Oregon Astronomy: Russian Meteor Updates, Why It Is Not from Asteroid
(Manzanita, Oregon) – Reports continue to come in from the Chelyabinsk region in Russia that multiple fragments of a meteorite have been found, after a massive and extremely loud fireball apparently exploded somewhere in that area – presumably in the air.
There are still conflicting reports at this hour of at least 1200 injuries or more and glass that has exploded. Some reports continue to claim it was a shower of meteors and not just one.
The fireball swooped down over this part of Russia earlier Thursday and the event has some dramatic video to prove it. It sped downward, turning into an intensely bright fireball, leaving a mammoth trail behind it. An incredibly loud explosion was heard, which can be heard in at least one video. The sound shook buildings, set off car alarms and some pieces are responsible for crumbling a roof at a factory.
Most of the injuries were due to exploding glass, which was caused by the shockwave..
Fragments reportedly found were discovered near the town of Satka, about 120 miles from the regional capital city of Chelyabinsk. One major piece broke through a frozen lake.
The big question in many minds is did this have something to do with the gargantuan asteroid known as DA14 that will make its appearance Friday. One Oregonian had the answer to that.
Jim Todd, Planetarium Manager at Portland's OMSI, said this cannot be part of the massive asteroid DA14 which will soon whiz by the planet Earth by a very close margin. It is pure coincidence.
“Keep in mind, DA14 flyby is still 12 hours away and is moving from south to north in relation to Earth,” Todd said. “The fireball over Russia was moving from the east to south.”
DA14 will only be seen in other parts of the world, including Russia – but not in Oregon and not on the Oregon coast.
Chelyabinsk is a region of Russia some 930 miles east of Moscow.
Link to videos of Russian meteor. See the map and satellite images of Chelyabinsk.
See more Oregon Coast Science and unusual facts below
Northern Lights in the Oregon coast range.
Meteor or Irridium Flare, above Manzanita, on the north Oregon coast
More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....
More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....
LATEST OREGON COAST NEWS STORIES
Aurora Lights and Blue Moon for Inland Oregon, Portland, Coast; Video
Two blue moons this month and the distinct possibility of northern lights visible this far south. Science
Unique Convergence of Venus, Jupiter for Oregon, Coastline
Our distant planetary neighbors, Jupiter and Venus, will be practically hand-in-hand in the west. Science
You'll Never Believe What the Oregon Coast Did Last Night
Green flash at sunset, some impressive colors, a sudden fog bank, tidal surprises and glowing sand. Science
New Octopus at N. Oregon Coast's Seaside Aquarium
It's currently on display in the Seaside Aquarium, along with three other much larger octopuses Science
Northern Lights, Other Stellar Surprises Above Portland, Oregon, Coast
Planets, northern lights and what you didn't about sunsets. This is what's in store for Portland, inland Oregon and the coast. Science
Oregon Coast's Weird Singing Sands: Cannon Beach and Elsewhere, Video
Includes video: The weird, wacky phenomenon of 'singing sands' is a very rare find indeed around the world, but especially along the Oregon coast. Science
Dig Deeper Into Oregon Coast with Summer Science Workshops
CoastWatch is offering three-day plunges into coastal science, led by ecologist Stewart Schultz
New Tech Deployed Off Oregon Coast to Study Climate, Dead Zones
The cutting edge piece technology will study climate change, dead zones, earthquakes and many more aspects of the ocean. Science
Recent Global Climate Discoveries Made by Oregon Coast Scientists
Oregon-based scientists with connections to the Hatfield Marine Science Center recently published research revealing more about the global climate
What is That Translucent Thing on Oregon Coast Beaches? Surprising Science
Some see-through surprises may delight you, in the form of two wacky kinds of almost-jellyfish. Science, Seaside Aquarium
Updated: Oregon, Coast, Portland Astronomy: Space Station, Planets
Venus, a decent helping of Mercury, an incredible pairing of Venus and Jupiter and the ISS
Above Pacific Northwest, Oregon, the Coast: Planets, Possible Northern Lights
Look to the skies in May in the Pacific Northwest, especially later tonight. Astronomy
Back to Oregon Coast
Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted