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!