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Can we deflect meteors and asteroids? TEDx talk describes how

February 16, 2013 1 comment

TED Blog

It’s a humbling day to be an Earthling. Just sixteen hours before the highly-anticipated flyby of the asteroid 2012 DA14, the skies above the Chelyabinsk region of Russia were shattered by the explosion of an incoming meteor. Although fortunately nobody appears to have been killed by the blast, more than 1,000 people reported injuries, mostly from flying glass and debris.

We know that these objects are out there, but what are scientists doing to locate them? And how would we respond if one were found to be on a collision course with our planet?

At TEDxMarin, Dr. Ed Lu gave a fascinating talk highlighting the efforts that scientists like himself are making to detect and deflect near-Earth objects.

“You don’t need oil miners and Bruce Willis” to push an asteroid off course, says Dr. Lu. “Deflecting asteroids is not that hard. We have the technology to do…

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Meteor Explosion Over Russia

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment

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A fireball like meteor exploded on Friday (Feb 15, 2013) over city of Chelyabinsk, Russia 9:30 a.m as reported by Space.com. Russian meteor was about 50 feet wide and weighed approximately 7,000 tons.

As per Russian Academy of Sciences, The meteor above western Siberia entered the Earth’s atmosphere about 9:20 a.m. local time (10:20 p.m. EST Thursday) at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph (54,000 kph) and shattered into pieces about 30-50 kilometers (18 to 32 miles)

When I first saw on the news, thought it could be another small meteor that crossed the earth, but it is surprising to know that it is so big  releasing roughly 15 times as much energy as the atomic bomb the United States dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II according to the news sources.

As a result of The Russian meteor blast around 3,000 buildings in Chelyabinsk were damaged, Mostly with broken glass. At a zinc factory, part of the roof collapsed. , and around 1000 people injured caused by flying glass. Good thing to know that no one is dead.

Some meteorite fragments fell in a reservoir outside the town of Chebarkul, the regional Interior Ministry office said. The strange thing is that the crash left an eight-meter (26-foot) crater in the ice.

Many people thought of this as the end of the world, but don’t need to be afraid of anything about this now.

And as per a recent report the meteor blast in the skies over Russia produced 2.7 magnitude earthquake equivalent the shaking can be appeared on seismograph readings.

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Russian meteor Viral Videos:

Instantly this event triggered a lot of viral videos on YouTube and on other channels, you can find some of the interesting videos here.

YouTube Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=90Omh7_I8vI
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Russian meteor Photos: find the interesting meteor blast photos on here

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End of the World Count Down

November 22, 2012 6 comments

Mayan Calendar

We’ve already read about a lot of speculative news and theories about End of the World, no explanations anymore here again. The only thing is to see if it happen or not as the count down is already started. I few minutes ago I was watching the same in Fox News and it was interesting to watch (you might have watched it too). I like to follow it further as we move close to the target date Dec 21, 2012.

What do you think? Does it happen really? As per the theories something will happen and the world will end. I believe it may not be true because nothing has happened till now that indicate the signs of upcoming future. Also recently I’ve got a chance to see some shows of the Mayan secrets, and also read through some recent articles on this subject. But none of them revealed no sings of end of world. Then what is it about the Mayan Calendar? As I understand it will end , I mean the calendar will end and it begins again just like an odometer. At each end of the calender year the Mayans  celebrates just like we celebrate our New Year – end of an year, and beginning of a new!

End of the World Count Down

I’ve been watching the following site over a period of years on this subject. The site is dedicated to track Dec 21, 2012 and it has a count down counter. I hope this is interesting for you to watch/read

Count Down Clock: http://www.december212012.com

NASA has already declared that no such event will happen. you may read this in the below

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html

But there is one thing to consider, which is the solar flares which may cause damage to earth but it need not to happen on this date but may happen anytime in future. Since Mayans believed in Sun, they have a fear of Sun that some day sun will destroy the earth.

Hopefully end of the world is not going to happen and we will continue to work on our deliverables in our project plans 🙂

Good Luck for All

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