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Undetected Asteroid Explodes With the Force of Three Hiroshimas
10-29-2009, 04:52 AM,
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Undetected Asteroid Explodes With the Force of Three Hiroshimas
Quote: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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10-29-2009, 01:28 PM,
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Undetected Asteroid Explodes With the Force of Three Hiroshimas
Quote:... The blast registered internationally on equipment designed to detect nuclear explosions ...
Thought provoking ...

Force of three Hiroshimas.

Above ...

... Indonesia.

Nah ...

... that type of thinking would be "nuts".

Conspiracy thinking.

Thanks, for posting this, inheritor! ;)


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10-29-2009, 03:34 PM,
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Undetected Asteroid Explodes With the Force of Three Hiroshimas
To expand on that...

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1804...ml?DCMP=OTC-rss

Quote:Asteroid blast reveals holes in Earth's defences

* 22:54 26 October 2009 by David Shiga
* For similar stories, visit the Comets and Asteroids Topic Guide

As the US government ponders a strategy to deal with threatening asteroids, a dramatic explosion over Indonesia has underscored how blind we still are to hurtling space rocks.

On 8 October an asteroid detonated high in the atmosphere above South Sulawesi, Indonesia, releasing about as much energy as 50,000 tons of TNT, according to a NASA estimate released on Friday. That's about three times more powerful than the atomic bomb that levelled Hiroshima, making it one of the largest asteroid explosions ever observed.

However, the blast caused no damage on the ground because of the high altitude, 15 to 20 kilometres above Earth's surface, says astronomer Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada.

Brown and Elizabeth Silber, also of UWO, estimated the explosion energy from infrasound waves that rippled halfway around the world and were recorded by an international network of instruments that listens for nuclear explosions.

The explosion was heard by witnesses in Indonesia. Video images of the sky following the event show a dust trail characteristic of an exploding asteroid.
Sudden impact

The amount of energy released suggests the object was about 10 metres across, the researchers say. Such objects are thought to hit Earth about once per decade.

No telescope spotted the asteroid ahead of its impact. That is not surprising, given that only a tiny fraction of asteroids smaller than 100 metres across have been catalogued, says Tim Spahr, director of the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Yet objects as small as 20 or 30 metres across may be capable of doing damage on the ground, he says.

"If you want to find the smallest objects you have to build more, larger telescopes," says Spahr. "A survey that finds all of the 20-metre objects will cost probably multiple billions of dollars."

The US Office of Science and Technology Policy, which advises the White House, must develop a policy to address the asteroid hazard by October 2010 under a deadline imposed by 2008 legislation. It is likely to be influenced by a report from the National Research Council on the asteroid problem, which is expected by year's end
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