ASTROPHYSICS & SUCH: Things that Go Boom in the Night, 2018


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 03 August 2018

ASTROPHYSICS & SUCH...

Things that Go Boom in the Night: Dept of Big Rocks

Meteor Explosion Over U.S. Military Base: Fireball Packing 2.1 Kilotons Of Force Detonates Near Base Thule,
Inquisitr, August 3, 2018.

WHAT
“Perplexing media reports state that a mysterious meteor has penetrated Earth’s atmosphere on July 25, exploding over a U.S. military base stationed in Greenland.”

“…managed to slip past the early-warning radar at Thule Air Force Base and remained unnoticed until it disintegrated some 43 kilometers (26 miles) above the base...”

“...the detonation unleashed an energy of about 8.8 trillion Joules, equivalent to the explosion of 2,100 tons of TNT. ”

That's 2.1 Kilotons.

"Luckily, the U.S. personnel stationed at Thule Air didn’t mistake the meteor explosion of an incoming nuke, otherwise the bolide might have sparked a nuclear war," 

Al's Note
Hiroshima Blast estimated at between 13–18 KT.
Wiki

CONTEXT
“…between 1994 and 2013, 556 small asteroids ranging in size from 1 meter (3 feet) to almost 20 meters (60 feet) crashed in our planet’s atmosphere...”

Social-Political Context
“.The curious thing about last week’s incident is that the U.S. Air Force has failed to report on the matter..”

Revelation
An anonymous tweet first revealed the meteor explosion, then, “Kristensen (the director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists) retweeted the news...writing: “Meteor explodes with 2.1 kilotons force 43 km above (26.72 miles, 141,076 feet) missile early warning radar at Thule Air Base.” “

Bat Outta Hell
“The object was traveling at speeds of 24.4 kilometers per second — about 54,000 mph, or Mach 74...”

 

 

COMPARE

Chelyabinsk Meteor, February 2013, wik:

"...the object exploded in an air burst over Chelyabinsk Oblast, at a height of around 29.7 km (29.7 km, 18.5 mi, or 97,000 ft)."

"...estimated from infrasound and seismic measurements to be equivalent to the blast yield of 400–500 kilotons of TNT...26 to 33 times as much energy as that released from the atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima."

 

 

Bottom Line

We can see that a much smaller meteor exploded at Thule at a much higher altitude than the Chelyabinsk Meteor, with much smaller effect. No effect, if you listen to the Air Force!

I’d like to see the duty logs of Thule Air Base and SAC. I’ll bet that’s some interesting reading.
What we do now know is that a supersonic vehicle of weight (not yet revealed, but quite small), traveling at Mach 74 packs a 2.1 KT punch at that particular angle of attack, no nuke required. We can also see that the Chelyabinsk Meteor packed a 400+KT blast at its particular weight and angle of attack.
Push either in at a deeper angle of attack, and both of  their, "kilotonnages" increases relative to the increase in angle of attack, of their particular weights and compositions...

I'd say this particular "meteor" over Thule was smaller than a compact car, and larger than your average doghouse, and almost skipped off of our atmosphere...we just saw a, "messy," splash as it skipped off...

Now, what we've got to calculate in is the possibility that a random civilization-ending meteor is an intentional, civilization-ending supersonic vehicle, and the difference between the two.

Your guess is as good as mine.

Personally, I would have never voided the anti-ICBM treaty....nor moved missiles and forces up to Russia's borders...neither have long been, nor are, "friendly," acts.

Do you know what our country's been up to, what it's really been doing, in "our" name?

 

Meteors, Annually...

Astronomy News, Observational, Geminid Meteor Shower, The Geminids

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Earlier Meteor Disaster
End of The Age of Humans: Human Effects Equal Chicxulub Climate Disruption


Chicxulub crater, AKA Gulf of Mexico

 

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Humans are equal to The Big Volcano and The Big Rock from Space?

 

 

Trail Logic
Big Rocks are Good?
Emergency Self-Arrest with a Safety Rock

 

 

 

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