David Pescovitz at 10:46 am Fri, Feb 15, 2013
Over at The Daily Grail, Greg posted several of the best videos documenting today's meteor explosion over Russia's central Ural Mountains that injured hundreds.
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if it weren’t for all those dash-mounted cameras in Russia, it would be much less of a story.
No, it’d still be a story. Events like this are rare enough that everyone would be chattering about it. Obviously it’s easier to gawk when there’s dozens of angles to choose from, but that’s really just icing on the cake.
To be fair, scientists are probably in the process of creaming themselves because of those dash cams. They provide an unprecedented quantity of data to study, and I’m sure they’re going to spend years analyzing it.
No, you disagreed with Gus, then restated what he said as though he’d never said it.
Spider rain, NK nuke testing, rogue cop lynching on live television, meteorite, etc. It’s been a hell of a week.
rogue cop lynching? wait, what?
It was reported by USA Today that Dorner attempted to flee out of the back of the cabin, but was pushed back inside by authorities later demanding surrender.
It appears that fragments have hit the ground and caused damage to buildings? Or maybe the massive shockwave itself did this?
seems like a clean cut and everything around it is sort of OK. If it was knocked down by shockwave it would have been a lot more damage and in a wider circular area.
Yeah, I do have to wonder, because now reports are coming in of fragments hitting the ground. In this case below, a lake.
the damn thing exploded mid air, so there may be a hundred fragments of this thing.
That damn thing!
It was not any sort of alien craft. I repeat, it was not any sort of alien craft.
Why is the BBC and half of the other outlets calling this a ‘meteor shower’? It is a meteor, not a bunch of them. I’ve been trying to figure that one out since I saw the BBC’s tweets about it this morning.
Why is the BBC and half of the other outlets calling this a ‘meteor shower’?
Does Maggie have to do another post about the lack of science literacy in journalism? The BBC just had a breathless article the other day about lightning striking St. Peter’s after the Pope resigned.
I’m more impressed with how casual everyone seems about it. They barely slow down, in America that would have caused grid lock for 20 miles in all directions just from the rubbernecking…
I know and none of the people in the cars where screaming. I know Russians have a reputation for being stoic in the face of terror, but seriously, that was some Armageddon stuff happening right there. I would have been screaming my fool head off and careening into parked cars and pedestrians the moment that thing appeared at the top of my windshield.
I don’t know. First of all, it’s over pretty quickly. Second, what are you going to do about it? It’s like driving past a burning building or a car accident on the way to work. Assuming the fire trucks are there, there’s nothing to do but put it out of your mind and keep driving (even if the first thing you do at work is look it up on the net).
Yeah but I’ve seen car accident and fires before, I know those things usually get taken care of by the proper authorities. I have never in my life witness what happened in the sky there. If that was happening in real time right before my eyes while I was driving, I’m telling you hand-to-god there would be screaming and at least $50K in property damage.
Yes, thank you. My instincts would have been to brake the car, gawp, scream, curl into a ball, cover my head, and have my life flash before my eyes.
They must now be vigilant against unhealthy growths and colors outside the known spectrum!
Also, meteor shit.
Wow, Marty’s definitely putting some miles on the Delorean’s hover circuits…
Once again Russia survives another apocalyptic scenario.
Why do some of these video clips have the wrong date – at one point 2012-12-31 appears which isn’t even the correct year.
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