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Feb 15

Asteroid Slams Siberia and Injures Thousands, What Happens When the Big One Hits?

It turns out that astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is right. The Earth is bad for human life. Just look at the huge asteroid that hit western Siberia today, creating a shock wave that injured more than 1,000 people.

“The blast,” according to an article in the New York Times, “was caused by a 10-ton meteor, of a type known as a bolide, which created a powerful shock wave when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere. …Scientists believe the bolide exploded and evaporated at a height of about 20 to 30 miles above the Earth’s surface, but that small fragments — meteorites — may have reached the ground.”

Tyson, in one of FORA.tv’s most-popular videos, talks about what happens if 99942 Apophis, a near-Earth asteroid, hits Earth in April 2029.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Attack of the Killer Asteroid from Commonwealth Club on FORA.tv

And it’s not just asteroids that make Earth a dangerous place:

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Earth Is Bad for Life from City Arts & Lectures on FORA.tv

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