Professor Discusses Russian Meteor

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- A video of a meteor streaking across the early morning sky in Russia shows the trail of light followed by a huge flash and explosion. The number of injured is still rising. More than 700 people were hurt and most of the injuries are not considered serious. The shock wave was so intense, it shattered the glass in hundreds of buildings.

Something like this hasn't happened since 1908, when a meteor also in Russia. It's more likely that a meteor will land in Russia than in any other country because of its large size.

Shanil Virani is the planetarium director at James Madison University and he said something like this is very rare. Virani said NASA discovered that the meteor was more than likely not related to the asteroid that passed earth earlier Friday. Virani believes this meteor crash is important to know about because he said it's only a matter of time until something else will hit the earth with much worse results.

"Somewhere in the outer part of the solar system is a rock with our name on it, which our name on it means Boston, New York, D.C., Los Angeles, that it's going to be a significant event and it's going to cause catastrophic destruction", said Virani.

Virani thinks studying the meteor will lead to more information about the composition of the Earth. NASA scientists are currently looking into how Earth can be protected from possible crashes.

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