Live feed of asteroid near miss

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Should be here with the closest approach at 7:25.

Tis a record breaking approach by an asteroid (that has been measured!) I almost (not being very awake) put hit in the title rather than near miss. Oops! It is coming within 28000 km well within the geostationary satellite belt.

So are we going to have a live mn watch? Apparently you can also see it with good binoculars as it approaches.

And just to whet your appetite, it appears that there was an unrelated meteor/meteorite shower last night with spectacular results, breaking windows and shaking buildings as the meteor exploded over Siberia. There is footage here

7.25 am gmt?

2 minutes to go. Could it divert and get DS1 out of bed?

PseudoBadger Fri 15-Feb-13 07:25:46

Are we all still here? <looks around>

PseudoBadger Fri 15-Feb-13 07:28:44

It's tonight isn't it?

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 07:30:25

Yes it's 7.25 pm ~ tonight!

Got distracted by footage of that meteor shower on you tube.

Did anyone see the live feed? Will it be on youtube later do you think?

Ah pm!

Good. Havent missed it!

Oops, forgot to type pm! I really am struggling to wake up this morning grin sorry!

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 07:34:59

Reports about the meteor shower on the Guardian website here. (Check out the 2nd video with the sound! shock)

What with Pistorius sad , the Pope, with the lightning strike on the vatican, the horse meat stuff, North Korea exploding a nuclear thingy, the new coronavirus being found to be transmissible from person to person and now the exploding meteor and tonight's earth graze, it's been quite an interesting sort of week hasn't it!

Bloody hell Gloria shock

Dd reckons its the discovery of the new Mersenne prime causing all this confused

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 07:44:41

With all this weeks events, I've come to the conclusion......we're doomed!
<puts on tin foil hat and hides under the table>

Shuffle up Gloria, I'm coming under too. I've got supplies <eyes rather dubious tinned meatballs>

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 07:59:34

<Makes room. Grabs leftovers from fridge and many bottles of homemade wine teabags.>

Our Internet just went down shock

I can grab dhs barrel of home brew. We will be ok!!!

I guess I ought to go off to work. See you all this evening-hopefully..........

Wallace Fri 15-Feb-13 08:11:30

Thanks smile

headlesslambrini Fri 15-Feb-13 08:22:47

amazing pictures.

<goes to panic buy> I'm getting a little low on loo rolls. grin

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 11:48:25

Ahhhhhhh, forgot loo rolls! Leftovers, meatballs, wine and beer ~ nothing else needed!

More video on the BBC website.

shock just got home, at least 950 people injured by the meteorite.

crater left by meteorite

This comes so low down on bbc 24 and I don't know why, it's huge! Probably the most damaging meteorite in living history. They seem to have missed entirely putting any footage of the crater on.

Yeah, the videos on you tube are crazy. Windows smashing everywhere.

Its a pretty amazing thing to happen in terms of space etc. But all those people injured and all the damage it caused is really terrible.

Scrap that, it's not the crater! Naughty people.

Anyway back to this evenings excitement. If you want to watch it with your own eyes. charts to help you find it.

Massively easier map here it should be at its brightest for us at around 19:50 when it is just to the left of Leo. You'll still need binoculars for it.

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 16:37:03

Oooo the NASA live feed is working!

Timeforabiscuit Fri 15-Feb-13 16:38:37

Sorry Kitten - so if I look at the region of sky where the Chameleon constellation is that's sort of the right region?

Clear skies for many this evening, especially away from western and south eastern coasts. Some fog in the west sadly.

Cornycabernet Fri 15-Feb-13 16:38:55

which direction so we look in?

Look at Leo's bottom at around 8pm smile

Cornycabernet Fri 15-Feb-13 16:41:02

but how do I find Leo's bottom confused I'm rubbish at this

Timeforabiscuit Fri 15-Feb-13 16:42:44

Is anyone else having a Red Dwarf flashback where Lister is playing pool with planets...

Timeforabiscuit Fri 15-Feb-13 16:44:46

Ahh bum - the best view is out of the kids bedroom window sad

glitch Fri 15-Feb-13 16:45:04

Cornycabernet, Google Sky Maps (an app you can download onto your phone) is great for finding where stars and constellations are in the sky.

What's going on with the live stream, looks like a meteor shower or something! confused

Timeforabiscuit Fri 15-Feb-13 16:47:47

I've got starwalk for iPhone - It has mood music but doesn't show the asteroid.

Oh no, working again I think it just mirrorred the image lots of times.

I'm pretty sure it's going to be almost due east close to the horizon. By 9pm it will be closeish to Ursa major (the Big Dipper)

Best two links I can come up with (without an app) are big map

asteroid map

Cornycabernet Fri 15-Feb-13 16:52:04

thanks glitch and bad kitten
just remembered ds has a telescope in the attic - we can use that!

oldsilver Fri 15-Feb-13 16:58:54

I'm in! DP has just casually mentioned he may go out for a drive this evening at DS bedtime - he also might possible be loading his telescope into the car envy

GuffSmuggler Fri 15-Feb-13 17:08:34

Sorry to sound dumb, but I can't work out the charts - which general direction in the sky should I be looking NSE or W?

Guff, east, close to the horizon at about 8pm, but you'll need binoculars.

Oldsilver, that's mean, can you all not go out? Tis a special occasion!

oldsilver Fri 15-Feb-13 17:39:23

grin funny you should say that ... I've just suggested we go out for a family star gazery session and I am getting out the long johns as I type!!

So given what happened in Russia, how can we be sure that this " near miss" will actually be a miss?

GuffSmuggler Fri 15-Feb-13 17:50:36

Thanks ohyou I'll hunt for some binoculars!

Curlyhaired, the one in Russia hadn't been spotted, it was small and came unexpectedly. This one is much larger and they've been tracking it since it was discovered since last February, so they really do have a handle on its trajectory.

So it's not the end of the world then? phew

Well, even if it did land it would probably only take out a city grin

But....but.... If they didn't spot this "little" Russian one, its still surely too much of a coincidence that this larger one is coming straight after it? Makes me worried that there will be other unseen smaller ones hidden by the bigger one or something! An evil family of earth-destroying meteorites!

[hides under bed with tins of beans]

It is a rather remarkable coincidence isn't it grin

Fortunately it would be impossible for smaller ones to hide behind this big one, partly because its not been coming straight at us like a bullseye, the orbit is curved, but also smaller asteroids would be affected by gravity less and so would have a different orbit.

MarshaBrady Fri 15-Feb-13 18:15:03

Blimey at that crater.

Hmmm....... I don't think your explanations are going to help. I finished reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road the other night. It was the wrong book to read 2 days before a meteorite hits Russia and now this talk of a near miss.


[pours third glass of wine]

Loughrigg Fri 15-Feb-13 18:27:36

Wow! Amazing stuff!

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 19:26:09

Binoculars at the ready?

Marshall, sadly (or maybe not sadly) the crater is not from the meteorite, goodness knows what it was doing on a Russian news program!

Not long to go now Curly!

Binoculars ready (mind you, I almost certainly won't be able to see it as I've got such crap eyes, but I can point dd and dh in approx the right direction.

glitch Fri 15-Feb-13 19:32:19

It is too cloudy to see anything here. Bit gutted.sad

MarshaBrady Fri 15-Feb-13 19:33:27

Wasn't it! What made the crater?

I told ds it was the meterorite grin.

Well, still here but can't figure out whether its worth trying to look for a tiny pale streak in a huge sky or if I'll be there all night.

If someone spots it, can you update?

greenhill Fri 15-Feb-13 19:34:42

I've been watching this on NASA TV with the DC.

MarshaBrady Fri 15-Feb-13 19:36:18

Oh and I see it's about to happen not a past hit.

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 19:36:37

We found the right area of sky and DH and DDs went to have a look but it's too cloudy sad

Well, we all made it grin

Marshall, there's been two, the sneaky one in Russia and the near miss tonight. That crater though was a gas crater !

Should be easiest to see in about 10 mins. If you've not spotted it by 9pm, then unless you have a very very good telescope you may as well give up.

Ok, going to go and have a look smile

GloriaSnow Fri 15-Feb-13 19:45:18

Yes, all safe.
<puts leftovers back in fridge, takes off tin foil hat and puts it out for recycling>

Bastard sky sad

Marshall the crater linked to up thread isn't actually a crater, It's a natural gas field in Turkmenistan that's been burning for over 40 years.

It's called The door to hell

Cross posts with OYBBK smile

MarshaBrady Fri 15-Feb-13 19:49:22

Thanks. I feel like I've had a gender swap you're all calling me Marshall grin

Sorry Marshablush All the meteor excitement getting to megrin

Oops, sorry marsha! My iPad is being verrrry naughty!

MarshaBrady Fri 15-Feb-13 19:55:07

Haha that's ok. Could've been surreal post asteroid effect!

That's true, it could have been a wobble in the magnetic flow <nods knowingly>

Not flow. Flux, you stupid machine.

MarshaBrady Fri 15-Feb-13 20:05:10

Everyone's names slightly different.

Reminds me of Twilight Zone when guy had to relearn language and dog was Wednesday. Great episode.

AnAirOfHope Fri 15-Feb-13 20:44:41

I have recurring nightmears about a big metor rain. The news today had me in bed at 7pm same as the kids because I wanted to just sleep thru it.

Glad its over until next time blush

oldsilver Fri 15-Feb-13 21:55:19

We are back - we went to the Mendips, no light pollution there. And, a big nothing - there was some cloud on the horizon just about where it ought to be and then a little later some mist came wafting across. DP decided not to take his telescope in the end and had just the binoculars. We did see the Milky Way though - haven't see that for a while, being in a city smile

We tried though and had a Olds Family Adventure. DP and DS did see a full moon though ... as I had a wee behind a tree grin

Awwwwww oldsilver, good try!

A few figures from yesterday's Russion meteorite hit.

NASA estimate that the object before it entered the atmosphere had a diameter of 17m and a mass of around 7000-10000 tons It was in the atmosphere for 32.5 seconds and released 500 kilotons of energy.

Russia say that more than 9000 workers are involved in the clean up. More than 1200 people were injured, mostly from flying glass.

I guess it's not surprising so many were injured by glass as there would have been time for everyone to rush to the window to look up at the huge trail it created before it exploded.

A truly remarkable event.

And I just remembered that there's a new science and nature topic I should have put this in!

AnAirOfHope Sat 16-Feb-13 14:41:48

<puts tinhat away for next time>

I think I read somewhere that NASA only look for really big meteors and that there are thousands of smaller ones that come to Earth that are not watched for.

I had no idea that it could explode and brake glass. puts plastic sheets on all windows

Shakes pompoms for science and nature topic thats cool.

AnAirOfHope Sat 16-Feb-13 14:50:27

The meteor that killed the dinos was 10km and had 100 million megatons of energy when it hit.

I've asked mn to move the thread, I hope they do!

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Tue 19-Feb-13 07:09:58

They did, hurrah! Thanks OYBBK. It's amazing how many people were hurt in Russia.

greenhill Tue 19-Feb-13 08:28:11

And did anyone see Jupiter clearly last night?

It was cloudy here.

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