Useful Information About the Recent Russian Asteriod

Scientists have raised their estimates of the size and power of what turns out to be the most widely witnessed asteroid strike in modern history. The size estimate puts the object that caused Friday's meteor blast over Russia in a troublesome category of asteroids: big enough to cause damage, but small enough to evade detection.

The new estimates, based on additional readings from a sensor network built to detect nuclear blasts, suggest the meteor released the energy equivalent of nearly 500 kilotons of TNT. That's about 30 times the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

I believe the calls for better asteroid detection are well-founded. Had it come at earth at a steeper angle, it would have done even more damage. It may make sense to use some of our anti-missile defense against an incoming asteroid.

More information here.

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  1. I assume this too was caused by Global Warming...err...climate change.

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  3. Brian, I hit "publish" too soon. Yes, asteroids are caused by global warming. Just ask a CNN anchor and "Bill Nye the 'Science' Guy." http://meteorologicalmusings.blogspot.com/2013/02/worlds-stupidest-global-warming-question.html

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