Five said hurt as meteorite crashes

By acidosmosis ยท 7 replies
Sep 28, 2003
  1. That is pretty scary and cool at the same time. I am sure we all know that one day a "global killer" will strike earth. Hopefully I am here when it does :-D
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I just read something about this a few minutes ago. That is absolutely crazy. I think it would be incredible to see one of those crashing across the sky.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Just about anything dropping at 100,000mph is bound to cause some damage. :)

    I wonder what the statistical chances for being hit by a meteorite are... Better than lightning?
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Would make life a bit more interesting if these type of things happened more often. heh.
  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Meteorites falling to Earth are supposed to be a good omen. The black stone held sacred by Moslems is thought to be from a meteorite. :=).
  6. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,350

    You can also imagine that the particle that hit was pretty small. Probably about 1/100th of an inch to an inch? That is just my guess though. Imagine if it had been a foot wide, that would have caused a LOT of damage and put a pretty big crater in the earth. It probably started out a lot larger but by time it hit I guess it was within the size I just mentioned. My guess would be if it was the size of a baseball the crater would be around 15 feet wide. Just a guess though.
  7. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    They start out a LOT bigger. When they come through the atmosphere, they start to burn up due to friction. Most are too small, and competely burn up as they enter the atmosphere. This one was big enough to last.. I wonder how big it actually was when it got past our atmosphere :cool:
  8. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,350

    I would imagine as soon as it hits the atmosphere it breaks up. I know they do break up as they pass through the atmosphere, but you would think hitting the atmosphere would be almost like hitting a brick wall, mainly due to coming from space where there is no real friction such as air then colliding with the air and pressure in our atmosphere at super high speeds would have an astounding effect on a object like this.
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