For the first time in a while I was asked to do some news research on the story that has been running under the mainstream about the defunct UARS satellite and its fall from the sky. NASA has been sounding the alarm about the space junk that will plummet to the earth and after reading and researching the event it seems that NASA can’t pinpoint or even give a definitive answer about where and when it will come down. They have given a few odds on it hitting a populated area and your chances of being hit by a piece of 300 pound debris are about 1 in 21 trillion.
NASA has gone to great lengths to downplay the danger here on earth, but if you notice anything and the stories that have been released by NASA -- the dangers may lurk above us and there is a disruption in the heaven’s, the earth will feel the repercussions of such man made cataclysm in space.
There seems to be a great interest in the sky lately. In the last 6 weeks there have been an increase of UFO sightings and anomalies have been seen in the sky that aren’t really conventional UFO’s but unidentifiable aerial phenomena that defies description. Fireballs, diamonds and huge anomalous lights have shot across the sky all over the world prompting local networks to ask if we are alone.
There seems to be urgency about the awareness of what is happening in space, from a pending announcement of an extra-terrestrial event to the possible potentiality for space cataclysm.
However NASA and other space agencies have been extra careful in reporting what is happening above us and what we are hearing is that any human that is in space is being told to leave and human astronauts are being taken off shuttle programs and moved off space stations.
Russian astronauts were removed from the ISS and landed on earth after a tense moment of radio darkness. Communications failed as the Soyuz TMA-21 fell to earth. There are still three astronauts on the station awaiting their return in November.
During the moment of re-entry there was an event that took place in the skies over the southern United States. A large ball of fire was seen all over the world. All agencies were hesitant to call it anything and so it was the definitive UFO – bolide, asteroid, or men from mars, NASA seemed to be very hesitant in naming it anything or classifying it as anything man made.
Meanwhile Americans were treated to an amazing replaying of an airplane slamming into crowds at a Reno air show. The sequence was a blaring bit of irony as the camera pans up to see a blur in the sky coming down and slamming into spectators. Meanwhile we were being warned in the same night about falling fireballs and the possibility of a 6 and half ton satellite coming down and the chances of the school bus sized probe hitting your city and possibly killing you.
The odds of anything affecting you are 1 in 3,200 and the chances of you being in direct line with a piece of the object would be 1 in 21 trillion. I was reading over those statistics over and over and wrote several stories in the newsroom to give people the information needed about an out of control piece of space junk heading to a city or town near you.
Each year, over 300 objects intersect Earth’s orbital trajectory. They range in size from a soccer ball, to the size of Manhattan. It is only a matter of time, before we arrive at the wrong place at the wrong time.
If this satellite goes rogue we could see some very interesting things take place in space and we hope that things are simple, but in the detritusphere anything goes as things including bus sized dead satellites can bounce off other satellites causing a cascading effect disrupting communications, GPS, and even the power grid.
Some scientists believe that the Earth has the potentiality for a “kiloton equivalent” event from an in air burn up or impact about twice per year. These kiloton equivalents can happen without warning as the things we have floating above us don’t often remain in the sky and come crashing down into space stations, satellites, and even populated areas.
On October 8th, 2009 over Bone Indonesia a 40 foot wide meteor exploded in mid air at 11 o’clock in the morning. The Earth-shaking blast received remarkably little coverage in Western press, but meteor scientists have given it their full attention. The explosion triggered infrasound sensors of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) more than 10,000 km away.
No telescope spotted the asteroid ahead of its impact. That is not surprising, given that only a tiny fraction of asteroids smaller than 100 meters across have been catalogued. There are many of these “smaller” asteroids that can slip through the cracks. Something the size of a soccer ball moving at supersonic speeds could destroy vast areas.
Now to be more clear the asteroid that detonated high in the atmosphere above Indonesia, released about as much energy as 50,000 tons of TNT. The western media avoided this story. An asteroid that released “kiloton energy” that was about three times more powerful than the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima didn’t even make a blip on our media radar screen. We need to ask why?
On Friday November 6th 2009 at 2132 UT (16:32/ 4:32PM EST) asteroid 2009 VA barely missed Earth when it flew just 14,000 km above the planet’s surface. For comparison, Earth’s diameter is 12,756.1 km. That near miss was well inside the “Clarke Belt” of geosynchronous satellites. Satellites could have been hit and that would have caused chaos on the planet.
Statistically speaking each of us is 1,000,000 times more likely to die from an asteroid than to win the lottery. We have heard scares of asteroids like Apophis also known as 2004 MN4.
“2004 MN4 is about a quarter mile wide; large enough to cause considerable local or regional damage were it to hit the planet. It is larger than the asteroid that carved Meteor Crater in Arizona thousands of years ago, and much bigger than one that exploded in the air above Tunguska in 1908, flattening thousands of square miles of forest.”
We always seem to think that asteroid direct host are rare occurrences and that they only happen within ranges of billions of years. However, A large asteroid or comet, the kind that could kill a quarter of the world’s population, smashed into the Indian Ocean 4,800 years ago, producing a tsunami at least 600 feet high, about 13 times as big as the one that inundated Indonesia in 2004.
But what we are hearing about is a satellite. This isn’t an asteroid, or meteor but it truly can be a sweeper of debris moving into the atmosphere with 300 to 400 pound pieces that if they move fast enough can create several high level dangers forcing areas to go on alert.
There the potential of a Kiloton level event in with the arrival of the UARS satellite. Projected areas for arrival are New Zealand, Argentina, and Indonesia.
Sightings of the debris will be witnessed by people living in the Midwest and Northern areas.
Just last year we were almost in a situation of critical alert as a satellite suddenly went rogue. The Galaxy 15 suddenly became an out of control "zombie." It started moving to disrupt the communications of satellites.
The satellite was disrupted by solar flares. Luckily it did not harm other satellites.
The pentagon confirmed that the volume of abandoned rockets, shattered satellites and missile shrapnel in the Earth’s orbit is reaching a “tipping point” and there could very well be a problem where a rogue satellite could thrust its way through the mess drifting gradually to hit other satellites and cause problems that could be felt for years afterward. We would see cable television stations shut down. GPS systems, phone lines, certain internet providers, weather prediction models, and perhaps even military satellites disrupted by the event.
Back in February of 2009 two satellites collided and debris was sent towards the earth. The rain of hit metal was scattered over Texas and Kentucky. It also sparked a brush fire in a Texas dry field.
Back then there was concern that the debris filed that encircled the earth could have damaged the ISS. There were also several military agencies and The Federal Emergency management agency on alert for any damage or harm the collision may have caused.
The internet is now tracking the satellite sky fall hoping that it does not collide with other satellites. There is also an alert and several Military and civilian operational exercises beginning Friday September 23rd, 2011 through Tuesday the 27th the window where the satellite will fall.
These drills and exercises will be held in Denver Colorado. In 2005 all CIA domestic operations were moved to Denver. There is also an underground bunker built under the Denver airport.
It has been reported that Fort Campbell, Bronco’s Stadium, hospitals and rail stations are on alert for the week during the DEAFCON 1 and MOUNTAIN GUARDIAN exercises.
President Obama is said to be in Denver during these exercises.