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    A car-size asteroid just hit Earth's atmosphere in northern Sudan, Africa... people as far as Egypt could watch the fireball. Anyone got a good photo?..it is 11:58 pm CST and I have been searching the news and newspapers as far as Australia and don't show anything yet.
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  • #2
    Your best bet on subjects of this kind is to avoid the useless mainstream media and check out places like the NASA website or spaceweather.com.

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    • #3
      Try here: http://www.space.com/scienceastronom...oid-sudan.html

      I particularly like how they point out that there is no risk to people, yet a 1.8m chunk of red hot rock is going to impact the earth at umptyzillion knots - but aparently that won't hurt...errr... right.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SYDCBRWOD View Post
        Try here: http://www.space.com/scienceastronom...oid-sudan.html

        I particularly like how they point out that there is no risk to people, yet a 1.8m chunk of red hot rock is going to impact the earth at umptyzillion knots - but aparently that won't hurt...errr... right.
        Thanks for the link, but still nobody know what happened to the asteroid..I guess it bounced back to the space..!!
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        • #5
          Anyway, why is this in military ?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by HalcyonDays View Post
            Anyway, why is this in military ?
            military and SPACE forum
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            • #7
              Originally posted by AVION1 View Post
              military and SPACE forum
              OK, fair enough, though I don't think of "Space" that way. No big deal.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SYDCBRWOD View Post

                I particularly like how they point out that there is no risk to people, yet a 1.8m chunk of red hot rock is going to impact the earth at umptyzillion knots - but aparently that won't hurt...errr... right.
                Would end the Sudanese Genocide in Darfur...


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AVION1 View Post
                  Thanks for the link, but still nobody know what happened to the asteroid..I guess it bounced back to the space..!!
                  It probably just burned up altogether. We had one here a year or two ago; I was right in the middle of an exam and this bang just echoed over the city, don't think any rock ever came to ground, at least not that anyone saw/could find.

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                  • #10
                    At least we can detect and probably destroy a large asteroid, years before the final impact !!
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                    • #11
                      From SpaceWeather.com

                      ASTEROID IMPACT: (Updated Oct. 8th) On Oct. 7th, asteroid 2008 TC3 hit Earth and exploded in the atmosphere over northern Sudan. An infrasound array in Kenya recorded the impact: map. 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. The explosion was imaged by the weather satellite Meteosat 8:

                      Image credit: Zdenek Charvat, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute
                      "The explosion was visible in all 12 of the satellite's spectral channels, covering wavelengths from 0.5 to 14 microns," says Jiri Borovicka
                      of the Czech Academy of Sciences, who is analyzing the data. "The satellite takes pictures every five minutes; the fireball appeared at 0245 UTC and had faded away by 0250 UTC."
                      So far, no ground pictures of the fireball have been submitted; the impact occurred in a remote area with few and possibly no onlookers capable of recording the event. The only report of a visual sighting comes from Jacob Kuiper, General Aviation meteorologist at the National Weather Service in the Netherlands:
                      "Half an hour before the predicted impact of asteroid 2008 TC3, I informed an official of Air-France-KLM at Amsterdam airport about the possibility that crews of their airliners in the vicinity of impact would have a chance to see a fireball. And it was a success! I have received confirmation that a KLM airliner, roughly 750 nautical miles southwest of the predicted atmospheric impact position, has observed a short flash just before the expected impact time 0246 UTC. Because of the distance it was not a very large phenomenon, but still a confirmation that some bright meteor has been seen in the predicted direction. Projected on an infrared satellite image from Meteosat 7, I have indicated the position of the plane (+) and the predicted impact area in Sudan (0)."
                      2008 TC3 was discovered on Oct. 6th by astronomers using the Mt. Lemmon telescope in Arizona as part of the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey for near-Earth objects. Asteroids the size of 2008 TC3 hit Earth 5 to 10 times a year, but this is the first time one has been discovered before it hit.

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                      • #12
                        More here : http://www.planetary.org/blog/

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                        • #13
                          Probably it exploded upon entry the atmosphere, just like the "Tagish Lake Meteorite" in Canada...this one was another small asteroid, 4 meters long and with an estimated weight of 56 ton. It exploded and a rain of debris landed in a frozen lake. Here is a link:
                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagish_Lake_meteorite
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