Meteor Crater

December 21, 2010

Meteor Crater is worth a look-see, although its relatively commercial (privately owned), and relatively expensive (considering its a ways out of the way (about 30 miles from Flagstaff Arizona). They have some quite fun exhibits and have clearly spent some money on it and there are elements that they have tried to maintain some integrity and not simply bleed it for as much money as possible. Saturday 18th July 2009-07-19 Woke up sluggishly with the dawn. Drove down the road for a mile or two but failed to locate the turn for the VLA. Uturn and back again, – found it this time. Got there about 7ish and had the place to myself. After some scratching around worked out how to get in the back of the vistors center. This place is interesting because of how science has changed around it. It was build before the desktop, the web, and GPS. Many of the things this facility does could be done fairly simply these days with GPS, but in their time they were some technological feat. Drifted around till past 9 then onwards towards meteor crater. Decided enroute to skip painted desert and petrified forest. Got to meteor crater (through some great looking storms) about 4ish. Only when you get there (a 6 mile drive) do they tell you its 15 bux. I kinda new the deal here anyway, but I still found it rather sneaky. VERY windy. Movie was quite fun, and the displays were fairly well done. I think it was expensive for what it was, but it was still fun. The wind on the crater overlook was


25 Responses to “Meteor Crater”

  1. DurskMan on December 21st, 2010 4:33 pm

    This was pretty cool to see in person..bigger than I though

  2. 01101100d on December 21st, 2010 5:04 pm

    I thought the voice sounded like thunderfoot and then i checked up on your channel and it is lol, cool, nice new channel.

  3. Nuker1337 on December 21st, 2010 5:38 pm

    The ‘meteor creater’ meteor din’t explode with the force of 20 megatons, it was significantly smaller at about 4 megatons. If it really was 20 MT, the crater would be a little over 2 km wide, while it in reality is about 1.2 km.

  4. pyrogamer on December 21st, 2010 5:47 pm

    almost half a mile? More like almost 3/5ths of a mile.

  5. xypowerpop on December 21st, 2010 6:44 pm

    i’ve been there ^^

  6. SelGomezRocks100 on December 21st, 2010 7:30 pm

    omg i hope no one was ther

  7. delysid111 on December 21st, 2010 7:34 pm

    I agree. When meteors and comets income a planet, they are sometimes absorbed by the planet. Nutrient supply. Like on Mars, impact craters might generatet dust winds, or so it just seems?.It depends on the viscosity of the clode surface. Sometimes it looks like a droplet in shockwaves.

  8. footage82 on December 21st, 2010 8:31 pm

    but someone told me that i need sense…
    why should i destroy it if i need it..?

  9. AhSchit on December 21st, 2010 8:43 pm

    fire a bullet into the bus. it will be gone forever

  10. footage82 on December 21st, 2010 8:49 pm

    i have bus ramming inside my head!!
    it destroys my head from inside out…. and all my sense is packed into that bus….. if it gets away…
    what lil sense i got left is getting away with the bus!!
    why is they trying to leave me all the time?!?!
    wat should i doo???

  11. JETZcorp on December 21st, 2010 8:58 pm

    The actual design called for 100, but they tested it at fifty. It was tested on one of those big arctic islands North of Russia (I know the name, but can’t spell it) and the shock wave was nevertheless noticed as far away as Western Europe.

  12. JETZcorp on December 21st, 2010 9:35 pm

    Tape works, too.

  13. TonyBtheEG on December 21st, 2010 10:22 pm

    “Maximum security.” lolcatz.

  14. jesperjesper123 on December 21st, 2010 10:24 pm

    I think it’s wrong to play to see these things I mean the man dident build this the man dident do anyting and I think it’s wrong to “own” someting like this aswell it should be free to the world to see!

  15. nausinora on December 21st, 2010 11:05 pm

    Think you’d enjoy flying your plane around Wolf Creek Crater here in Aus, it’s just such a stunning place all round.

  16. roentgen571 on December 21st, 2010 11:36 pm

    I was there once as a kid…I do remember that nasty wind! I also remember the big meteorite fragment. The simulator and some of the security fence is new to me, though. 🙂

  17. IRiViI on December 21st, 2010 11:44 pm

    You have a good tast of music if you ask me xD
    And nice job

  18. MaxSafeheaD on December 22nd, 2010 12:36 am

    ah, not seen that site before, thanks very much =D

  19. magick205 on December 22nd, 2010 1:16 am

    Lake Manicougan. Good one! If you go to fas . org, you’ll find an online resource that allows you to examine impact structures on earth. It also is a great resource on planetary imaging.

  20. BenchMarkd on December 22nd, 2010 1:28 am

    Yeah but that was a one off just bolstering in the arms race by the Soviets

  21. KevinSolway on December 22nd, 2010 1:32 am

    Tip: a band-aid (plaster) stuck over the microphone of your camera can reduce wind noise.

  22. MaxSafeheaD on December 22nd, 2010 1:46 am

    that is a shame but then if you want to see a really big crater you need google earth/maps – go to:
    51.388504, -68.704119

  23. metabog on December 22nd, 2010 1:54 am

    Well you can thank whoever named it. It’s a private thing anyway, so it’s all commercialized and they can name it whatever they want cause most people can’t tell a meteor from a meteorite, they just come to see how “awesome” it is and buy crater-shaped paper weights (or something). It’s a bit sad.

  24. MaxSafeheaD on December 22nd, 2010 2:39 am

    yea … which is wrong!

  25. metabog on December 22nd, 2010 2:48 am

    The official name of it is Meteor Crater.

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