Government Silent As Mystery Meteor Almost Explodes Over US Air Force Base

On August 01, the director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen, tweeted: “Meteor explodes with 2.1 kilotons force 43 km (26 miles) above missile early warning radar at Thule Air Base.”

Kristensen quoted a tweet that originated from “Rocket Ron” (@RonBaalke), whose profile allegedly indicates he is a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center in La Cañada Flintridge, California. The original tweet on July 31 said: ” A fireball was detected over Greenland on July 25, 2018 by US Government sensors at an altitude of 43.3 km (43 miles). The energy from the explosion is estimated to be 2.1 kilotons.”

Data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows reported fireball events for which geographic locations are provided. Each event’s calculated total impact energy is indicated by its relative size and by color. The record shows a meteor traveling at 24.4 kilometers per second (54,000 mph) at 76.9 degrees north latitude, 69.0 degrees west longitude, on July 25 at 11:55 p.m, slammed into the atmosphere directly over Thule, Greenland.

According to the Military Times, the meteor “struck…miles from a key U.S. early warning air base,” which is home to the 12th Space Warning Squadron based at Thule, that operates and maintains the Air Base in support of missile warning, space surveillance, and satellite command-and-control operations missions. Thule is located 1,207 km (750 miles) north of the Arctic Circle and 1,524 km (947 miles) from the North Pole on the northwest side of the island of Greenland.

UHF Phased Array Radar at Thule Air Base (Source/ Air Force)

The story was first reported by Australian media, then blasted across America via Fox News on Friday. The article’s title read “Air Force remains silent after huge meteor hits near US military base,” which generated tremendous buzz on social media and triggered a swarm of journalist contacting the Air Base about the matter.

“No, we don’t have any reports of damage, why are we getting calls on this now?” said Steve Brady, a spokesman at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, which handles Thule’s media queries, even though Thule is located in Greenland.

The Aviationist’s Tom Demerly, who reported on the mystery meteor, wrote in an analysis that it is disturbing because there was no public warning from the U.S. government about the meteor impact. “Had it entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with significantly greater force,” he wrote.

As to “significantly greater force,” well, Demerly does not specifically define what that means as far as kilotons. However, the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor incident (below) provides the very real understanding of the destructive nature of these space objects. We ask just one question: Why did the US government initially fail to alert citizens of Greenland and the US of an incoming meteor that could have potentially been very dangerous?

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The Chelyabinsk meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere over Russia on February 2013, with a speed of 19 kilometers per second (42,500 mph). It quickly became a dazzling superbolide meteor over the southern Ural region. The bulk of the meteor’s energy was absorbed by the atmosphere, with total kinetic energy before atmospheric impact estimated from infrasound and seismic measurements to be equivalent to the blast yield of 400–500 kilotons or roughly 26 to 33 times as much energy as that released from the atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima.

This footage below from multiple closed-circuit television systems recorded the moment when the meteor slammed into the Earth’s atmosphere generating a massive shockwave across the Ural region.

Comments

Masher1 Sat, 08/04/2018 - 18:46 Permalink

Big rock, totally missed by the dudes that are supposed to be looking for real small flying objects, the American tax payer paid how much for that radar?

Baron von Bud bismillah Sat, 08/04/2018 - 19:38 Permalink

This meteor fear mongering is nonsense. I've been on this planet many decades. In all that time nobody has been killed by a meteor, global warming, or aliens. People, believe me, don't waste your time on "news" media foolishness. To maintain your composure and sanity in this crazy propaganda world I highly recommend cold beer. Or maybe they really are throwing space-based weapons at each other. What ya gonna do.

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lock-stick macholatte Sat, 08/04/2018 - 20:03 Permalink

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BigJim lock-stick Sat, 08/04/2018 - 20:29 Permalink

Fuck off "lock-stick". You're infinitely more annoying than Mr Biblicis Institute, none of whose pages are ever clicked on by ZH cognoscenti.

Anyway.

In Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", secessionists on the moon launch rocks into space on huge looping orbits from the "dark" side of the moon. It's impossible for the Earth authorities to trace exactly where the rocks have been launched from, but they pick up speed on their way to earth and strike with devastating impact.

Meanwhile, I hear Russia has some excellent space launch and hypersonic capabilities.

Just sayin'...

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Automatic Choke BigJim Sat, 08/04/2018 - 23:26 Permalink

I love how all you tin hat types both fervently claim that NASA never made it to the moon, and at the same time claim that governments (ours, theirs, everybody's) has weather modification lasers and meteorite launchers on the moon to wipe us taxpayers out.   Which is it?

 

(can I get a new high of downvotes for this?)

 

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BigJim Automatic Choke Sun, 08/05/2018 - 05:13 Permalink

I've never claimed NASA didn't make it to the moon. They left a mirror up there you can bounce a laser off, which seems pretty persuasive evidence to me (though I suppose that doesn't prove the missions were actually manned).

 

But no, I was thinking more along the lines of Russia launching something deep into space from Russia, not the moon, and then guiding it back to strike somewhere as needed... similar to the "rods of god" weapon, except from deeper space rather than close orbit.

Meanwhile, enjoy your "weather modification lasers" strawman. Both your sophistry and inability to read have been duly noted by the ZH community.

 

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Giant Meteor Baron von Bud Sat, 08/04/2018 - 20:11 Permalink

Sir, I take great umbrage to your cavilier attitude, and especially your characterization  “this meteor fear mongering nonsense.”

It is true, finance is likely to take out humanity, wars, pestilence, super viruses and such, but your rejection of Apocalyptic, end of life scenarios especially in regards to Giant Meteors, simply because in your estimation, in your long life span , you haven’t seen these things, a tad silly , no?

i mean those Pompeii folks did not go to bed one night thinking , gee I bet i’ll Make a great plaster statue, after suffocating to death, choking  on hot ash before breakfast!

well anyway, relax enjoy your beer and bud, hell I don’t blame ya .. when times up, times up ,, may as well go out doing something you enjoy!

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Ms No Giant Meteor Sat, 08/04/2018 - 20:27 Permalink

I'm not sure about their speculation about why, but Sott is right about this increase.  I think its related in some way to our magnetic fields decreasing.  I saw somebody theorizing about them being pulled in magnetically due to some electric universe principals and various grand solar minima phenomenon.  The jury is still out but something is going on and the media has squashed it, along with many other similar things. 

"Nevertheless, the pattern is congruent:from 2010 onwards, the frequency of fireballs has been increasing each year in an exponential fashion."

https://www.sott.net/article/309988-NASA-space-data-supports-citizens-o…

Also right before 2010 (08-09) this happened and has now returned:

https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/the-weakest-solar-cycle-…

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OverTheHedge Ms No Sun, 08/05/2018 - 00:49 Permalink

I'm planning to do some meteor-watching over the next couple of nights - the Perseids are peaking (https://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html)

Lucifer's Hammer has everything you need to know about large impacts, and hot hot fudge sundae for that matter. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/218467.Lucifer_s_Hammer

Night barbecue on the beach, and fingers crossed Giant Meteor doesn't drop in for beer (no offence, but extinction-level impact tsunami might put the charcoal out, and then there would be complaints about the food not being cooked properly).

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land_of_the_few TheEndIsNear Sun, 08/05/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

Asteroid cloud model with Earth orbit path shown. Almost all are related to asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter orbits. Most asteroids are similar to typical iron-nickel planetary core material.

https://youtu.be/VmKofZbY0r0

Mars gets hit about 200 times a year by meteorites the size of the one in this article since it's nearer to the asteroid belt, Earth much less frequently, maybe 6 to 8 times less strikes

http://space.com/21198-mars-asteroid-strikes-common.html

 

 

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Grimaldus Giant Meteor Sun, 08/05/2018 - 07:02 Permalink

The moon is being peppered so much with meteor impacts the surface "turns over". It was thought to take a very long time to do but now it is learned that happens at a much faster rate. Lots of shit flying around out there.

http://spaceref.com/moon/small-lunar-impacts-more-common-than-previousl…

Anyone establishing a base on the moon better do it underground.

 

 

 

 

 

Grimaldus

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rtb61 bismillah Sun, 08/05/2018 - 03:13 Permalink

Well, they are simply hiring the wrong people. As long as the digital entertainment is there, as an introvert high performing autism spectrum computer geek, I would have no problem with the job, except maybe the cold. To keep them busy, get them doing data analysis, so four hours of watching the skies and four hours of data analysis. Hire the right people for the job and the job will be done well.

Use it as a shit posting to get rid of slackers, trouble makers and incompetents and except a really shitty outcome is to be expected ie early warning system misses a giant fucking rock right over their heads because yeah because the US military treats it like a shit posting and hence it's a giant great fucking waste of money.

 

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BigJim macholatte Sat, 08/04/2018 - 20:21 Permalink

blast yield of 400–500 kilotons or roughly 26 to 33 times as much energy as that released from the atomic bomb detonated at Hiroshima.

But how many Olympic sized swimming pools is that?

Three. Everyone knows it's three Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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Sjappie sanctificado Sun, 08/05/2018 - 05:07 Permalink

This 'God' you're referring to is basically pissed at all of humanity because he can't cope with the fact that his brother genetically modified us to become like them, as he thinks of us as animals. Good thing is that we're moving away from Pisces and will be entering Aquarius soon, which will result in the shift of power and the serpent knowledge will rise once again.

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XCantrekker Sjappie Sun, 08/05/2018 - 12:13 Permalink

Some of the serious impacts are the result of passing through a comet tail. The period called the "younger dryass" about 12,600 years ago briefly ended the last ice age when a group of huge meteors from the breakup of a comet hit the northern ice pack causing large flooding around the world. That comet, or its remains could still be out there as we pass through the Taurids each June and October.

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1033eruth sanctificado Sun, 08/05/2018 - 13:32 Permalink

I study the up/down votes on ZH as much as the material presented.  So according to Sanctificado we have:

THAT warning from God was subtle. Next one won't be.

 God's pissed at America.

 

Conventional translation is that we have 11 religious freaks that think god controls natural disasters and pretty much everything that goes on.  But isn't "god" a figurative translation for chance?  Lets say you're at Las Vegas, anything good that happens is because of "god" and anything bad that happens is due to what, satan?  Was the Las Vegas shooting due to god?  

I wish I could get one of the multi million dollar STUDY grants from Uncle Fraud so that I can study religious freaks and what they are willing to attribute to "god".  

Supposedly the indians were around for the impact of Meteor Crater in Northern Arizona and that would have been many, MANY times more explosive than the meteor featured in the Russian video above.  Now, if the "next one" doesn't happen in our lifetimes, what's the point of mentioning it?  Isn't it to instill the "fear of god" in everybody so that we get on our knees and supplicate and beg for forgiveness?  What the FUCK FOR?  God better hurry up with the "next one" because I'm only going to be around for another 20 years.  GET CRACKIN' GOD; Sanctificado and his well wishers demand something more substantial because they BELIEVE!
 

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