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10/28/2009 01:55 PM ID: 81419 Permalink   

Asteroid Enters the Atmosphere Undetected: Explodes With the Force of Three Hiroshimas

 

On Oct 8 an asteroid approximately 10m across entered the atmosphere undetected and exploded with the force of three Hiroshimas 15-20km above Indonesia. The blast registered internationally on equipment designed to detect nuclear explosions.

A significant number of space objects less than 100m in diameter remain uncatalogued. Under legislation passed in 2008 the US Office of Science and Technology Policy must come up with a policy on asteroids by this time next year.

"If you want to find the smallest objects you have to build more, larger telescopes. A survey that finds all of the 20-metre objects will cost probably multiple billions of dollars," said director of the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Tim Spahr.

 
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  Luckily  
 
the atmosphere protects us from a phenomena like this, i dont know what´s the biggest size of an asteroid yet the atmosphere can protect us against it.
 
  by: vizhatlan     10/28/2009 03:35 PM     
  DAMN YOU MARS!  
 
Your s´posed to stop stuff like this happenning.
 
  by: AccessG     10/28/2009 03:44 PM     
  @AccessG  
 
Pssst. I think you´re yelling at the wrong planet. Isn´t Jupiter supposed to do that?
 
  by: ixuzus     10/28/2009 04:05 PM     
  Lol...  
 
Access you are as daft as me! :P
 
  by: captainJane     10/28/2009 04:10 PM     
  @ix  
 
I thought a few done it because of their size and gravity.

Anyway, I dont trust Jupiter, its full of hot air. At least Mars had an army.
 
  by: AccessG     10/28/2009 06:00 PM     
  and I quote:  
 
"If you want to find the smallest objects you have to build more, larger telescopes."

OHHHH! So THAT´S how it´s done. This whole time I was thinking the inverse. Thanks for stating the obvious. Why don´t we just erase that sentence and say, "To see objects, you need eyeballs, lol dummy."
 
  by: veX   10/29/2009 06:40 PM     
  Wow...  
 
that´s pretty damn cool. I was hoping for a super explosion, but I have a feeling I´ll be disappointed when I get around to watching the video.
 
  by: erasedgod   10/29/2009 07:51 PM     
 
 
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