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A Meteorite Hit Russia This Morning, and It’s Easily the Most Amazing Story on the Internet Right Now


Here’s a whole collection of different video recordings of the meteorite that streaked over the Ural Mountains in Russia early this morning (so, in the middle of last night for those of us in American timezones), breaking up in the atmosphere, leaving an impressive contrail, and causing a sonic boom that caused a wide radius of broken windows and damaged buildings. There have been no reported deaths so far, but many folks have sought medical attention for broken glass related injuries.

A meteorite strike as flashy and dramatic as this one would be news on any day, but this isn’t even 2012 DA14, the asteroid scienctists and astronomers were expecting to buzz very close to the Earth’s atmosphere this afternoon. Naturally, this is leading a lot of folks to wonder if the two might be connected.

Fortunately, both NASA and the European Space Agency were quick to establish that the two objects have no connection, and I suppose if you can’t take their word for it, I’m not sure whose you would take. Oh, and if you’d like to hear what a sonic boom sounds like when it’s made by a billions of years old conglomeration of space rock, just watch this:

It’s really too bad that words like awesome and terrific have lost their original context of “awe-inspiring, exciting, and terrifying at the same time.” As I heard Neil Degrasse Tyson say on NPR this morning: “Asteroids are nature’s way of asking ‘How’s that space program coming along?’” Our buddies at Geekosystem will be following the story more closely over the course of today, so you should definitely check them out.

(videos via HyperVocal.)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Natalie-Kim/758325105 Natalie Kim

    What’s even MORE scary is that these people are filming the road whilst DRIVING.

  • http://www.widdershinscomic.com/ Kate A

    Nah, a lot of Russian cars have cameras in them. They’re not sat there with their camera phones out. http://www.businessinsider.com/why-russian-drivers-have-dash-cams-2012-12

  • Carmen Sandiego

    Happy 66th birthday, Sikhote-Alin impact. Well, a couple of days late, but still.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Tyson has a comment for everything, doesn’t he? Bless him.

  • Anonymous

    The world would be a darker place without Russian dash-cams… Will be nice when it catches on in the rest of the world.

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Widget Joanna

    Turns out the Mayans were just a little bit off.

  • Korbin

    It was so funny that the first guy filming in the top video’s only response to a meteorite heading towards him was, “weird…” Yeah, that’s what anyone would say, right?

  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    So, anyone else thinking of Night of the LIving Dead? Or War of the Worlds?

  • Anonymous

    Apparently injury fraud–where someone would purposely walk in front of a car and get struck and sue–was so common in Russia that it became standard for drivers to place dashcams on their cars to refute such claims.

  • http://twitter.com/Taste_is_Sweet Aundrea Singer

    Am I the only one who finds it *more* scary that this wasn’t part of the asteroid that’s flying over today? I mean, how many other potentially deadly asteroids or meteorites are out there barreling towards us right now that no one knows about?