‘Unconfirmed Reports’: Meteorite blown up by missile over Russia?

Published: February 15th, 2013 at 2:22 am ET


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Gizmodo: What’s more incredible: unconfirmed reports say that an air defense unit fired a missile as the meteor entered Russian airspace at supersonic speeds, shattering it to pieces. […] The Russian Emergency Ministry says that there are 20,000 rescue workers deployed in the area. Aircrafts are now flying over the area looking for impacts.

Gawker: UPDATE: RT is now reporting, citing unconfirmed military sources, that the meteorite was intercepted by Russian air defense forces, who reportedly used a missile to destroy it while it was still 20 km in the air.

The Verge: It’s unclear what could have caused the explosions. Unconfirmed reports from Russia Today, a less than reliable source at the best of times, suggest that a meteor was blown away by a surface-to-air missile salvo, but there’s little evidence of that from the videos we’re seeing. A writer at ScienceBlogs, attempting to explain the notorious Tunguska incident that occurred in Russia over a century ago, provided an account of how meteors could explode in the atmosphere, but it’s little more than speculation in this case.

Russia Today: According to unconfirmed reports, the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. A missile salvo reportedly blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.

Voice of Russia: The regional Emergency Ministry said the phenomenon was a meteorite shower, but locals have speculated that it was a military fighter jet crash or a missile explosion.

CBS News: Reports conflicted on the event: A spokeswoman for Russia’s Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite. The ministry said some fragments fell near the town of Satka, about 120 miles from the regional capital city of Chelyabinsk.

Russia Today News: The biggest issue right now is the falling debris and the black smoke that people are reporting that is hanging in the air.

Gizmodo: I doubt their air defense had the time to detect and target an object that appeared out of nowhere, from space. There’s also one single trail. If a missile actually hit anything, there would be multiple trails following the debris. More likely, the meteor exploded before hitting the ground because of the enormous heat generated by the compression of air in front of the meteor or asteroid. This phenomenon is called asteroid airburst or bolide.

RT: ­12:24 GMT: The military had nothing to do with the aerial meteorite explosion, the Urals Emergency Ministry said: “Russia’s defense ministry took no action connected to the incident. No aircrafts has been registered in the air at the given period of time.” Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports that the military had shot down the falling meteorite, shattering it into pieces.



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Published: February 15th, 2013 at 2:22 am ET


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54 comments to ‘Unconfirmed Reports’: Meteorite blown up by missile over Russia?

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    20,000 rescue workers? How much damage was done??? Damage pictures and videos soon to follow I'm sure.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Good vid of fireball breakup…
    And one startled russian driver!


  • razzz razzz

    Russians must be pretty good to hit stones falling from space with their missile defense system on short notice.

    Must be traveling companions of the main event asteroid (rock) which is about half the size of a football field.

    I guess government scientists didn't want to say anything and cause panic about possible stays meteorites accompanying the main asteroid.

    Where's HARP when you need it?

    • Jebus Jebus

      I don't think that they shot it down or anything like that. Something that breaks up upon entry into the atmosphere at 3 times the speed of a high powered bullet is going to create multiple sonic booms. This is how the damage happens. Shockwave…

    • Read 1908 russian meteor event

  • http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2012/10/would-they-tell.html
    Would they tell?
    If the Earth was going to fly through a "cloud" of meteors, would "they" tell you?

    Supposedly, something as small as 400ft across could have earth devastating effects. What if we were going to fly through a high density zone of meteors say 50 ft to 600ft in diameter? And take maybe 200 serious hits?

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    A skyview of meteor shower earlier today


  • razzz razzz

    Thing must have been hauling ass for the smoke trails to be videoed and observed and the sonic boom and shock waves arrive a minute or so after the streak is seen. A larger piece must have broken up and the remnants made it through to earth.

    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      Good point there razzz, must have been in excess of 25,000 miles an hour because thats the speed of the space shuttle going up at top speed if I'm not mistaken. So mabey 50,000 mph plus coming in? Anyone?? Incoming estimated speed of the rocks coming in?

      • Jebus Jebus

        The velocity of asteroid 2012 DA14 is 4.9 miles per second…

        • Jebus Jebus

          17,640 miles per hour…

          • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

            No wonder they shot that sob down,lol. Would have caused a lot more damage in one peice at that speed. Bet it was headed for a sensitive area and they didn't hesitate pulling the trigger, or pushing the button I should say. Bet theres many more to come before that big one passes by us later today.

            • Jebus Jebus

              Nope, even a metorite 10 times that size will explode in the atmosphere at that velocity. Only pieces will hit the ground.
              The angle of the trajectory will dictate how much makes it to the ground…
              If it were to come straight in towards the earth, then it might explode at ground level. Less atmosphere to travel through.
              Till it hits terminal velocity, it will burn and melt from friction.
              People don't realize that we walk around in a very dense atmosphere at ground level…

        • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

          Ok Jebus ty, that comes to 17,640 miles per hour. Thats cookin!!

      • jec jec

        news says 33,000 mph for the "rock."

  • Jebus Jebus


    loads of meteors hit Russia, NASA lied to public about 1 meteor.


  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Reporter said it was raining hot molten rocks and debris? Radioactive??

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Don't forget 20,000 rescue personell already dispatched

  • Jebus Jebus

    Maybe this is the humble pie that the collective species of homo sapiens needs to survive his follies and wake up…

    We are less than a atom to the universe…

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Why in the hell weren't we warned by NASA about these smaller peices. No ffing way their not on our radars, satellites and telescopes?????????? Why weren't the Russian citizens warned???? Is there more coming our way?

    • Jebus Jebus

      Eight beeeleeion people is why…
      Ya don't want to frighten the herd…
      That would be one helluva stampede…

      • Exactly, as "they" enter the bunkers

      • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

        That was a good one Jebus. 8 beeeeleeion lmfao

        And on our menu today we have slightly radioactive tuna salad sandwiches(courtesy of our friends at Tepco, along with an ice cold glass of slightly cesium flavored milk, also we are featuring our slightly oil and corexit marinated shrimp, oysters, and red snapper for our seafood lovers. For our meat and potatoe lovers we have the managers special of premium fukushima grade N prime rib with sauteed fukushima shitaki mushrooms. Enjoy the fireworks display of molten hot meteor showers as you dine in our skyview lounge.

        Yall come back now, ya hear!


      TM2020, it was way too fast for radar to give warning, because NASA said it couldn't happen. It's supposed to be a solid rock and ice formation. It isn't. It was ferrite, and completley expected by the EU modelling.

      You know, the one that NASA laughs at, although Plasma Physicists have recreated this very effect in lab conditions.

      Science today is a joke.


    Actually, this was predicted. This was an off shot of the so-called asteroid because of the axial shear of the magnetoshere. As an asteroid this close somes close to a celestial body, then the electrical properties inherent undergoes a shear effect, and propels parts of the mas forward, while conversly slowing down the main body. It is an action/reaction electrical impulse.

    No rockets were involved, no missiles interecepted anything. This was so fast and unexpected by mainstream scientists, that it is doubtful you will kear a word of it here in the US. If everyone didn't die here, then people wake up in the morning and go to work never knowing a thing about it.

    As the main portion of the 'asteroid' has now passed the earth, it will continue to degrade and axial shears will get worse. It is fully expected to an extreme blow out, as projected by the Electric Universe.
    Its not that there is nothing to see here, because there is. NASA blathers on, possibly a passing mention, but not much to do for them.
    If this does not completely stream out as projected, then so much mass will be lost at the extreme speeds it grazed by and in contact with out magnetoshere, then it will only be because its trajectory was just changed because of it, and will be greatly diminished in mass.
    This really could have spawned many more 'children' meteorites, and we should all feel very lucky sonic booms and smoke is the worst that planet earth received.
    EU, it's not just for kids.


    Sorry for the typos, just excited, as this is my field, and it did just as projected. This could easily have become a 'Tunguska' event, and proves the theory of just what did happen in 1908.

    It was just a larger chunk that impacted the atmosphere, and the glow and the sonic booms were dead on in line with the electrical model of Tunguska, and what was proposed to happen today.

    Seriously, we were very lucky, and I mean earth as a whole.

    • but the DA12 or whatever is till 8 hours off, right?
      maybe this is a breakaway piece, BUT not caused be recent contact with magnetosphere???


        No, stock. It hit our magnetospheric tail about 7 hours ago. Just as the Solar CME was still impacting earth, yet the main wave had passed earth and impacted the asteroid, causing the magnetic variations which lead to small shears along it's axial framework.

        VALENTINE'S DAY MAGNETIC STORM: Valentine's Day in Scandinavia began with a magnetic storm. Rob Stammes of the Polar Light Center in Lofoten, Norway, reports: "Our instruments recorded 2o swings in the local magnetic field, which induced strong electrical currents in the ground outside our lab." The needles on his chart recorder were swinging wildly: At this time, twice the amount of solar CME radiation and solar wind density had streamed passed by earth and impacted the asteroid.


        "At 2:25 p.m. EST (19:25 UTC) on Friday, Feb. 15th, asteroid 2012 DA14 will fly past Earth only 17,200 miles above our planet's surface. This will put it well inside the orbit of geosynchronous satellites, closer than any asteroid of the same size has come since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s. Researchers speculate that Earth's gravity might even cause seismic activity on the 50m-wide space rock."


        Current solar winds and protonic density near eath is only a Solar wind
        speed: 371.6 km/sec
        density: 2.6 protons/cm3


        • thanks, kind of would have been nice if the "experts" had warned people to at least….stay home, stock up on water, batteries, etc.

          Sheesh from what you are saying the chance of a magnetic / gravitational induced shear off of part of the meteor should have had a realistic chance of happening, and some basic warning should have been placed.

          Of course after Fuku I am adequately prepared to handle several months "off grid" so I wouldn't be doing anything different

          Probably get more truth from a nuker, LOL.

    • jec jec

      I hope people look back to pre-history and the unusual fields of melted "glass" found in Syria, Egypt, East Coast USA and middle USA..signs of possible hits from meteor fragments. Its not unusual to think Earth gets hit a lot. Also, if people look at the pre-history buildings of large stone works (call them bunkers if you like) and the fixation with sun/comets-a person could think we as a race have had experience with some nasty space junk before.

      • Anthony Anthony

        I think its a pattern, space weather pattern that Earth has traversed many times before. People like us experienced it like we are going to and survive. Other times I think it has wiped the planet of life. Today will be an interesting day.



    This will be the main event, and it is possible for more shears, but doubtful since only the weaker outlying sections fall prey to these protonic excitations of mass activity in such extreme shearing conditions only exist from an electrical excitation comparable to 4.6 protons/cm3 that the asteroid encountered earlier and after it had passed the earth yesterday.

    There is a chance, however small, that a flame out could still occur after it passes earth, if any CME's or prominences are expected, and at this time, no coronal holes venting are aimed in this direction, so the probability is very low.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Pravda: "According to preliminary data, the flashes, which local people saw, were a meteor shower," EMERCOM officials said. A little bit later, however, the information was corrected. "There was no meteor shower over the Urals, as it was reported earlier – there was only one meteor. It burned as it was passing through the lower atmosphere," officials told Interfax adding that the radiation level in the region remains normal."

  • guezilla

    Well… the good thing is apparently Russia didn't mis-interpret it as a nuclear launch. It is said that during the Norweigian missile incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_rocket_incident in 1995 Boris Yeltsin had to dig out the nuclear control suitcase dug up.

    It's claimed that was the first and only case a nuclear control suitcase has been activated – and long after Cold War at that. Though other sources play down the incident. However, the superpower tensions have fired up quite a notch since then, and this meteor shower should've looked like hell of a MIRV attack on Russia's nuclear assets with their aging early warning systems.

  • This research from UCLA. What happened in Russia last night hasn't happened for 100 years on earth. And we have not noticed a close flyby of a 15 story building by 15 story wide cube, ever before.

    So is this a coincidence? Well the big asteroid (now call it a meteorite since it hit) odds are 1 day in 100 years or 36500 to 1, or .0027%.

    They think that big object get kind of close every 40 years, but some say every 1120 years, lets use 40.

    So that is one in 14600 odds, or .0068% chance on any given day.

    The odds of both happening on the same day is .0027% * .0068% = .000018%, or about 5.55 million to 1 odds. Hmmm

    It is obvious, the powers that be will do anything to not scare the sheeple.

    There should have been warnings, not "don't worry". Stay near home, have your emergency supplies prepared.

    These warnings extend into tomorrow and the next day, eyes open, no fear.


  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fireballs are just so interesting.

    Huge Fireball Over Japan – 1/20/2013