February 17, 2013
10-Ton Meteor Strikes Russia
Yes, you read the title correctly. A 10-ton meteor, traveling at over 68,000 mph, streaked over central Russia, flashing a light brighter than the sun, and exploded until it broke apart into smaller pieces before landing. No news (at the time I write this) has been revealed on where the meteor has landed, but sources say that over 1,000 people have been injured in the aftermath.
Let’s back it up for a second. If you’ve seen the video, then you know just how bizarre it must seem for a meteor to be crashing in such a dramatic fashion. In most of the amateur footage that captured the meteor, we see a ball of light flashing intense waves of very bright light that, even when looking away from the object, blind us from seeing every object in our field of view.
The meteor’s speed was so intense that the waves of energy emitting of its surface blocked out many radio and television broadcasts, as well as knocking out power lines and power for many apartment complexes.
Outer space objects impacting the Earth’s atmosphere isn’t entirely unheard of, but an event such as this hasn’t occurred so dramatically in decades. Space is an enormous ball of empty hot space and rocks that, while mostly don’t have a force of gravity acting on them, often have many more that have. A number of reasons could explain the reason for this meteor crashing here. For example, any planet in a distant galaxy far away could have imploded due to another meteor striking at its surface, sending billions of debris this way.
The probability of that happening is very slim considering that the planet is never in the same 3D space for longer than even a minute, but still possible nonetheless.
A more likely situation involves the same meteor drifting for what could have been billions of years in open space without any object to impact on, which can paint an idea of just how vacant space is. That meteor could have received various gravity pushes from orbital pulls of distant stars that could have chipped larger parts of the meteor to allow for faster travel.
The speed of the object had to cause a large amount of friction between it and the Earth’s air density, which might been the reason that the flash shined so brightly without causing any real heat damage for the distance that the flash could have been seen. The flash itself wasn’t gamma radiation due to the fact that people were still able to view it without being blinded, which rules out the possibility of a nuclear strike from an opposing country.
This is all that science really is: endless theories and possibilities to feed the mind with thought. We’ll likely not know anything on the situation until the Russian government reveals more details on the situation.
I will be keeping you updated on the event as it stands, and in the meantime, I would like to read your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below.
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