Meteor Sickness

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by Orleander, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Tiny in that if it were a meterorite it would have created a much larger area than what we see.
     
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  3. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    The crater does look very weird, not the usual pic of a meteor impact.
    Maybe the source is geological and something was blasted upwards.

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    Any way, I'll wait for those scientific survey results before speculating further.
     
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  5. MetaKron Registered Senior Member

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    You would think they would know if it hit an old landfill.
     
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  7. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I'm still going with mass hysteria. A couple people had the flu, looked at the site, got sick, etc.
     
  8. Enmos Valued Senior Member

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    How so ? Would a 10 centimeter meteorite create a larger hole than the one on the picture ?
    Also, meteors don't have to produce explosive impact craters. Sometimes they form impacts pits with the approximate diameters of the pit being the same as the respective meteorites. Therefore if this was indeed a meteor it will be recovered, at least partially, from the impact pit.
     
  9. draqon Banned Banned

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    it could have been an afterburn shock from a meteorite...maybe the whole thing burnt up and only a shock heat wave reached the ground.
     
  10. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Nope, that wouldn't explain the odor. That's a pretty geologically active part of the world. The odds are in favor of it having rupturing an underground deposit or crack that contained a lot of sulfur dioxide. That stuff is very noxious and makes people sick immediately. It can also kill.

    And it wouldn't be the first time, either. There was an incident just a few years back where a lake had formed inside a low crater of an extinct volcano. A large amount of sulfur dioxide and CO2 had collected in a pocket deep below the surface and was held there bu stratification. One night the water 'turned over' relaesing the gases. It wiped out an entire village just below the crater.

    There was an episode on the National Geographic channel not too long ago in which the researchers gave a full documented account of the event.
     
  11. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    oh yeah, I saw that.
    Maybe it wasn't a meteor at all. Maybe there was just a large gas release explosion and they thought it was a meteor. Wouldn't a meteor, large enough to make that crater, have been tracked?
     
  12. matthyaouw Registered Senior Member

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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/19/wperu119.xml

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,297385,00.html

    At least they know for sure it was a meteorite now.
     
  13. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    No larger than the crater is (30 meters) it whould have had to be a small piece of rock - probably 5 or 6 inches in diameter at the most. And no, they don't bother to track things that small.
     
  14. spidergoat Liddle' Dick Tater Valued Senior Member

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    I heard it broke a sewer pipe which poisoned the water supply. It's probably just a cover story so people don't panic about the space virus.
     
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    According to a calculator on NASA's website (sorry, I can't find the link atm), a 1m diameter meteor coming in at ~20km/s and 45 degrees would make a ~20m crater. But I think you're right, they wouldn't bother to track it. Software probably filters out anything that doesn't match the profile of an orbiting satellite or an incoming ICBM. This was headed for _Peru_, and who would bother attacking Peru. No offense to any Peruvian's who may be present.

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  17. matthyaouw Registered Senior Member

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    Here is an interesting take on it. It would certainly make more sense than a meteorite in some ways. The geologist's analysis would have to be disproved however, which is hard when only such vague details are given.
     
  18. draqon Banned Banned

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    Yeah it probably was SS-1 `Scud' (R-11/8K11, R-11FM (SS-N-1B) and R-17/8K14) missile test gone amok.

    Now that I think of it, was probably it...Peru bought the missile in 1990's and tested it now, a defect perhaps?
     
  19. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    There is no more evidence for scud missile than for the meteor.
    Actually there is more evidence for the meteor, because of the report that meteor rock bits have been found.

    Of course that's unconfirmed (analysis of one geologist), but so is the Peru's purchase of scud missiles (speculation), even more so - testing of them.

    Personally I still think there's too little evidence to lean either way.
     
  20. draqon Banned Banned

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    yeah but meteor sickness...I don't remember in human history for something like this to have been documented.
     
  21. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    Think before you post.

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    The sickness didn't have to be brought to Earth by the meteor.
    It could be bacteria or chemical waste, or gas in the soil that got disturbed by the impact.
    Look at the photo, the soil doesn't look very sterile.
     
  22. JEFFLARSON Registered Member

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    i hope someone took a air sample near crater
    if so the answers to this mistery could be in that air sample
    for now its all speculation
    with all the press it bound to be studyed sniffed and dug up
     
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