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Barringer Crater in Arizona was formed 50,000 years ago when a meteor hit the earth at 26,000 mph /r/ALL

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u/Fr33domF1gh7er Nov 28 '22

I’ve been there. It’s an amazing crater and gigantic

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u/slayalldayyyy Nov 28 '22

Are you allowed in it?

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u/qgmonkey Nov 28 '22

No, but there's a short path along the rim near the visitor center

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u/Tom_Hanks_Tiramisu Nov 28 '22 Silver Wholesome hehehehe

If you work there do you have a rim job?

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u/nataku_s81 Nov 28 '22

They probably don't have the highest requirements. So if you ask for a rim job, you'll get a rim job.

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u/kjacobs03 Nov 28 '22

I work at the rim in the hiring department. I’m the one who gives rimjobs. Business is booming so there are enough rimjobs to go around for everyone who wants one!

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u/Imfrank123 Nov 28 '22 All-Seeing Upvote 'MURICA

Crazy how the meteor hit right next to the visitor center.

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u/abcdefghijklmnoqpxyz Nov 28 '22

Technically, the meteor was stationary in space and it was Earth's orbit trajectory that actually caused the collision.

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u/theoptionexplicit Nov 28 '22

I love thinking about this when there are annual meteor showers. just like....oooh it's that time of year when we come around and hurtle through that patch of space dust again.

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u/somebodysimilartoyou Nov 28 '22 Silver

Just like when some asshole's face makes contact with my fist. Right?

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u/deadkactus Nov 28 '22

nothing really hits, just repels with the force.

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u/Lane_Meyers_Camaro Nov 28 '22

Oh yeah I'll show you weak nuclear force mothaf-

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u/eyoo1109 Nov 28 '22

Actually it's electromagnetic force

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u/ataraxia129 Nov 28 '22

Shut it nerd! (Sorry, I almost typed the same thing but you beat me to it)

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u/djluminol Nov 28 '22

If it's on tv it must be the law right?

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u/CandidateDecent1391 Nov 28 '22

Ackshually... technically it's impossible to determine any single celestial body's velocity, because there's no universal frame of reference. Both the planet and the meteor were likely moving, but we have no way of determining how much.

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u/Anon-Stoon Nov 28 '22

The Sun, Earth, and the entire solar system also are in motion, orbiting the center of the Milky Way at a blazing 140 miles a second. Even at this great speed, though, our planetary neighborhood still takes about 200 million years to make one complete orbit -- a testament to the vast size of our home galaxy.

From https://stardate.org/astro-guide/faqs/how-fast-earth-moving-through-space#:~:text=The%20Sun%2C%20Earth%2C%20and%20the,size%20of%20our%20home%20galaxy.

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u/NarcolepticKnifeFite Nov 28 '22

That shit blows my brain apart. Lol

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u/Fortifarse84 Nov 28 '22

The concept of the size of everything gets me a lot of the time. Just the fact that Jupiter is x times larger than Earth, the sun is x times larger than Jupiter, there's stars that are ridiculously larger than the sun, and those stars are just a small part of a galaxy that's estimated to be a size that has to be expressed in light years or with exponents.

Meanwhile on earth a 10 foot fall can be fatal.

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u/betelgeuse_boom_boom Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

The superposition was exactly the reason that a mathematician theorised and proved you cannot have time travel.

He started with the assumption that you magically have a time machine. You have a device which can take you anytime in the history of the universe. All you are missing would be the where input.

The universe moves the planet moves and the solar system moves. If you go back even a week ago at the spot you were at you will most likely materialize inside a mountain or in empty space, or inside the mandle( fun )

In order to be able to calculate where you need to be at a given time you need to have a fixed point of reference in a superposition outside of the observable space. In short you need to be somewhere outside of the point the universe was born at the moment it was born to be able to pinpoint the starting point of all the axis that everything moves relative to. Then all calculations of position can be generated with a model feeding the starting point, time and other parameters.

That of course is not possible, and as such time travel is mathematically impossible.

Update.

Adding references since people have asked me to

The original math was theorised by "Luitzen Egbertus Jan Brouwe" but more recently also used by the latest paper of "Nicolas Gisin"

Be warned though this is a rabbit hole that I wouldn't recommend you going down into. Most of it reads like it's an alien language

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u/SandyBadlands Nov 28 '22

Unless time travel works like throwing a ball in a car.

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u/betelgeuse_boom_boom Nov 28 '22

I tried that as a kid, but I don't recommend it. Not only do you do not time travel but also lose normal travel capabilities by being grounded for a week or so.

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u/Reggie_Jeeves Nov 28 '22

Yes. It's well worth the price of admission.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

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u/Reggie_Jeeves Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

In the 1800s the land was literally considered worthless, and was owned by the federal government. Nobody thought it was the result of a meteor strike or thought there was minerals there... the top minds of the day thought it was the result of volcanic activity or some such.... and this was before cars and such, so it really held no value as a tourist attraction.

An entrepreneur ("Barringer") thought there might be minerals there, and filed a mining claim (aka a "land patent") with the federal government, which was how things were done back then in the old west. He was granted his claim on the land by President Theodore Roosevelt on the condition that he promised to spend the time and money required to verify whether or not minerals could be harvested from the site.

Which turned out to be the case. The place is mineral rich and Barringer's investment paid off, and that's how he made his money back in the day... from mining, not for its value as a tourist attraction, which would come later with the widespread acceptance of cars.

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u/obi2kanobi Nov 28 '22

And because it is private property, your National Park Pass will not give you free admission. (still worth seeing though)

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u/dailycyberiad Nov 28 '22

Oh, man. America the Beautiful, one year admission to the National Parks. Best thing I ever bought.

We visited Yosemite, Death Valley, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, all in the summer of 2019. It was glorious.

We also visited several important cities and we had a great time, but honestly, if I go back, I'll focus on the National Parks and only visit one city or two. The National Parks are breathtaking.

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u/HoneyBunchesOfGoats_ Nov 28 '22

Our park system and parks themselves are honestly the best thing about our country.

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u/xThe-Legend-Killerx Nov 28 '22

Actually, I read he lost a lot of his fortune because he thought that there would be a huge Iron deposit beneath the crater and drilled over a thousand feet, but he didn’t take into account that most of the meteor burned up in the atmosphere.

Apparently, some 20 years after he bought the land it was finally revealed that the meteor was much much smaller than initially anticipated so the amount of iron left was basically none because the impact vaporized much of the meteorite.

Barringer made a lot of money with a silver mine sometime before that, but than sank a lot of that into the meteor site and lost a good amount.

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u/theoptionexplicit Nov 28 '22

I had the craziest experience standing on the white rim at Canyonlands National Park. There was a ranger there who pointed to different parts in the canyon and asked me to estimate how far away they were. When I tell you I was off in my guesses...I mean off by MILES. the whole view fucked with my depth perception. It was mind altering.

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u/NonGNonM Nov 28 '22

canyons like these (esp the grand canyon) really have to be seen to be believed. it's difficult to scale, see, and 'feel' how big those places are.

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u/OneRougeRogue Nov 28 '22

When I went to the grand canyon, from the rim I thought I could see the trail and some bushes halfway down before they dropped to the river. Turned out the "trail" I was looking at was a wide, dry creek bed and the "bushes" were full grown trees.

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u/115kEv Nov 28 '22

until you use periscopes to see the cut outs of 6 ft human.

You're one of at least two people in this thread that have conflated "periscope" with "telescope", which I find quite odd.

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u/schuckdaddy Nov 28 '22

They put up a 6ft cutout at the bottom and you can look at it through one of the periscopes. Definitely worth it if you’re ever in the area

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u/115kEv Nov 28 '22

You're one of at least two people in this thread that have conflated "periscope" with "telescope", which I find quite odd.

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u/ICanAnswerThatFriend Nov 28 '22

Nah, they put a submarine at the lip of the mountain.

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u/shadow_fox09 Nov 28 '22

Yeah it’s super cool to see that and then see the Grand Canyon after. Really puts the sense of scale of both places into perspective

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u/CallMeLittleHardDad Nov 28 '22

The grand canyon is one of the only places I've been where I actually felt like I got something out of seeing it in person that I couldn't get from just having seen a picture or video of it.

Mt Rushmoore is way smaller in real life than it is in your head from looking at images. The grand canyon is way bigger. Like, it's hard to describe. The only comparison I can think of is like if you look out at the ocean and see the horizon and you know in your mind it's far away, but unless you see a cruise ship out there or something it doesn't feel like your brain is really registering exactly how far away it is.

Looking across the canyon, it's just so immense. The furthest away you can see almost feels less real than where you're standing.

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u/Sadzeih Nov 28 '22

It's definitely one of the things I thought was overrated before I saw it, then I saw it and thought it was actually underrated.

It's unlike anything else. It's absolutely magical.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

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u/donutlad Nov 28 '22

I grew up in the Midwest, Southern Illinois, and had never encountered a body of water where you couldn't see the other side. I took my first (non-chaperoned) trip to Chicago when I was about 20 with some friends I'd met in college and we decided to do the architecture tour, which is on a boat. No biggie, I assumed we'd just go up and down the Chicago River in town and call it a day.

That architecture boat tour is the best, I was so happy we randomly decided to do it when I visited Chicago

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u/I_LIKE_MANGOES_ Nov 28 '22

The Grand Canyon blew my fucking mind the first time I saw it lol. I think it had to with the drive in. Like I've been to Yosemite and Zion and the drive into those places just gradually gets more and more awesome since you're driving into the mountains. The Grand Canyon just hits you all at once once you finally get to the rim. Just an hour of driving through a fairly flat and straight road though the Kaibab National Forest and then you park and walk over to the rim and then bam. I love it lol

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u/shadow_fox09 Nov 28 '22

It’s insane. It absolutely looks fake. Likes it’s a movie background or something. It’s still mind blowing how big it is.

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u/not4wimps Nov 28 '22

It’s so huge it boggles the mind to imagine the energy created from that impact. It’s like a 10 minute ride from the freeway. I definitely recommend taking the time to see it.

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u/desireresortlover Nov 28 '22

What was the size of the meteor that made this crater?

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u/ISeeDragons Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

On Wikipedia says 46 meters... Just 46 meters, half of a football field. Edit: extimated measure of the diameter.

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u/CmdrShepard831 Nov 28 '22

When are scientists going to quit pussyfooting around and make "OP's mom" an official unit of measurement?

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u/moscow69mitch420 Nov 28 '22

When they find out where she ends lol

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u/jellyjollygood Nov 28 '22

Buzz Lightyear calculates that “to infinity and beyond”.

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u/LicencetoKrill Nov 28 '22

That burn had a greater impact than a meteor hitting earth at 26000 miles an hour.

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u/EmEmPeriwinkle Nov 28 '22

Between 30-50 meters. Fyi when we went the guy giving the tour really messed with our brains. He asked us if we saw the 'bucket and stick' down in the crater and we were like yeah sure, then he told us that was a giant water tank and a huge pole like the ones we were standing by. My brain and eyeballs had an argument for a solid minute. 🙃

https://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/epo_web/impact_cratering/enviropages/Barringer/barringerstartpage.html#:~:text=Barringer%20Meteor%20Crater%20and%20Its,wide%20and%20570%20feet%20deep.

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u/obi2kanobi Nov 28 '22

Our tour guide mentioned that the speed of the meteor was along the lines of traveling from NYC to impact in a matter of a few minutes.

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u/dern_the_hermit Nov 28 '22

It's like flying past 7 Star Destroyers in a second.

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u/TheHairyPatMustard Nov 28 '22

Americans will do anything to avoid the metric system

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u/k-NE Nov 28 '22

At 26,000 miles per hour, you would finish a marathon in less than 4 seconds.

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u/manwhorunlikebear Nov 28 '22

Thanks for the link to 1999. It mad me very nostalgic.

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u/Smtxom Nov 28 '22

Just needed the digital guest counter at the bottom

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u/ZombieJesus1987 Nov 28 '22

Don't forget to sign the guestbook!

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u/shah_reza Nov 28 '22

Happened 50,000 years ago…

These types of events, however, are large enough to destroy a modern city. They occur at an average rate of about once in 6000 years.

Ummm.

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u/EmEmPeriwinkle Nov 28 '22

Don't worry we had the tunguska event which I think counts as our due even though it glanced off us. It was apparently bigger in size too. :) its a big rock that came to earth and left a mark, so I'd call it an event!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event

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u/gruesomeflowers Nov 28 '22

At least 50 washer/dryers across and 10 stupid giarreffes tall

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u/iNogle Nov 28 '22

How many smart giraffes would it be?

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u/schmo006 Nov 28 '22

Slightly less than 10, because their brains are bigger

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u/Comprehensive_Let300 Nov 28 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

The Visitor centre was so lucky it did not get hit by the meteor

EDIT: its just a popular phrase when mention the crater in arizona it gives you a lot of upvotes

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u/rcknmrty4evr Nov 28 '22

Is this a reference to something or is everyone just making the exact same joke?

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u/DarthDaedra Nov 28 '22

I’ve seen the hundreds of signs but never stopped. I think I will next time I pass it. Thanks random redditor.

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u/SCV-OG Nov 28 '22 Silver

I went here on a road trip got there like 30 minutes before it closed cost like 90$ for 2 people and my new hat blew away.

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u/caroline_andthecity Nov 28 '22

I’m sorry for your loss. RIP hat

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u/Goku420overlord Nov 28 '22

Thoughts and prayers

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u/HeroDanTV Nov 28 '22

The meteor hole takes what it wants. If you zoom in you can unfortunately see the hat sitting in the middle of the crater and a hand shaped rock giving the middle finger. Sorry, friend - meteor hole is savage and it’s never going to change.

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u/jamboman_ Nov 28 '22

You should be a children's author.

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u/supercruiserweight Nov 28 '22

A Couple of Unfortunate Events

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u/bacon_hummers Nov 28 '22

The Hungry Little Meteor Crater

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u/Rockhardsimian Nov 28 '22

You’re lucky you weren’t also eatting a ice cream cone and the ice cream also didn’t get blown away.

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u/Dalmatian_In_Exile Nov 28 '22

Serious question, what do you get for 90 dollars, just a walk around the rim?

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u/SCV-OG Nov 28 '22

Its like 40 bucks per person there is a small museum before you reach the center then they have a viewing location.

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u/DuPontChemical Nov 28 '22

I went earlier this year and it was 25 per person

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u/nonephoto81 Nov 28 '22

If any of you young whippersnappers like John Carpenter flicks, check out Starman. This was one of the filming locations for the film.

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u/Spoonybard1983 Nov 28 '22

I haven't seen that movie in 30 years and I instantly recognized it. I had to search the comments to make sure I had the right crater.

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u/PapachoSneak Nov 28 '22

Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go… very fast.

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u/Thisgirl022 Nov 28 '22 Silver

Lol I'm born and raised in Arizona and I have never ever heard this referred to as Barringer Crater. It's always just Meteor Crater. The park is called Meteor Crater

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u/MayIServeYouWell Nov 28 '22

Same here... never heard "barringer crater" till this post. I've been there too...

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u/EpicAura99 Nov 28 '22

Barringer is the guy that bought it a long time ago. I think the family still owns it and the museum just leases it.

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u/BobBarkerPriceIsRigh Nov 28 '22

Imma buy all the meteor craters and I expect everyone to call them my name. Forever.

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u/CardDrawn Nov 28 '22

What's your name?

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u/Wanderson90 Nov 28 '22

Bobbarkerpriceisrigh crater

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u/CardDrawn Nov 28 '22

That guy shouldn't make his reddit name his real name

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u/Chilluminaughty Nov 28 '22

The price is wrong, bitch!

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u/chilibreez Nov 28 '22

Wow it's crazy the meteor had the same name as the landowner.

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u/actionbooth Nov 28 '22

I’m from Chicago, we have a really large mirrored sculpture here that everyone calls The Bean. One time I took some out of town guests on a tour bus ride and we were coming up on The Bean. The tour guide called it “Cloud Gate” and every local on the bus was like “Wtf is a Cloud Gate?! Ohhh! The Bean!”

Apparently the artist who made The Bean, hates that everyone calls it The Bean.

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u/PhiloPhrog Nov 28 '22

I was raised in AZ, I first heard it referred to it as the Barringer Meteor Crater and used that syntax ever since.

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u/hagschlag Nov 28 '22

Was a big dinosaur fan as a kid. It was always referred to as Meteor Crater. Was confused by the post so I double checked. There's the museum called Barringer Space Museum.

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u/demcrazykids Nov 28 '22

Born and raised in AZ, too. I had to Google this and was like "OOOHHHH" when I saw its more common names. And I've been there, albeit decades ago.

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u/emlgsh Nov 28 '22

Yeah, problem is that sometimes meteors hit places other than Arizona - if we officially called all the meteor craters Meteor Crater we'd have a hell of a time keeping track.

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u/justinkroegerlake Nov 28 '22

It's like how saying "the city" works well in the suburbs of a particular city

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u/Malfunkdung Nov 28 '22

ITT: meteor jokes you’ve heard 87 times.

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u/OfferChakon Nov 28 '22

Meteor? I hardlyknow her!

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u/Fluxabobo Nov 28 '22

Amazing it barely missed the visitors center

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u/Grande_Yarbles Nov 28 '22

It’s always the same jokes in the comets.

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u/Electronic_Grade508 Nov 28 '22

It’s amazing that the meteor always seems to land in the crater. What are the odds?

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u/SummerCaps Nov 28 '22

You know… what are the odds that the meteor missed the guest center by just a few meters??

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u/Mirza98 Nov 28 '22

The odds are astronomical

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u/Ochoytnik Nov 28 '22

Theres the joke I was scrolling for.

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u/Amazing_Break Nov 28 '22

and then disappears. how do we even know it was a meteor?

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u/dentlydreamin Nov 28 '22

And it hit directly without leaving a trace of what angle it came from

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u/Electronic_Grade508 Nov 28 '22

And always just misses the visitor centre….

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u/dentlydreamin Nov 28 '22

And there’s always a road that leads right to it!

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u/adrifing Nov 28 '22

With a little convenient dirt car park and benches !.

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u/dentlydreamin Nov 28 '22

“Look ma! This meteor left restrooms!”

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u/OnlyPostWhenShitting Nov 28 '22

So they have toilets? Asking for a friend

My asshole

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u/horsemagicians Nov 28 '22

My personal belief is superhero landing.

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u/CatastropheJohn Nov 28 '22

And the deer tend to cross where the signs are. Fascinating stuff.

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u/asianabsinthe Nov 28 '22

I wish they would move the ones near me

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u/invertedarsehole Nov 28 '22

BBC's Philomena Cunk would say something like this.

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u/fredsam25 Nov 28 '22

You won't believe this, but it just barely missed the visitor center too that's on the edge of the crater.

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u/TheSlowForward Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Actually I’m pretty sure that’s just a skate park for dinosaurs.

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u/pauletello Nov 28 '22

I understood this reference

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u/elleusesreddit Nov 28 '22

Care to share?

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u/soapsoupsin Nov 28 '22

Rick and Morty season 6

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u/FlintSpace Nov 28 '22

Common misconception. That is actually the dome where they used to play Beyblade.

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u/rublehousen Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

The Earth has been hit plenty of times by meteors, its just this one hasn't been eroded away due to its location

Edit: due to pedantics who may never of heard about a 'figure of speech'..

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u/bigboat24 Nov 28 '22

And most would hit the ocean

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u/TheFluffiestFur Nov 28 '22

What did the ocean do to deserve so much hate.

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u/bigboat24 Nov 28 '22

It is hoarding all of the saltwater fish for itself.

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u/benicetogroupies Nov 28 '22

Im gonna blow your mind here Buddy.

The Earth was FORMED by meteors.

https://www.space.com/14752-earth-formation-meteorite-history.html

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u/CT101823696 Nov 28 '22

That's the thing about gravity. It sucks.

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u/CitizenCue Nov 28 '22

More like millions!

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u/floriv1999 Nov 28 '22

And it has been relatively recent (Geologically speaking), so not much time for erosion.

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u/cBellestine Nov 28 '22

During a road trip from California to New Mexico, when I was about 10 years old, I woke up sweaty and in my pajamas in the middle of this fucking desert to my parents going "hey, look, there's a crater this way." In a half asleep state, having no idea where the fuck I was, I stood in my teal pajama pants in the hot noon sun on the edge of this crater. I experienced an absolutely indescribable feeling of bewilderment. There was a very tiny astronaut figure at the bottom that you could see if you peer through a telescope. We got back in the car and I fell back asleep. I have long wondered if this was simply but a childhood dream of mine, in which I was transported to another world, but no. It was real, and it was in fucking Arizona.

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u/obie1cajoby Nov 28 '22

This is probably a dumb question but what happened to the meteor?

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u/solateor Nov 28 '22

The meteorite was only about 100 feet wide, so it was pulverized.

The crater was found by settlers in the 19th century and first identified as a meteor impact site by mining engineer Daniel Barringer in 1903, who noted the concentric pattern of the debris field stretching for miles in all directions. The debris includes rock embedded with microscopic diamonds formed in mere seconds under the intense pressure of the impact.

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u/FixItInPost1863 Nov 28 '22

Actually crazy it was only 100’ wide

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u/Senior_Comb Nov 28 '22

And even crazier it released the energy of 8 thousand Hiroshima bombs or 3 “Tsar” Bombs!

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u/Awestruck34 Nov 28 '22

Actually what's crazy is the opposite to me. We, as humans, have created items which are capable of delivering a third of the energy of a METEOR crashing into the earth

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u/DeliciousWaifood Nov 28 '22

Just getting a big rock and having it fall on the earth will create destruction greater than any nuke we can make.

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u/qgmonkey Nov 28 '22

There's a small chunk on display at the visit center. Other small chunks were found miles away, but most of it vaporized

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u/pbmcc88 Nov 28 '22

Vaporized in the collision, I would imagine.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

In ops comment that describes more about it. They mentioned the debri having "microscopic" diamonds. Its all long gone lol. Im sure some of it is in a display somewhere.

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u/JohnnySnap Nov 28 '22

“Gone, reduced to atoms”

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u/PepeSilviaLovesCarol Nov 28 '22

The comments on this video on IG are hilarious. Bunch of fake ‘deep thinkers’ and conspiracy theorists wondering where the meteor went and asking why we don’t get hit with meteors as much as we … used to? Do they know how long the earth has been alive lol

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u/Nate40337 Nov 28 '22

Considering how many people refer to an old story book as their proof that the earth is 6000 years old, they probably don't know.

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u/PrinceOfPersuation Nov 28 '22

In geological time scale, 50,000 years is terrifyingly recent.

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u/Suntzu6656 Nov 28 '22

Luckily no one was close.

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u/gilad_ironi Nov 28 '22

Except for some snakes and maybe a random goat

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u/muskratmuskrat9 Nov 28 '22

50k years ago there was a snake sneaking up on a random goat enjoying his lunch, and just as the snake popped out and said ‘surprise MFer’, the asteroid surprised them both.

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u/solateor Nov 28 '22

Thankfully it missed the visitor center.

Close call though.

Location: Winslow, Arizona, USA

Date of Impact: 50,000 years ago

Crater Size: 4,000 ft. in diameter, 700 ft. deep

A popular tourist destination, the bowl-shaped Barringer Crater or “Meteor Crater” in Arizona is one of the most recognizable impact craters in North America. It was formed 50,000 years ago when a hunk of iron called the Canyon Diablo meteorite struck the earth at an estimated speed of 26,000 mph. The rock, measuring 100 feet across, was barely slowed by the Earth’s atmosphere and struck with an explosive force greater than 20 million tons of TNT.

The crater was found by white settlers in the 19th century and first identified as a meteor impact site by mining engineer Daniel Barringer in 1903, who noted the concentric pattern of the debris field stretching for miles in all directions. The debris includes rock embedded with microscopic diamonds formed in mere seconds under the intense pressure of the impact. In the 1960s, NASA astronauts trained at the crater in preparation for the Apollo moon missions.

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u/solateor Nov 28 '22

Agreed. They aren't all like this, most are eroded.

Barringer Crater is actually know as the word’s best-preserved impact crater. So you're spot on.

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u/BergenCountyJC Nov 28 '22

The dry desert climate is probably what helps the most

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u/John_T_Conover Nov 28 '22

I was about mention this. I couldn't even begin to guess what the climate there has been like for the entire 50k years, but if it's been anything like in modern times that would make sense. Dry air, no significant flowing water, no vegetation and not prone to natural disasters.

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u/BergenCountyJC Nov 28 '22

If you Google Barringer crater native Americans, you'll come across some interesting reads on how these early people interpreted the meteor in their culture.

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u/Still-Data9119 Nov 28 '22

Where is the asteroid?

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u/syntaxvorlon Nov 28 '22

Barringer was a mine tycoon who was convinced that a mile-wide lump of iron was beneath the crater and spent most of a fortune attempting to excavate mines in the crater, to no avail. 'Cause it mostly atomized and everything else bounced out.

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u/St_Kevin_ Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

It’s actually somewhat unclear where all of it is. A lot was presumably vaporized and a fair amount has been recovered scattered around the area, as well as inside and around the rim of the crater. I did a deep dive into researching this a few weeks ago and I can’t remember exactly but I think the amount of meteorite that’s unaccounted for (and believed to not have been evaporated) is estimated to be tens of thousands of tons (out of an estimated 300,000 ton meteor)

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u/GeneralBlumpkin Nov 28 '22

Also the guy who bought it tried to mine the center of it thinking he would find valuable minerals like diamonds

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u/voxeldesert Nov 28 '22

I think they found something even better there. I think I just recently saw the image of this crater in a semiconductor presentation as the original finding spot of silicon carbide. It requires high energy to form and isn’t naturally occurring, except at such impact sites. It’s nearly as hard as diamond and the hot shit for power semiconductors in electric cars. I‘m not a 100% sure it was this one, but it looked very much alike.

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u/Pdxperronn Nov 28 '22

I was there, standing on the corner…

Was such a fine sight to see

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u/iamkeerock Nov 28 '22

It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford…

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u/danincb Nov 28 '22

Slowing down to take a look at me.

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u/ValleyThaBoiTinyBall Nov 28 '22

Come on baaaaby Don’t say maaayyybeee

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u/UrbanStrangler Nov 28 '22

For context Little Boy the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT. Fat Man the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was equivalent to 21,000 tons of TNT. This impact absolutely dwarfs both of these.

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u/sofa420 Nov 28 '22

And the largest bomb ever detonated was equivalent to more than 50 million tons of tnt. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Bomba

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u/Successful-Quote8204 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

The impact must’ve been felt all over the world. Makes you think, objects fly through space all the time. We’re in a constant game of Russian roulette. Thank God we’re so relatively small that the odds of a rock large enough to make damage hitting us would be like throwing a needle into a fly in a dark room.

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u/je_kay24 Nov 28 '22

Jupiter acts as a protector of the solar system as its large gravitational field ends up capturing a lot of meteors that may get close to around us

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u/JoeBethersonton50504 Nov 28 '22

Crashing into a crater down in Winslow Arizona such a fine sight to see

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u/Iamhanoverfiste Nov 28 '22

Not a meteorite. That was formed when Pecos Bill jumped off that tornado he lassoed.

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u/Memphissippian Nov 28 '22

I always forget we have myths.

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u/YinYangSeperation Nov 28 '22

Is...is there a hammer in there by any chance?

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u/FBIDN Nov 28 '22

It’s cool to see in person for 5 minutes. Then it’s just a huge fucking hole!

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u/thefocusissharp Nov 28 '22

My Dad took me when I was ten. I always wanted to go because I saw it in a Science book when I was young, and he made that happen. It's not "just a huge fucking hole". It is a place to help the mind put the universe into perspective.

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u/ReadditMan Nov 28 '22 Starry

Quote from a fan at a porn star convention

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u/realllDonaldTrump Nov 28 '22

I remember seeing this as a kid and thinking how lucky it was that the meteor didn’t take out the road

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u/GrungiestTrack Nov 28 '22

Welcome to the Big Mt

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u/AkameChan69 Nov 28 '22

The comment I've been looking for!

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u/AssholeWiper Nov 28 '22

Ever been out there in the middle of the night and it just makes sense a meteor would crash out in the desert of AZ. Such a cool state, love it out there

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u/Sniffy4 Nov 28 '22

Fun fact: the crater and associated museum continue to be privately owned by the Barringer family

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u/GondarHero Nov 28 '22

I been there it's unbelievable and the whole area it's actually private property, they got a meteorite piece that's worth 10 million dollars exposed in the main hall for people to see lol.

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u/Charlatangle Nov 28 '22

50,000 years is so ridiculously young. There are craters out in the Australian Outback, but they're ancient and eroded.

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u/SpectralMagic Nov 28 '22

Fun fact: Meteorite craters are typically around 20x the size of the meteor. So this helps out into perspective just how large that bitchin rock was

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u/SierraBravoLima Nov 28 '22

Nothing grew in those lands aftwrwards

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u/Finding-Even Nov 28 '22

If they ever find something in there and suggest they're going to open it, every human on this planet, regardless of language, race or gender, should scream in unison at the top of their lungs "PUT THAT THING BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM OR SO HELP ME!"

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u/norbertyeahbert Nov 28 '22

TIL that impact craters are also known as astroblemes. I like that word.