I sat on the couch with my small people last night watching the Nightly News as they reported on a giant asteroid that will pass close to earth today – reportedly around 2pm this afternoon. It apparently won’t be visible to the naked eye… it has been tracked by NASA for quite some time, and it DOESN’T PRESENT ANY DANGER TO US.
And yet, I wake this morning to news that a meteor has hit the Chelyabinsk region of Russia (it is caught on camera – look below) and it is reported that some 500 people are injured. Early reports say this meteor may be related to that same asteroid, but it is too early to confirm. This region is more than 900 miles from Moscow and based on what I am reading here and here, many of the injuries are related to flying glass from explosions (as a result of the meteor breaking apart as it fell). Scientists are estimating it weighed 10 tons and was traveling at 33-THOUSAND miles per hour! Witnesses describe the sound like a ‘sonic boom’.
Watch the video for yourself. Incredible.