It seems as though life often imitates art and nothing proves that more to be true than the recent space rock that exploded over Russia. Reminiscent of the movie Armageddon, an unanticipated meteor made an appearance in the skies of Chelyabinsk and did some major damage; this would have been exponentially more disastrous had it not exploded 10 miles above the Ural Mountains.
Humans are waking up and starting to take notice of what might be lurking in our solar system. There are comets and solar flares and plenty more asteroids kicking around out there. The rock that recently exploded was a mere 55 feet in diameter but weighed approximately 10,000 tons and came whizzing into our existence at about 40,000 m.p.h. It’s been reported that more than 1,200 people were injured when the shockwave made its way through Chelyabinsk, where many windows were blown out. The last impact of this kind occurred in 1908 when a large fireball hit Siberia and flattened the surrounding forest, knocking down the trees with the force of 40 atomic bombs. Needless to say, this is not the type of event for which you’d want front-row seats.
The more we learn about the dangers in our heavens, the more we need to form plans on just what we would do if one of the many space boulders out there made its way to a densely populated area. While scientists were aware of 2012 DA14 there wasn’t much thought given to it actually causing the damage that it did. Maybe we should stock an asteroid preparedness kit with our hurricane kit, just in case.