Celestial June 22 2019 - Nuke Sensors Detect Asteroid Explosion


Yikes ! Something like this could start WW III !

Nuke Sensors Detect Asteroid Explosion
June 25, 2019: On June 22nd at 21:25 UT, a small asteroid entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded in broad daylight south of Puerto Rico. Airwaves recorded by the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization’s infrasound station in Bermuda pegged the blast energy between 3 and 5 kilotons of TNT–a fraction of a WW II atomic bomb. The explosion was clearly visible in images from NOAA’s GOES-16 weather satellite:

Meteor expert Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario says the infrasound signal is consistent with a “small multi-meter sized near-Earth asteroid.” According to data compiled by NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, asteroids of this size and energy hit Earth’s atmosphere about once a year. That means it’s rare–but not exceptionally so.

The asteroid fragmented as it ripped through the atmosphere. This infrared image from the GOES-16 satellite shows the space rock splitting into at least 3 pieces:

Many more fragments undoubtedly sprayed from the explosion, but the resulting meteorites are now at the bottom of the Caribbean or (in the case of dust-sized debris) floating on the sea surface. Samples would be very difficult to recover.

Earth is currently approaching the Taurid Swarm–a stream of rocky debris associated with the Tunguska Impact of 1908. Astronomers are eager for the close encounter, which begins in late June, so they can peer inside the swarm in search of dangerous asteroids. This fireball, however, is not a Taurid.

“Based on a preliminary orbit for the fireball, it does not appear to be part of the Taurid swarm,” says Paul Weigert of the University of Western Ontario. “Its orbit is typical of near-Earth asteroids which have escaped from the asteroid belt.”
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Has No Life - Lives on TB
This isn't even remotely unprecedented. For many years the astronomy community used the US nuke detection satellite system to find these very things. Then very abruptly the system was closed with no explanation that I heard about. Now it sounds like the system is open again, which I count as a win for astronomy and science.


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Also that it wasn't discovered by Karl!

Karl: I want to name her Dottie after my wife, she's a vicious life sucking bitch from which there is no escape. (Armageddon)


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I don't remember that from Armageddon. I'll have to watch it again, soon.
It's a very small part of the movie. Karl screams at his wife to get the number to call in his comet sighting, then later talks to Billy Bob Thornton where I remember it going something more like:

Karl: The person who discovers it gets to name it, right?

Billy Bob: Yes.

Karl: I'd like to name it after my wife.

Billy Bob (not really interested but being polite): That's nice, Karl.

Karl: She's a vicious life sucking bitch from which there is no escape.

(On to the next scene.)

Then there's the kid Leo Biederman (from "Deep Impact"). That one wasn't a Hail Mary save-the-planet-from-impact.


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I don't remember that from Armageddon. I'll have to watch it again, soon.
I do! That was around the time I adopted Dottie my fur daughter and she did not fit that description at all. She was a sweet girl. We watched that movie many times.