Saturday, February 16, 2013

Don't Worry - Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis Have Got a Handle On It

Anyone else weirded-out by all of the asteroid activity lately? If the Mayan apocalypse (ahem, change of consciousness) had not already occurred, I might be looking at these as signs of impending doom. One of my talented students has been raising my awareness of all the interesting things happening in our sky - thanks, Austin! As you may already realize, the internet is a particularly good resource of animated GIFs and vidz to help me illustrate.

DA14 Asteroid Flyby
According to NASA's website, the Earth received a belated valentine yesterday, "Asteroid 2012 DA14 is a small near-Earth object – approximately 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter. On Feb. 15, 2013, the asteroid will pass by our planet at a remarkably close distance, but the asteroid’s path is understood well enough that there is no chance of a collision with the Earth." Here's a little glimpse of it:

Russian Meteor Injures Hundreds of People
On a unrelated but strange note, residents of Russia's Ural region got a fantastic fireworks show with a horrifying sonic boom attached to it. On the same day that DA14 flew by, Russian residents saw a huge fireball in the sky and felt a percussive explosion that shattered windows and injured hundreds. According to NASA, the explosion created a blast in central Russia equivalent to 300,000 tons of TNT. Luckily no one was killed. Here's a fantastic recap from several viewpoints:

In my tiny mind, Russia is becoming the place where magical yet scary events constantly occur. It seems lawless, wild, and beautiful all at the same time... kind of like an alternate-reality version of the best and worst in America. If you dare, watch this compilation video of driver dashboard cameras capturing the madness on Russian roads:

Enjoy the show in our sky!

1 comment:

Jack Richard said...

yeah...but there wouldn't be real Armageddon..!