Car belonging to Field Notes proprietor's sister hit by space junk

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29 Responses to “Car belonging to Field Notes proprietor's sister hit by space junk”

  1. Moon says:

    Are you sure this isn’t like that insurance commercial?

    “A meteor hit the car, dear”

    “A METEOR???”

    “Yes, a meteor!”

  2. trikitixa says:

    Weird considering a real meteorite hit just a few hundred miles away:
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/354330_meteorite10.html?source=rss

  3. Tgg161 says:

    From this angle, it looks like a piece of George Ohr pottery.

  4. Neuron says:

    Meteors are very cold. If they had found this thing when it first struck, and touched it, they would know whether it came from space.

  5. zikzak says:

    i never touched her
    she never saw it
    when she was hit by space junk!
    she was smashed by space junk!

  6. joeyjoseph says:

    You’re all missing the far broader implications of this. This is predicting the future of interplanetary playground warfare. Whereby we throw rocks at each other’s planets. Millions and millions of dollars go into developing enormous slingshots. Millions of calculations and years of research into the proper weights, trajectories, gravitational forces, etc. All to wage playground warfare with strange alien species. And they’re winning.

  7. Naikrovek says:

    As a former airman who blew up munitions that had remained in one piece past their rated shelf life, I can say that this looks very much like shrapnel from a general purpose bomb.

    it’s dirty, it looks like metal, and it is twisted beyond recognition. there’s no scale in the photo, but going by the wood grain I’d say it’s at least 4 inches across. I don’t think that this is actually part of the bomb casing itself, but rather part of the guide fin assembly that is tacked on the tail end of the bomb to coax it to is destination.

    If there is not a military installation within 5 miles, I would hit the library and see if there are any former bombing ranges in the area. California had a few in the WWII era, and an undiscovered, unexploded bomb could definitely produce this projectile.

  8. 4649 says:

    Are interstellar attacks covered by standard insurance policies?

  9. Takuan says:

    oh, Is that where I dropped that?

  10. shannonpatrick17 says:

    What are the chances, how often does this happen?

    I remember seeing this before:
    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap021118.html

    I also found this while looking:
    this car gets hit by a meteor and it keeps on driving wtf
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESlapf9x2n8
    mwaahahaha too funny

  11. george_kaplan says:

    be sure to thank the navy for shooting that satellite out of the sky a coupla weeks ago.

  12. TomPiperson says:

    Not a fragment from some recent ex-satellite?

  13. Patrick Dodds says:

    Did they test it for radioactivity yet?

  14. erindipity says:

    Pranged by space junk? WTF!

  15. David Carroll says:

    #1 If I ran an insurance company I would take that bet. The odds would be.. really big.

    Speaking of big (or small), I can’t get a bead on the size of this thing. Could you ask Aaron that the next time a piece of space junk hits his sister’s car could he include a ruler in the photograph?

  16. Route 6 Cybernetics says:

    I once worked at a sawmill that had a tub grinder for grinding down discarded chunks of logs so they’d fit in the boiler. Every now and again, a steaming chunk of steel would come crashing through the roof of the plant after having been lobbed out of the grinder. The stuff generally looked like that pictured.

  17. Cordwainer Duck says:

    Seems unlikely it’s space junk. It’s dirty! The NSA would at least hose down its spysats before launch. Maybe road-collision debris thrown by a truck? Or an industrial accident (read: explosion) within a mile or two?

  18. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    You are right about the dirt. They probably just ran over a piece of scrap metal.

  19. The Unusual Suspect says:

    Um, that doesn’t look like a meteorite to me.

    It looks more like a piece of deformed steel plate than the usual lump of iron or stony-metal amalgamate.

    There’s no apparent indication of heating during reentry.

    And is that dirt I see in the folds?

    Can some astronomy nerd share their opinion?

  20. ike says:

    Space junk or scrap metal, it might be fun to run some tests to figure out what metal it is – mild steel, an aerospace alloy, or the blends of elements that are found in meteorites, or what? Send it to a bunch of materials science undergraduates with lab facilities (XRF, metallographic microscopy, XRD, etc) and have them identify it as a class project!

  21. noen says:

    The dirt and the fact it looks to me like it is sheet metal makes me think it’s unlikely to be from orbit. All those flat surfaces would have been melted away in short order you’d think.

  22. Takuan says:

    looks like the remnants of a pipe bomb I made as a kid.

  23. Gregory Bloom says:

    It could have acquired that much energy by being picked up in the tread of a semi or wedged between two tires, then flicked free at the radial velocity of the tire. A hunk of steel thrown at 80 mph might easily puncture a quarter-panel, especially if it’s one of those mostly-plastic ones. It could have gained additional velocity if it had an elastic collision with another tire or sufficiently elastic surface traveling opposite it before hitting their quarter-panel.

    I once worked in a building that was about 50 meters from an interstate highway. One morning, one of the developers found his window smashed and a rock the size of a chicken egg embedded in his wall. It was attributed to a semi having flung it.

  24. Takuan says:

    I know of one case where the driver of a car following a dump truck was killed by the cap from a fire hydrant picked off the road by tandem tires and flung.

    Yep, the physics work, but the described entry angle?

  25. wgmleslie says:

    It looks like a piece of lead flashing…

    The amount of folding makes me think that it has to be a rather malleable metal.

    #1 – Satellites crashing down on to your house or other property are usually not covered by standard insurance policies.

  26. swanlakers says:

    uh, dudes, its scrap metal.
    This is whats left of cars etc. after going thrugh one of those hammmer type shredders

  27. Takuan says:

    so how did it travel at speed through the side of a car?

  28. Registrado says:

    Good thing her name was Leah instead of Sally, or else she’d have been hit by space junk, smashed by space junk, and killed by space junk.

  29. sonipitts says:

    The comments thread sounds remarkably like the discussions that went on surrounding a similar “meteor strike” in North Caroline, back in 2005, covered by a news photog friend of mine:

    http://viewfinderblues.blogspot.com/2005_02_01_archive.html

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