Australian Meteor

pknz

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Just saw a short clip of it on the news. Looked impressive, made a sonic boom apparently, and some guy cuaght it on video.
 

hopejr

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I live in Perth, but I missed it. Was down south in the country, and was listening to the news on the radio coming back up, and heard about it. Pity I missed it.

EDIT: hmm, the report said ppl in Albany saw it too. I wasn't that far from Perth, so I should've seen it. Oh well.
 

Mac_Freak

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I saw a meteor once when I was in Poland but it was much further away and smaller, but it was still cool to see it ripping through a sky for a couple of seconds before breaking apart and disappearing. :cool:
Lets just hope that nothing bigger will come our way. :eek:
 

Mr. Anderson

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I couldn't get the BBC video to play very well - are there any other links to the movie?

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emw

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That's just plain wild. I'd love to catch something like that in person - amazing. I've seen "shooting stars" but never anything like that.

Wonder how big it was? It would have to have been fairly large, I'd think.
 

Chundles

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emw said:
That's just plain wild. I'd love to catch something like that in person - amazing. I've seen "shooting stars" but never anything like that.

Wonder how big it was? It would have to have been fairly large, I'd think.
They said about the size of a case of beer. Meteors carry so much momentum into the atmosphere that they don't need to be huge to create a fair bit of damage. A fist size meterorite landed on the NSW north coast a while back creating a tennis-court sized crater.
 

emw

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Case of beer, huh? Interesting. I guess I was thinking a little bigger (like maybe 4 feet across or so. I suppose the kinetic energy in those buggers is enough to cause significant damage at small sizes, so it's probably a good this thing didn't hit land, or in a populated area.
 

Chundles

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emw said:
Case of beer, huh? Interesting. I guess I was thinking a little bigger (like maybe 4 feet across or so. I suppose the kinetic energy in those buggers is enough to cause significant damage at small sizes, so it's probably a good this thing didn't hit land, or in a populated area.
Just having a quick read on Google answers and a scientist goes into a lot of detail (density, mass, size, impact velocity etc.) and for a Volkswagen Beetle sized meteor (4m or 12ft in diameter) would leave a 400m (~0.25 mile) wide crater and hit with the energy of half the Hiroshima nuclear bomb.

Scale it down and you're still looking at a decent BOOM.
 

Chundles

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Blue Velvet said:
The standard unit of cubic capacity for the Aussies. :p
Yep, only ours are heavier than the american ones cause our beer has more alcohol and tastes a hell of a lot better.

It starts in primary school, "now kiddies, one case divided by 3 equals what?" "8 bottles each sir", and moves onto high school "the derivative of 3 cases when shared amongst 4 mates on a fishing trip is what class?" "18x sir where x is less than or equal to one beer." And then onto uni "right guysh howw mnne brers have disaperead nowoow?" "23" "rigtht, tmieme for seom moer..."
 
Chundles said:
Yep, only ours are heavier than the american ones cause our beer has more alcohol and tastes a hell of a lot better.
That's an ignorant, but common Aussie reply.

A little research would lead you to find that the United States brews far more world-class beers than Australia could ever hope to, with a higher upper range of alcohol percentage (17.5%, if that's what you're looking for) and a greater diversity of styles. Forget what you know about Budweiser, Coors, Miller, etc. Look into Victory, Stoudts, Weyerbacher, Brooklyn, Yards, Flying Fish, Dogfish Head and Triumph (just to name a few within an East Coast stone's throw.
 

dmw007

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Chundles said:
It starts in primary school, "now kiddies, one case divided by 3 equals what?" "8 bottles each sir", and moves onto high school "the derivative of 3 cases when shared amongst 4 mates on a fishing trip is what class?" "18x sir where x is less than or equal to one beer." And then onto uni "right guysh howw mnne brers have disaperead nowoow?" "23" "rigtht, tmieme for seom moer..."
Glad to hear that you Australians have such a great education system (especially uni)! ;) :) :)
 

MacSA

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jayscheuerle said:
That's an ignorant, but common Aussie reply.

A little research would lead you to find that the United States brews far more world-class beers than Australia could ever hope to, with a higher upper range of alcohol percentage (17.5%, if that's what you're looking for) and a greater diversity of styles. Forget what you know about Budweiser, Coors, Miller, etc. Look into Victory, Stoudts, Weyerbacher, Brooklyn, Yards, Flying Fish, Dogfish Head and Triumph (just to name a few within an East Coast stone's throw.
ummmmmm a little off topic don't you think? :rolleyes:
 

Tymmz

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Need to show the movie my colleague. She told me yesterday that she saw something very bright. But I'm not sure if you could have seen that meteor in Germany.
 

kiwi-in-uk

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Tymmz said:
Need to show the movie my colleague. She told me yesterday that she saw something very bright. But I'm not sure if you could have seen that meteor in Germany.
Maybe if she was standing on tip toes, or is taller than average.

Chundles - you didn't specify whether that slab was tinnies or stubbies. Or Darwin stubbies ... :eek:

jayscheuerle said:
That's an ignorant, but common Aussie reply.
No "but" required. :p
 

Chundles

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kiwi-in-uk said:
Maybe if she was standing on tip toes, or is taller than average.

Chundles - you didn't specify whether that slab was tinnies or stubbies. Or Darwin stubbies ... :eek:


No "but" required. :p
OI!!

Stubbies. Who in their right mind would drink beer out of a can??

And I would truly like to see a case of Darwin Stubbies.

Why don't you go back to throwing fruit at superior cricketers.
 

EricNau

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Wish I could have seen it. If it was the size of a basketball; it would have been amazing.

For all those who don't know; most meteors (aka: "Shooting Stars") you've seen are about the size of a grain of sand.
 

EricNau

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Chundles said:
Just having a quick read on Google answers and a scientist goes into a lot of detail (density, mass, size, impact velocity etc.) and for a Volkswagen Beetle sized meteor (4m or 12ft in diameter) would leave a 400m (~0.25 mile) wide crater and hit with the energy of half the Hiroshima nuclear bomb.

Scale it down and you're still looking at a decent BOOM.
Then it would be a meteorite. ;)
 
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