Saturday, February 16, 2013

Close call documented. AP PHOTOS: Meteor explodes over Russia - Nation Wires - MiamiHerald.com. Fox News historical reference of 1908 Tunguska event

AP PHOTOS: Meteor explodes over Russia - Nation Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Click the headline above or CLICK HERE to view AP photos posted online, Miami Herald of the Meteor that exploded over Russia on Friday, 2/15/2013.  14 photos are posted of the event and aftermath.

The Russian meteor event was quite a coincidence, given that Astronomers on Friday had their eyes skyward on asteroid 2012 DA14. Thankfully, this event was nowhere near the 1908 Tunguska event.  See (yes) FOX NEWS - Russian meteor blast recalls massive 1908 'Tunguska event' reporting that the site of Friday's spectacular, 10-ton meteor blast was just 3,000 miles west of Tunguska, which was the site of the largest-ever recorded explosion of a space object plunging to Earth:

That 1908 blast, which was later attributed to a comet or asteroid fragment, is generally estimated to have been about 10 megatons. No injuries were reported, but some 80 million trees over 830 square miles were leveled in the blast known as the “Tunguska event.”

The meteor certainly peaks some interest in many who formerly did not concern themselves with the possibility, or probability of Earth impacts during our lifetime.  See Miami Herald: Earth remains safe for now – but what about next asteroid?  and Asteroid buzzes, misses Earth _ unlike meteor

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