Reports indicate that as many as 1,000 people may have been injured when debris from a meteor fell in Siberia. This happens on the same day that an asteroid is approaching Earth and will pass close to Earth. Scientists tell us the meteorite has no connection to the asteroid.
NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named "2012 DA14." (see NASA)
A near-Earth asteroid – called 2012 DA14 by astronomers – is passing very close to Earth today (February 15, 2013). Astronomers estimate that, when it’s closest to us, it’ll be within the orbit of the moon (which averages about a quarter million miles away), and closer than some high-orbiting communications satellites. 2012 DA14 will be about 17,200 miles (27,680 kilometers) away. (ES)
The Independent has advice on how to survive and defend yourself from meteorites and asteroids.
The majority of injuries in Russia were caused by more than 1 million square feet of glass that sent fragments flying as a result of a shock wave, not by direct contact with the meteorite.
Chelyabinsk city officials said 3,000 buildings in the city were damaged by the shock wave, including a zinc factory where part of the roof collapsed.
Note: The size of the meteor is not unusual.
Asteroids and meteors are not unusual. They have existed from the beginning of time and will continue.
The hoax global warming / climate change, which does not exist, but if it did, has nothing to do with meteorites and asteroids approaching earth from space.
Asteroids and meteorites are different.
This is not the end of the world.