Apr 15, 2010

Great Special Effects

I get a news feed on my iGoogle at work. Very distracting because I am very distractable. Today a story about a meteor blazing through the midwestern skies caught my eye.   I love end of the world type stuff and though my friend Tony will probably disown me..... one of my favorite movies is Armageddon.  The other movie, Deep Impact, that came out at the same time is also worth watching again whenever I run across it.  Heck, I even liked 2012, as hokey and implausible as it was.

All of these movie special effects though couldn't prepare me for how chilling it is to see the real thing.  That's a real fireball shooting over your head.  Hello?  That thing could kill somebody.




My favorite part of this video is how they circle the meteor in the replay.   Yeah, we see it.



Somebody told me that the meteor in the first one was probably the size of a grain of sand. No wonder the Worldwide Meteor Detection Net didn't pick them up. If there is such a thing. I hope there is.

I also heard they are predicting another meteor shower to rain down upon us on April 21st. You'll have to excuse me now while I go stock my apocolypse bunker.


16 comments:

  1. I'm just so glad they circled it or I would have missed it. ;)

    I saw this on our news this morning, isn't nature amazing? And scary!

    ReplyDelete
  2. WOW! that would have scared me senseless.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh, damn. You didn't get to see it live?

    ReplyDelete
  4. the size of a grain of sand!?!
    i'm going straight to conspiracy theory and saying it's a military experiment gone wrong, haha!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Bitchen!!..Sorry..I love that stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Pat - I know. Imagine seeing it for real.

    Foxy - Hilarious isn't it. Just because technology allows us to do something doesn't mean we need to.

    Mom- I think I would have peed my pants.

    Booda - People on the west side of Michigan saw it but we weren't that fortunate.

    Sling - That's what I'm saying. Better than any movie.

    ReplyDelete
  7. mi - smells of conspiracy to me. They think that we Midwesterners are too easy going to make a big fuss about being their proving grounds for their diabolical plots.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love the red circle! For those non-science types who don't know what specifically to be looking out for when they're watching coverage of a "giant ball of fire streaking through the night sky".

    ReplyDelete
  9. G - Animation would have been good, a happy face, or een better a screaming face with hair flying behind it as it flew across the sky.

    ReplyDelete
  10. "Animation would have been good, a happy face, or een better a screaming face with hair flying behind it as it flew across the sky"

    ha! a la south park!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I thought that meteor was cool!! :)

    But I am susceptible to freaking out from end-of-world type movies--even if the movies are stupid as hell.

    Two scenes that freaked me out: In the modern version of The Time Machine (I think it was called), it freaked me out in that one scene when the moon started chipping apart and falling to earth. Gave me the chills! The other movie that freaked me out for some reason was The Day After Tomorrow with the scenes of tornadoes in L.A., New York freezing up, etc. I know it was just a dumb movie, but for some reason it really freaked me out. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. mi - not really a fan of Southpark. I catch snippets of it now and then. Except for the World of Warcraft episode. I've seen that one a few times.

    MHP - I seriously can not get enough of these types of movies. I loved The Day After Tomorrow. Don't think I've seen the Time Machine though. My niece is obsessed with 2012 right now. Saw the movie and is so worried about the Mayans being right.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm sorry I missed the meteor here in Chicago. I love stuff like that. I remember watching the Kohutek Comet back in 1973 when I was a kid.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Buck - You were lucky. I just read that thing won't be making another appearance for another 75,000 years.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow its so interesting - like the volcano in Iceland...it shows us our true place in the universe...it could all end tomorrow - but what the heck

    ReplyDelete