February 15, 2013

Odd timing

So on a day when an asteroid will come very close to Earth in the afternoon, meteorite fragments harm people in Russia in the morning. Very odd, don't you think? Can you remember any other meteorites "striking" the Earth? Other than Tunguska, I can't. (Note: in neither case did they "strike"; they exploded in the air.)
MOSCOW — Bright objects, apparently debris from a meteorite, streaked through the sky in western Siberia early on Friday, accompanied by a boom that damaged buildings across a vast area of territory. Hundreds of people were reported to have been injured, most from breaking glass. 
This seems wildly improbable. Two completely separate close passes on the same day? Last night I watched a broadcast where they finally said what country will be under the asteroid as it passes. The answer is Indonesia. I hope NASA is right and it passes by without harming anyone. I'm going to watch the NASA feed this afternoon. It's scheduled to pass by at 2:24 pm EST. Interesting times we live in, eh?

2 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

Meteor Crater Arizona

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoGvlYCkD6Q

Now I wasn't there to see it hit mind you...

writenow said...

Today's Russian meteorite hurt over 700 people, according to the latest report. And there's another one coming this afternoon. That's weird, despite hits now and then. Just saying.