Here we go, science nerds!!!
So as you already heard the news about the meteor exploding over the skies of Russia, you’re probably running around helplessly trying to find your local true science version of any character from the television series The Big Bang Theory in hopes of them being able to tell you just what in the world happened and what does that now mean for the Earth.
In Chelyabinsk, Russia was a meteor falling to Earth at a speed of almost 44 times faster than the speed of sound. It exploded while still in the air and caused such a sonic boom when it blew up that countless windows were blown out and even though there are zero fatalities from any debris of this hitting, there are over 1,000 reported injuries. Most of them from pieces of flying glass from shattered windows. And a few being reported of people struck by falling debris.
Some thought it was a missile attack. Others thought it was the end of the world. But I can just imagine that EVERYONE thought that it was time to change their underwear when moments after it exploded, the sonic boom reached their sense of hearing.
It was the subject of many around me today, and some who had never paid attention in science class before wondered if this sort of thing could happen again.
Enter: Tunguska in Siberia, 1908.
The same thing had happened over the skies of Siberia. The majority of the meteor is said to have actually made contact with the Earth. Even though back then, there was an explosion and sonic boom that devastated the lands.
There are some that have their own theories in Siberia of areas of land where there are giant craters which could have been created by impact.
Some of which have yet to be proven or dis-proven.
But in 1908, I think that the impact was much scarier than the event that happened in Chelyabinsk in 2013.
Technology has most certainly changed in the past 105 years.
How terrifying that blast must have been when it was heard and felt.
These kinds of air blasts do actually happen more times than reported. Especially if they happen over land that is not densely populated or if the blast happens over ocean water.
The blast that happened in 2013, was over a city that has a population of over 1 million people. And again, there were no reports of death. Only minor injuries to people and of course there were material and structural damages reported.
Then we have the news of the asteroid that hurled by the surface of the Earth. And that news got swept under the rug compared to this news of the meteor. But the asteroid was measured at less than 15,000 miles away from the Earth, and ironically was 5,000 miles closer to the Earth than our man-made communications and television satellites. So it got closer than the reception that we have coming to us from space to watch television.
Already the 46th day of the year in 2013, and so much stuff has happened.
What’s been going on in your neck of the woods as of lately????