Holy Tunguska flashback*! Early this morning a meteor entered the atmosphere above the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, disintegrating at altitude of
50-60 km (18-32 miles) 14-20 km (12-15 miles) and creating an explosion and shockwave that shattered glass and blew in doors across the area, injuring hundreds. The space rock is estimated to have weighed about 10 7,000 metric tons.
The meteor has been captured in many amateur videos that were quickly uploaded to YouTube — watch below and see more here.
Find out more about this event on Universe Today here.
*The 1908 Tunguska event was vastly more powerful than this. But still… rocks from space!
There is always the possibility that larger meteorites hit the Earth. Are the governments doing everything they could to develop the technology to detect and destroy these meteorites before they hit the ground?
Unfortunately, no. Only a few countries have the resources to devote to the study of near-Earth objects, and these resources are usually underfunded — very much so, considering the amount of damage that could potentially be caused by even a medium-sized impact near populated areas. We know the danger is there, it really should be a top priority to set some protective measures in place now that we have the technology to do it.
Still would the governments capable of having the means of these technologies have to have the will to make it ;-(
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