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Meteor Strike In Russia blog! Excellent information. METEOR UPDATES LIVE

From the Russian Academy of Sciences (article in RU):

“The object was “a few meters” across, but weighed around 10 tons and had a total energy of “a few kilotons.” It entered the atmosphere at a speed of 15-20 km/second and broke up an altitude of 30-50 kilometers.”

Kilotons! Holy crap batman!

Via @sgtgary in twitter, the Russian Meteor appears to visible on Met-7 satellite imagery.

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Grab your tinfoil – meteor conspiracy!

“Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the head of the Russian Liberal-Democratic Party, said that no meteor fell in the Urals on Friday the US “tested a new weapon” over the region, he claimed.”

USA weapons test?

Best photo of the meteor comes from
@alastormspotter

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Stay safe friends.

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Sunspot-space station conjunction

The Space Station was caught on film in orbit over sunspot 1057! 

Yesterday in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, astrophotographer John Stetson and his son Peter observed a very rare event–a sunspot-space station conjunction. 

“We knew when to look thanks to a prediction from CalSky,” says Stetson. “The International Space Station transited the solar disk in only 0.62 seconds. We managed to catch the station’s silhouette just as it was passing sunspot 1057.” Stetson has been photographing solar transits for years; he ranks this one as “the best yet.”  As far as we know, this is the first time the ISS has been observed in conjunction with a big sunspot. via http://spaceweather.com/.

If you are so inclined to track the ISS yourself you will have to go to http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/index.html.-  NASA no longer tracks it.

Heaven’s Above http://www.heavens-above.com/ does not appear to be so private.  It is hosted by Space Operations and Astronaut Training
DLR Space Operations, the central institution for spaceflight operations in Germany. http://www.dlr.de/rb/en/

The Expedition 23 crew members aboard the International Space Station were busy Thursday with an emergency Soyuz descent training drill and preparations for the arrival of space shuttle Discovery and the STS-131 crew…. Discovery and the STS-131 crew are targeted to launch to the station on April 5, bringing a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the station’s laboratories.  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html 

The really cool thing would have been if the ISS snapped a picture up close of the solar spot. Even better, zoomed in on the coordinates and location of the photographers on earth and taken their picture, taking their picture!

Can they do that?  Terra Server http://www.terraserver.com/ and Google Earth http://earth.google.com/ are pretty good at it and so are governments.

The code named Kennan “Keyhole-class” (KH) reconnaissance satellites have been orbiting the Earth for more than 30 years. They are typically used to take overhead photos for military missions. The big question for a lot of people is: “What can they see?”

A KH-12 is a $1 billion satellite that resembles the Hubble Space Telescope, except it is looking at our planet. For security reasons, there are no published orbit schedules for the imagery spacecraft. They are supplemented by the 15-ton Lacrosse-class radar-imaging satellites…They have an imaging resolution of 5-6 inches, which means they can see something 5 inches or larger on the ground. These satellites probably can’t read your house number, but they can tell whether there is a bike parked in your driveway. http://science.howstuffworks.com/question529.htm

 

Sunspot 1057 is big but quiet. It does not have the type of twisted magnetic field that harbors energy for strong solar flares. Credit: SOHO/MDI

Current Sunspot Cycle Activity and Space Weather: http://prop.hfradio.org/

Sun Spots: 25 as of 03/25/2010 :: Flux: 88
X-ray Solar Flares:
6h hi [B3.0][0214Z 03/26] 24h hi [B7.3][0351Z 03/25] 

Planetary A-index (Ap): 5 | Planetary K-index (Kp): 2 (12 nT)
Solar Wind: 377 km/s at 5.0 protons/cm3, Bz is 3.0 nT
(Mar 26, 2010 at 1604 UT)

Translation- all is calm for now as no space weather storms are expected for the next 24 hours.

March 19, 2010 was a different story, at least for Earth.

This photo is a still taken from a NASA Allsky camera video taken of a meteor fireball over western Alabama on March 19, 2010. The meteor was about the size of a soccer ball and completely incinerated before reaching the ground, scientists say.

A bright fireball that lit up the sky above parts of Alabama last week  was caught by NASA cameras as it streaked over the southeastern United States. 

The fireball was caused by the death plunge of a meteor about the size of a soccer ball as it burned up in Earth’s atmosphere on Friday, March 19, at 11:19 p.m. local time while flying over western Alabama. Two NASA cameras, one based at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., recorded a the meteor’s fiery demise as it happened. http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/03/25/nasa-camera-catches-fireball-alabama/

Pretty good photo, eh?  A good explanation too, but what are all those other bright white lights on the right side of the earth?  UFO’s, asteroids, meteors, other satellites…?

The next meteor shower is the Lyrids on April 21. The Moon is just past first quarter, so it sets around 3 or 4 a.m., providing several hours of meteor watching before dawn. http://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors/

Keep looking up.

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An unusual space body with parameters similar to a man-made object will approach Earth on Wednesday at a distance about three times less than the moon’s orbit.  The object, named 2010 AL30, will fly by Earth at a distance of at least 128,000 km (about 80,000 miles) at 12:48 GMT.  As it is some 10-15 meters long, there is no chance it will directly impact the planet.  According to Italian scientists Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero of the Remanzacco Observatory, it has an orbital period of almost exactly one year and might be a man-made object such as a spent rocket booster. via http://en.rian.ru/science/20100112/157518728.html

Alan Harris, senior researcher at the U.S. Space Science Institute provided this explanation in an email via a Yahoo Group at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/mpml/message/22765 :

Original Message —–
From: “Alan Harris” <awharris@…>
To: <rmiles.btee@…>; <mpml@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 2:29 PM
Subject: Re: {MPML} 2010 AL30: Bright (14th mag) newly-discovered close
approaching object

> At 09:08 AM 1/11/2010, rmiles.btee@… wrote:
>>RE. M.P.E.C. 2010-A59 Issued 2010 Jan. 11, 15:43 UT
>>
>>The object is about H=27.0 and strangely has an orbital period of 1.00 yr
>>(Is it man-made I wonder). If it is a natural object then it may be about
>>10 meters across.
>
> Unlikely to be artificial, it’s orbit doesn’t resemble any useful
> spacecraft trajectory, and its encounter velocity with the Earth is not
> unusually low, around 9.5 km/sec “v_infinity”. Perfectly ordinary
> Earth-crossing orbit.
>
> But do go have a look at it, should be a super-fast rotator, P < 2 h, maybe
> a lot under.
> Alan
 *******************************************************************
> Alan W. Harris
> Senior Research Scientist
> Space Science Institute
> 4603 Orange Knoll Ave. Phone: 818-790-8291
> La Canada, CA 91011-3364 email: awharris@…

What the hell is an unusual space body? 

When a scientist “wonders” if it is man, made so do we!  A piece of space junk, a hunk a hunk of burning asteroid, possibly an alien spacecraft on exactly a one year mission to circle the earth?  Dunno.  Having a 14th magnitude, means this object is bright and will be visible to us mere mortals.   (http://homepage.mac.com/andjames/Page007.htm to learn more on color and brightness in astronomy)

Do things just appear out of no where?  As Space Weather confirms, yes! 

“Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.  On January 12, 2010 there were 1092 potentially hazardous asteroids.”  http://spaceweather.com/

Author Ralph Ellis draws an incredible link between astronomy, the zodiac and theology at http://www.world-mysteries.com/gw_rellis7.htm  .  His homepage where you can purchase his books is at http://www.edfu-books.com/

With its constant reference to bulls, sheep and fish, the Bible portrays definite echoes of an ancient astrological religion, a story of the constellations onto which the history of the patriarchal family has been grafted. In Gilgamesh, we find a similar epic tale of a battle with bulls and sheep, one that can just possibly be interpreted as a clash of the stellar constellations, a battle between Aries and Taurus.

View from Vanavara trading post, at the moment of the explosion.

Painting © William K. Hartmann

Could the appearance of 2010 AL30 be a forewarning of an astronomical forbearance?  Are major changes about to happen?  Is this a hint of the end as 2012 doomsday theorists project as indicated by the end of the Mayan calendar?  What if by some mere chance this 14th magnitude object, packing enough power to circle the globe should happen to divert to NYC or another populated city?

On June 30, 1908 in Siberia, there was an unexplained explosion that has come to be known as the The Tunguska meteor.  

Recent scientific studies by meteorite researcher Christopher Chyba have estimated that the Tunguska event may have been caused by the explosion of a stony meteroid about 30 meters in diameter traveling at about 15 km/s. Compare the energy released by such an object with that of an atomic bomb sucs as those dropped on Japan in World War II….Thus, our estimate is that the Tunguska had an explosive energy roughly on order of 60 A-bombs, or 500 KT of TNT. It was closer in effect to a very large H-bomb. http://www.psi.edu/projects/siberia/siberia.html

2010 AL30 is estimated at 10 -12 meters giving any impact only one third of the power of what happened in Tunguska.  Only one third, around 20 Atom Bombs.  Holy shit, batman.

Maybe the events at Tunguska weren’t a meteor but a UFO, as one scientist believes….

A Russian scientist claims that a UFO deliberately crashed itself into Tunguska meteor to save Earth from destruction 100 years ago. “Dr Yuri Labvin, president of the Tunguska Spatial Phenomenon Foundation, insists that an alien spacecraft sacrificed itself to prevent the gigantic meteor from crashing into the Earth…We also found ferrum silicate that cannot be produced anywhere, except in space.”   http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/ufo-crashed-into-a-meteor-to-save-earth-says-russian-expert_100197820.html#ixzz0cPMeT4xY

Whatever 2010 AL30  is, it will make its closest approach on Jan. 13th, 2010 when it will streak through Orion, Taurus, and Pisces glowing like a 14th magnitude star!  http://www.ehow.com/how_2136263_zodiac-sky.html has hints on how to find constellations. 

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