Explosion in the Sky

I have included an email alert from Space Weather below.  This is quite fascinating; the amazing pictures and video must be seen at the Space Weather website since they are copyrighted.  My question is what, exactly, ruptured the Russian rocket booster’s fuel tanks?  Hmm?

Space Weather News for Feb. 21, 2007 from their archives:

On February 19th, late-night sky watchers across Australia witnessed a bright explosion followed by a debris cloud that hung in the sky for nearly an hour.  At first a mystery, the source of the blast is now understood.  It was a Russian Briz-M rocket booster misplaced in orbit last year by the failed launch of an Arabsat communications satellite.  The fuel tanks of the Briz-M ruptured on Feb. 19th, producing a vivid naked-eye display and more than 1000 pieces of debris.  Experts are calling this a “major breakup event,” comparable to or even worse than last month’s Chinese anti-sat test.

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6 Responses to Explosion in the Sky

  1. pollyann says:

    It should be warmer for comet viewing then, hopefully. 🙂

  2. Darmok says:

    No, I didn’t see that! I will have to keep a look out next month.

  3. pollyann says:

    Darmok, did you see Comet P2/Encke and it’s “spikes” on Space Weather? The article says the comet will fly by the sun in mid-April.

  4. Darmok says:

    Right—as it is, I’ve spent too much time out in the cold searching the skies

  5. pollyann says:

    Me, too, Darmok. Me, too. If I could look through one of those high quality telescopes I’d probably never get enough. 🙂

  6. Darmok says:

    Wow, that is remarkable. I would love to see something like that.

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