October 27, 2009
Asteroid Over Indonesia Triple Hiroshima Bomb Power

An asteroid over Indonesia exploded too high up to cause ground damage but with enormous force.

On 8 October an asteroid detonated high in the atmosphere above South Sulawesi, Indonesia, releasing about as much energy as 50,000 tons of TNT, according to a NASA estimate released on Friday. That's about three times more powerful than the atomic bomb that levelled Hiroshima, making it one of the largest asteroid explosions ever observed.

No telescope spotted it before it entered Earth's atmosphere. Rather than try to return to the Moon or go to Mars I would rather build an asteroid defense system. My motto: First, don't die.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 October 27 12:35 AM  Dangers Asteroids

missathing said at October 27, 2009 8:49 AM:

would this 'asteroid defense system' resemble a certain 1998 michael bay film starring liv tyler?

Doug said at October 27, 2009 5:41 PM:

We already have an planetary asteroid defense system. It worked. It is called the atmosphere.

Tom said at October 29, 2009 3:43 AM:

Tell that to the dinosaurs, Doug ;)

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