Pretty neat that they found another, and as many do it will safely fly passed us. I think it's a bit unfair to claim that NASA, an organization that
has spawned huge advances for humanity, is purposefully ignoring or otherwise intentionally keeping the public in the dark about these things. The
organization does phenomenal work with the budget they have, which is shockingly low compared to most other departments in the U.S.; and are involved
in numerous projects that means they are rarely just watching the sky for asteroids. They have people that are actually tasked with that, but they
can only watch so much sky.
Hence the boon for the amaetur and private astronomers and why we've gained so much by the increasing availability of quality, high powered optics for
the average person.
I also think the concerns about "increasing numbers of meteorites", that is to say, "ones that survive to hit terra firma" is a bit over-hyped. The
American Meteor Society and the Meteorological Society have numbers between around 100 and 200 impacts per year in a larger than 10 gram size. Some
studies cite upwards of 70,000 tons of meteorites hit the Earth per year, though those appear to be older studies.
I think what we are really seeing is just the result of increased areas of human population and, more importantly, the huge improvements in high-speed
internet and social media access in remote areas. Areas where a meteor may fall, and no one would hear know about it save for dedicated hunters and
scientists can now be reported on via Twitter, Facebook, and the conglomerate of MSM sources.
Twenty years ago you could have a big fireball light up the sky, and while the local media would be on it immediately, it could take up to a few days
or even a week to cover U.S. media. If it happened in a foreign country, you'd be lucky to ever hear about it unless major damage occurred.
Now though, the instant it happens there can be literally thousands of people reporting it across to their hundreds of online friends, covering
millions of people in a matter of minutes. Even small impactors can be reported by any person who happens to catch it, greatly increasing the public
awareness of it.
For people like us, who watch just about everything closer, it's no wonder it seems so alarming - but I still feel this is, ultimately, just that
things that would normally have flown well under the radar are more easily caught.
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