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Originally posted by JimOberg
This is about twelve hours ahead of the asteroid fly-by.
Earth moves 18 miles/sec in its orbit, about 65,000 mph. In 12 hours, that's
almost 800,000 miles. We're that far AWAY from the intersection point with the asteroid.
Comet and asteroid/meteoroid debris tends to spread out forward and aft of the main body,
not so much to the sides [although meteor showers can spread over a number of days
indicating that those clouds have slightly widened].
That's why, without even being able to analyze the track of the meteor, I'd venture to guess
it is unrelated to the bigger rock heading our way. We're well short of the rendezvous [crossing] point
with the asteroid.
That would be insane response time actually. They must have known something was coming or it was picked up.
2012 DA14 is a NEO. It's orbit actually sort of parallels (I guess concentric would be a better word) that of Earth. It's a close neighbor we say "hi" to on a fairly regular basis.
Well, like I was saying.. these could have been happy, peaceful bits of rock floating on the fringe of our solar system.
Originally posted by fleabit
reply to post by Arken
It looked like the trails left by a missile. The one perhaps that struck the meteor? My guess at least. First boom was it hitting the meteor, later booms are impacts of the bits of the meteor hitting terra firma.
Originally posted by maoklein
people saying that a missile salvo couldn't hit it...
it's only dependent on simple math and lauching angle. Granted the missiles probably wouldn't be able to chase it (the bolide, meteor, asteroid, ufo oO) but to say that it would be an impossible shot is just wrong.
Given that the event took place not long ago, we'll certainly see some more images uploaded to youtube in the next few days. If we're lucky we might even some videos that disprove or confirms this.