NASA et al has been quick to calm fears saying that they were unrealted and just coincidence, but I would be interested in opinions on the
First off...Asteroid..Rock in space...Meteor..rock entering our atomosphere...Meteorite...Space rock that has hit the earth/on the ground.
This is what worries me...
NASA et al has been quick to tell everybody that the Meteor in Russia was unrealted to the Asteroid...which initially made sense to me from a
THEN...I heard a Physicist on Science Friday on NPR propose a possibility that no one else was mentioning...
The asteroid that passed close to the earth "DA14"...It is on an orbit or cycle...and each time it passes near a planet like the earth, tidal
forces/gravity can pull chunks of the asteroid off or even break it into pieces.
The Metoer in Russia...and the metoers seen in CA, FL and Cuba...could all be chunks of DA14 that were broken off/pulled free the last time the Metoer
passed the earth and they trail beside it/around it like a cloud.
What this MEANS is that while we might track huge Metoers and be able to say...hey that won't hit us...that metoer might have a shower of still huge
smaller metoers following it that can rain down on the earth....and we need to start thinking abut THAT.....what if NEXT TIME the Russian Metoerite
was not 1...but a shower of 20 os similair size? 100? hitting more populated areas than Siberia???? We don't need a single large metoerite to wreak
havok on the earth...A dozen Siberian Meteors in more populated regions would do.
The energy released by the Siberian Meteor has been estimated to be in the Hundreds of Kilotons.
As far as DA14...the next time it passes us is 2014...but scientists think it will be much farther away in that pass...So even if it had a cloud
following it, it would likely be out of range of the earth.
BUT...a meteor named "Apophis" will pass near the earth in April of 2029...more or less the same distance as DA14, but still miss us...BUT my question
is...are we able to detect if that meteorite has a small cloud of still deadly meteorites that might be accompanying it? Broken loose over millions of
years each time it passed the earth and following it like a cloud...that could rain down...multiple events like the one in Siberia?
I am not the doomsday sort, but that question needs to be asked and researched IMO....before 2029 comes around. Because if that Siberian meteor had
hit a major city...or if 20 of those meteorites had struck the earth instead on one...it would be an issue.
Either way the Scientists who rushed to calm the public saying the Russian meteorite was definitely not related to DA14?...I think they could have
been wrong...and I am more convinced as reports come in of as over-sized or dramatic meteorites being sighted across the globe.
There was a trail/cloud of smaller meteors following DA14 in my strong opinion...and we need to account for those when tracking large metoerites that
pass near the earth.
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