Science Channel turning Russian meteor explosion into TV special


Have you heard about the amazing falling meteor that wounded more than a 1,000 people in Russia on Friday? What an amazing thing in this day and age. You would think there would be ways to protect people from them, but still this fantastic even sent a shock wave through the country's Chelyabinsk region with the force on an atomic-bomb. Some Russians though that we were entering end times. 

The explosion causes the largest reported fireball since the Tunguska event in 1908, when an asteroid explosion flattened trees over 820 square miles of Siberian forest. Seriously, watch this:

Videos like these are all over the internet. The very same day, a different asteroid measuring 150 feet across missed Earth by a mere 17,500 miles, according to NASA.

These two events have pushed the Discovery Communications Science Channel into action. It aired a special today (what turnaround!) that looked into the meteor explosion and pondered if the two events were related. (NASA says no need to worry, folks) Scientists, Physicists and Astronomers appeared to discuss the events.

The special will be re-airing later this evening and is expected to air again later this week after the channel juggles some programing.

Did anyone see it?


- Science

Written by: Hamatosan
Feb 16th, 2013, 8:50 pm

Images courtesy of Science Channel


Message Posted On Feb 17th, 2013, 10:43 am
We tuned in at 8:59 Pacific at the end of Oddities. The picture then shifted to one minute of the end of the Meteor special, showed the credits, then on to another Oddities.... Wierd. Does anyone know exactly when it will air again?

Message Posted On Feb 17th, 2013, 1:04 am
Turning this into a media spectacle is disgusting. There were >1200 people injured, they have -20 degrees currently and lots of windows broke (and thats the most minor damage) and there is no way to fix the damage so people won't freeze to death in the aftermath. Nobody died in the blast but the "fallout" of this event will claim a lot of victims still.
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