GIANT ICE BALL LANDS LIKE A MORTAR AND EXPLODES ON AUSTRALIAN GOLF COURSE
This isn’t an article about a golf course, per se. Nor is it about the sport of golf. But it is about a phenomenon that could literally happen anywhere. And when you learn the details, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s pretty disturbing. Yesterday, a giant ice ball fell from the sky and exploded on impact at the 5th hole green at the Belvoir Park Golf Club in Victoria, Australia. As you can see in the image above, it wasn’t small by any means. But the picture doesn’t quite capture how much force was involved on the explosive impact.
GIANT ICE BALL EXPLOSION ZONE LEFT ICE SHARDS AS MUCH AS 160 FEET AWAY
The giant ice ball left an 8-inch crater (or, in golf terms, a giant divot) in the ground. While the picture shows shards of ice spread out quite a bit, it doesn’t capture that pieces of the giant ice ball flew as far as 160 feet away from the impact crater. That’s…. quite a distance. And is testament to just how much power the giant ice ball had between its own mass and the velocity it was moving at when it hit the ground. That alone is pretty disturbing if you think about it. Now I’ll get into why it can happen anywhere, at any time, completely randomly.
GIANT ICE BALL IS A “MEGACRYOMETEOR” THAT LIKELY FELL OFF OF AN AIRPLANE UP HIGH
First I’ll start by explaining the only explanation that anyone can agree on that makes sense. The giant ice ball likely fell off of an airplane from quite a high altitude. When a big piece of ice like this falls off of an airplane, it’s called a “megacryometeor.” It’s one of the reasons you see ground crew “de-icing” commercial airplanes, and why these planes also have de-icing technology that’s supposed to make the ice melt before it hits the ground. And this story of a giant piece of ice hitting a golf hole is the reason why.
Just imagine if that was your car, house or head. Or maybe even your local power station.