (like iron) and was large enough to survive the trip through the atmosphere, part of it may have impacted the ground out in the middle of nowhere. I'm sure it probably depends on what the rock is made of.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:13:00 UTC | #275527

Auld's Avatar Comment 24 by Auld

Theory: A Russian spy satellite came too close for comfort and was shot down by an American missile.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:21:00 UTC | #275531

masubi's Avatar Comment 25 by masubi

A shot across the bow...

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:29:00 UTC | #275534

A's Avatar Comment 26 by A

If homosexuals continue to be attracted to same sex mates we can expect more of this kind of thing.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:37:00 UTC | #275537

kaiserkriss's Avatar Comment 27 by kaiserkriss

A Re post 26, Please elaborate,or are you just joking?? jcw

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:40:00 UTC | #275540

Titania's Avatar Comment 28 by Titania

19. Comment #289336 by Diacanu

By now Sharon has completed her transformation into McThunderwoman.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:47:00 UTC | #275544

Don_Quix's Avatar Comment 29 by Don_Quix

kaiserkriss:

I'm pretty sure A was being sarcastic...sort of like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHFr6DgrF0w

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:55:00 UTC | #275546

Crazycharlie's Avatar Comment 30 by Crazycharlie

You know folks , a dinosaur killer size meteor could hit the Earth at anytime witch would be devastating to humanity of course but, I'd bet we'll get hit next by one a little bigger than this one. Remember Meteor Crater in Arizona was carved out by one the size of a house & if one that size or the size of say, a car hit in even a sparsly populated area, it would cause major loss of life. PS. May Joe bless everyone this holiday season.

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:12:00 UTC | #275555