Weekly Space Hangout, Feb. 15, 2013: Space Rocks Edition

by Fraser Cain on February 15, 2013

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We interrupt your regular Weekly Space Hangout with this extra special edition to cover to the two asteroid-related events: the Russian meteor explosion and the close pass of Asteroid 2012 DA14.

Joining us for the space round table:
Dr. Ian O’Neill, Dr. Pamela Gay, Dr. Thad Szabo, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, Nancy Atkinson, and Scott Lewis

Host: Fraser Cain

We record the Weekly Space Hangout every Friday at 12 pm Pacific / 3 pm Eastern. You can watch us live on Google+, Cosmoquest or listen after as part of the Astronomy Cast podcast feed (audio only).

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Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

Aqua4U February 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Great show you guys! Thanks for the updates and comments… I wuz totally jazzed when I heard the news of this event this morning! AM SO GLAD it didn’t explode above North Korea of Iran – no telling how THEY might have reacted? ACK! and Dzzzzz…

This event reminded me of a bolide I witnessed back in 1994. Our group, The Wragg Canyon Star Gazers, met regularly on weekends closest to the new moon. That night, we’d stayed up almost all night and were totally zonked out as a result (I worked the day before!). There were only three of us awake… I was leaning over putting away my scope when all of a sudden there was a tremendous flash! I thought Enrigue had taken a flash photo of me? Instead he yelled, “WHAT was that?” We looked up and saw the end of a meteor train with the moment of the flash as a cloud-like ball of smoke in a smokey train along the line of the passage! WOW! Was that ever cool! No sonic boom… but what a rush!

Fraser Cain February 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

I’ve still never seen a bright bolide like that, I’m jealous. :-)

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