Really helpful at-a-glance graphic courtesy of The Telegraph (UK).
The serendipity of the Russian meteor and the near-miss asteroid coming together as news events is quite profoundly motivating me to donate to your mission. Thank you for your work! I was happy to find your organization after using search terms similar to this: “what the heck are we humans doing to prevent future impacts?”
Love the graphic. I’m sharing it on my science communication FB page! Thx.
Oh, one more thing…
According to JPL, the meteorite was closer to 17 m across (prior to entry), not the 2 m you report in your graphic. And update might be in order!
This is such an exciting event. I was reading some eyewitness accounts of the Tunguska Event and was struck by how similar those accounts are to what we actually hear in the videos of this most recent Russian meteorite:
* … “such noise came, as if rocks were falling or cannons were firing…”
* … “a loud knocking was heard, as if large stones were falling, or artillery was fired.”
* … “strong explosions were heard, as if from large-caliber artillery.”
* … “Afterwards for 5 to 6 minutes an exact likeness of artillery fire was heard: 50 to 60 salvoes in short, equal intervals, which got progressively weaker.”
These eyewitness accounts of what the Tunguska Event sounded like are remarkably similar to the recordings from Thursday’s event!
Finally! A wake up call without fatalities. Hopefully this will spur action by governments that the scientific community has warned about for years. Good luck B612.
I am actually unpleasantly surprised that so few people care about tracking and deflecting meteorites. I think that we (the humanity) are basically sitting ducks. I am not a scientist or a subject matter expert but I think that the mission of the B612 foundation is of great importance. Perhaps one of the most important things the world should care about.
[...] Back to Russia for a minute: B612 has a nice post explaining the meteor this morning. [...]
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