This was close, Earth!

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The ‘Killer-Asteroid’ – which was discovered in 2004 – will not hit the Earth in 2036, I read a few days ago. Oh, well, I thought so I will continue to work until pension.

Chelyabinsk MeteoriteBut out of the blue there was a flash of light and then a loud explosion bursting windows across the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. A large meteorite detonated over the city on Friday morning, injuring almost 1,000. The disaster could have been much larger.

Could no one foresee that? So all this brilliant science is helpless. Such a meteorite can hit us any time, anywhere. If it hits the right person we should not worry but disasters usually never ask if they hit the wrong people…

The international community must work together, a leading UN scientist said. Oh, good! More meteors please! Perhaps this is a chance to stop all this idiocy around us! Wink

 

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2 thoughts on “This was close, Earth!

  1. This meteorite was the size of a bus, large for a meteorite, but a little larger and the results would have been the devastation caused by the Tunguska meteorite which exploded over the Siberian wilderness in 1908. Most of the damage is caused by the release of kinetic energy during atmospheric entry, shock-waves and sonic booms. These events are rare but inevitable. I think we will destroy our civilization by the effects of global warming before any more meteorites or asteroid collisions are likely to occur.

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  2. Not forgetting the Asteroid hurtling through space that just missed our planet (by 17, 150 miles) on Friday night. We are not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination. The Asteroid that missed us was the size of a football stadium and if you have ever felt a small piece of an Asteroid – you would be shocked by the weight and density of the thing. Such a direct hit would wipe out a city. We have had a truly eventful week and after the lightening bolt that hit the Vatican after the Pope resigned – What message is God sending us., I wonder. Very exciting times indeed! 😛

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