Israeli Beach and Meteor

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This is an interesting story — not one of Israel being attacked. I pretty frequently see meteors streak across the night sky and have always been interested in what they look like when they hit.
The one above hit a beach in Bat Yam.
— Steve Clemons

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11 comments on “Israeli Beach and Meteor

  1. Tridant says:

    JohnH writes: “Omygod!!! A new existential threat to Israel! Space aliens armed with meteors!
    Obama isn’t doing enough to protect Israel against space aliens. Double the defense budget!”
    Yup, Shumer and co. will soon be sponsoring a bill in the senate to affirm US commitment to the “welfare of the zionist state” in the face of this clear and present danger, double US assitance to the zionist state, and launch a war to find and destroy those space aliens. Berman over in the house would do the same.

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  2. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Hmmm. Its undoubtedly a dingleberry, deposited by a supreme being who has finally figured out a use for Israel.

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  3. anirprof says:

    Phillipe,
    Per my link above, the Israel Geological Survey has already looked at it, and concluded it is made of (or at least largely made of) phosphorus, which is quite consistent with its behavior/appearance but is not at all consistent with being a meteorite.
    Something that small wouldn’t make a crater, though; the atmosphere slows it down enough. Still, I’d have expected it to at least disturb the seashells, but maybe it had already been kicked around or something from its initial impact point.
    I won’t be surprised if this turns out to be something manmade, and launched from nearby via slingshot or small rocket or something local rather than anything from space.

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  4. David says:

    Christian Zionists, who are KJV Bible literalists, honestly believe that if they do not give Israel unconditioned support, they will be condemned to hell. And many of them are otherwise decent, rational people. I know several. Two are close relatives. Their dysfunction parallels Shumer’s intellectual problem.
    None of it would matter if the Middle East didn’t have such importance for the entire planet, and these people have significance in the policy formulations of the most powerful nation on earth, the sole superpower. That is why, while people have a right to believe whatever they want to believe, they have to be called out and their goals have to be defeated. While Armageddon might be ok in their defective mindsets, it is hardly ok for humankind.
    It is also why Smiling Mike Huckabee is not ok, period. There are other reasons John McCain is not ok, and who needs to enumerate what is wrong with the half-term governor from Alaska?

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  5. Philippe Coulon says:

    I also doubt it is a meteorite, but not for the same reason mine is : where is the crater ?
    This thing did not land very fast where it landed, because of the lack of penetration in the ground.
    Maybe it bounced on something.
    So still possible.
    It would be interresting to follow up the story if this thing get analysed , to find out what it’s made of.

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  6. Paul Norheim says:

    Haven’t you read about John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s cocktail
    party last night, betting on who could hit Iran with a drone? While
    Palin – according to a prominent guest at the party who prefers to
    remain anonymous – had insisted that Iran was situated
    “somewhere on the Mexican border, right between North Korea
    and The Holy Land”, McCain KNEW it was in the Middle East!

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  7. Dan Kervick says:

    Perhaps the Christian Zionists will take this as a sign. Brimstone is a sign of divine disfavor.

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  8. JohnH says:

    Omygod!!! A new existential threat to Israel! Space aliens armed with meteors!
    Obama isn’t doing enough to protect Israel against space aliens. Double the defense budget!

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  9. Outraged American says:

    Too bad the meteorite didn’t land in Avigdor Lieberman’s mouth or
    Netan YaHoo’s codpiece.
    Surely there must be something in the Torah about meteorites (or
    maybe that was just white phosphorus?) being a sign of the coming
    of the Messiah and the restoration of the Eight Temple or whatever
    temple the settlers are on now?
    Steve, YOU ARE NOT AN EXPERT IN SOMETHING??? I was convinced
    that the name of WikiPedia should be changed to WikiStevia…

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  10. Steve Clemons says:

    anirprof — I’m not an expert but just did a quick google search on the subject of hot meteors and cold meteorites and saw that there are both.
    All best, steve clemons

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  11. anirprof says:

    Steve,
    Sorry, but no way that is a meteorite. First, they are actually _cold_, not hot — they’ve been in the deep cold of outer space for eons and when they are heated up as the enter the earth’s atmosphere, it’s only a very thin rind that gets hot, and that mostly ablates away (just as with a space capsule’s heat shield). Even more importantly, meteorites are not flammable. Some do contain a fair amount of carbon compounds but the meteorite would simply not sustain a flame like that.
    It’s not just me who thinks so — see statements from the head of Israel’s Geological Survey and from the head of a meteor organization.
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3880113,00.html
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3880496,00.html
    That it contains a lot of phosphorus is interesting, since phosphorus is in fact used as an incendiary munition.

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