Earth remains safe for now – but what about next asteroid?Submitted by Bob-45 on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 23:33
[All that money we spent bribing other nations and fighting useless wars and now they want to do something? I am less concerned about the few "big ones" than those just big enough to do damage but too small to be detected, such as the ones that created all the bodies of water in the Carolinas. Getting hit but a cluster of those compared to one big one is the difference between being hit by a high-powered rifle and a shotgun. Not a pleasant thought.]
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
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Earth remains safe for now – but what about next asteroid?
Hundreds injured by meteor explosion in Russia
A meteor streaks over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia's Ural Mountains, producing a blast that injured hundreds, caused minor damage to buildings and temporarily disrupted Internet communication, officials said. | Yulia Airikh/Itar-Tass/Itar-Tass/Abaca Press/MCT
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By Erika Bolstad | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Although the probability of a meteorite crashing in their backyards shouldn’t keep ordinary people up at night, scientists who study such matters are worried.
The meteor that streaked across the Russian sky Friday startled scientists worldwide with its audacity, even as it triggered a window- and roof-rattling shockwave that injured more than 1,000 people in the city of Chelyabinsk.
Astronomers on Friday had their eyes skyward on a separate object, the much larger asteroid known as 2012 DA14. It was coincidence that it came so close to Earth at the same time a meteoroid flamed into the atmosphere over Russia’s Ural Mountains, NASA scientists said.
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