Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Asteroid explodes over Indonesia

So today's excitement seems to come from reports that a 10 m diameter meteor exploded about 15 - 20 km above the Indonesian island of Sulowesi. The explosion was the equivalent of 50,000 tonnes of TNT, about three times the Hiroshima bomb. The bang was recorded by instruments 10,000 km away.

Yeah, but. It all happened on October 8th. THREE WEEKS AGO! Dammit, a pigeon could deliver news faster!

The movie clip is of an Indonesian newscast, so don't bother turning on your sound. What you see, sadly but inevitably, is just the dust cloud left behind. Too much to hope that someone would just happen to be pointing his phone at the sky waiting for something exciting to happen.

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