We have a couple major science things today, both having to do with meteors. First off over in Russia a meteorite fell to earth. What’s really cool about this is the fact there’s so much video of this. I found a compilation here this morning and more video of the aftermath can be found here. They report that some 500 people were injured and from looking at the second video there was some significant damage to buildings.
It’s overall amazing that nobody was killed. Even more amazing is how much footage of the event there was. Apparently Russians are very into having dashboard cameras in their cars (if anyone from Russia reads this, please leave a comment as to why. I’m very curious.). It blows me away at not only the apparent size of it as it came in and broke up, but how bright it was. It was brighter than the sun at the point it broke apart.
I’m just glad no one was fatally injured. I hope they are able to find the pieces of this thing, I’m sure they’ll study it to death to find out everything they can about it.
The second meteor news happens today, we have a very close fly by occuring today. For those of us in the United States area, we’re screwed in not getting to see it. Although I do believe our friends in Australia and that part of the world will have the opportunity to view it. If you do, please leave comments.
This will be the closest pass of an asteroid this size in our history (that we actually know of). This thing is the size of a football field and will be within the orbits of our satellites. It’s amazing really that we’re getting to see this. Nasa will be broadcasting live at 2pm EST and you can go here to find out more information about that. There is also another webcast here around 9pm EST.
Overall it’s a great day for space geeks like myself. I really hope you’ll take advantage of watching this event today, even if you’re not as into space as I am. It’s a rare event and I’m sure it’ll be worth seeing.
Happy sky watching my friends.
Originally published February 15, 2013