The only thing worse than getting struck by lightning or a large, flying bird is getting struck by a meteorite. Thankfully, the chances of this happening to you are incredibly low — according to National Geographic, there is only one confirmed case of a meteorite striking a person. So perhaps it's no surprise that a piece of the offending space rock, called "Sylacauga" after the town it landed in, just sold today for one hell of a price tag.
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At a pink limestone quarry in Sweden, finding meteorite is no big deal — workers have found 101 of them in the past 20 years. But a new space rock discovery has scientists scratching their heads. The meteorite is of a class that's never before been seen, and it may hold a key to the explosion of life on Earth nearly 500 million years ago.
Here is the definitive video from NASA about what happened over Russia earlier this month. It's interesting because though we had pegged the asteroid 2012 DA14 to pass us by, we never saw the Russian meteorite coming because telescopes couldn't see it since it flew from the direction of the sun. So what happened?
As we get to know more and more about how powerful the meteorite that exploded over Russia really was, something still gets lost in translation. This video makes it abundantly clear how strong the blast was. The footage is collected from different locations throughout the Chelyabinsk city and shows how it really felt on the ground. The boom is pretty freaking scary.
A big ol' meteroite exploded over Russia last Friday, and while the shock waves that shot across the internet were definitely strong, the ones that shot through the atmosphere were pretty impressive too. The blast was loud enough for infrasound sensors as far as half-a-world away to hear.
In an unexpected move, space seems to be putting on a matinee show for Earth ahead of the tomorrow's 4:30am (AEDT) fly-by of the asteroid code-named 2012 DA14, with a giant goddamn meteorite streaking across the sky in Russia this morning before crashing to Earth with a furious bang. Watch the incredible video here.