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Meteor Fly By
updated: Feb 15, 2013, 11:30 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know if we will be able to see the meteor fly by today?

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 COMMENT 374716 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 11:37 AM

If you live in the southern hemisphere you'll be able to see it right about now.

 

 COMMENT 374719 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 11:40 AM

It's passing over Sumatra, so no not from here. You can watch a live feed from NASA right now.

 

 COMMENT 374720 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 11:41 AM

Asteroid. Also, google "Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy", he has a blog on Slate that has all the requisite times and angles in how to see 2012DA14.

 

 COMMENT 374722P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 11:44 AM

There was a closeup view of a chunk in the Russian Ural mountains.

 

 COMMENT 374724 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 11:45 AM

You probably mean the asteroid.

A meteor ("shooting star") is a quick streak (or longer like the "fireball" yesterday in Russia) through our sky that is viewable as it strikes our upper atmosphere at a high rate of speed and burns up because of friction with the air.

Sometimes the meteor is large enough that it doesn't disintegrate completely and hits the earth as a "meteorite."

The asteroid is a chunk, usually of rock, that has a long orbit around our solar system.

To answer your question - no the asteriod that will be passing by will be both too small and too far away to be seen with the naked eye.

However, we'll probably enjoy stunning views of the "near-miss" courtesy of NASA.

Stay tuned...

 

 COMMENT 374729 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 11:52 AM

I read that another one was reported today in Cuba. It "exploded loudly over the province of Cienfuegos", rattled buildings, but no injuries. Busy day out there...

 

 COMMENT 374732 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 11:56 AM

A ten ton meteor entered earths atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph today and exploded about 18-32 miles above ground over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb, its sonic blast shattered countless windows and injured at least 1100 people. It is not clear whether the meteorite event is in anyway related to 2012 DA14.

 

 COMMENT 374735P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 12:00 PM

Asked and answered a week ago, I think?

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=108491

 

 COMMENT 374737 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 12:02 PM

It is not related at all to 2012 DA14, 732. Different speed, different trajectory, pretty much different everything.

 

 COMMENT 374744 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 12:10 PM

Always count on this site for non-answers.

 

 COMMENT 374753 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 12:36 PM

So the Mayans were off by a couple of months, eh?

 

 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 01:58 PM

-744
Was there too much detail? Short answer = no.

 

 COMMENT 374809 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 03:04 PM

The Mayans didn't say the world would come to an end. It's a change to the Earth and we will see several more changes in the near future.

 

 COMMENT 374814 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 03:15 PM

Everything in the universe, including earth, is constantly changing. It cannot be stopped and it has nothing to do with the Mayans.

 

 COMMENT 374935P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 09:51 PM

Read Thomas Razzeto's work on the "triple re-birth of the sun"...and the astronomy of the Mayan calendar. He is so articulate and intelligent....you will enjoy his essays and learn so much from him-I always do!

 

 COMMENT 374944P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-15 11:53 PM

Razzeto's stuff is pure fantasy. But if you like mythology, have fun.

 

 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 08:32 AM

Meteorite in Russia, astroid here, which I think won't be visible, and I believe will miss us, unlike the situation in Russia.

 

 COMMENT 374998 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 08:52 AM

Actually, the asteroid isn't "here", it's already gone. And that was more of a planetary thing than a US thing since it wasn't actually very visible from the US. The more you know.

 

 COMMENT 375028 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 10:35 AM

Appropriate location in Cuba for a hot meteor fly by. If my rusty Spanish is correct Cienfuegos would roughly translate into 100 fires.

 

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