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posted by Matthew Hreha in In The News

Is the sky falling?

February 19, 2013

Just hours after the meteor exploding over Russia was caught on camera, there were reportedly other incidents of an asteroid passing closely by earth and a meteor entering the atmosphere over California.

ABC News explains how space debris hitting the earth is a concern that some scientists are already working to prevent. 

The article states that "Nearly 100 tons of space debris enters Earth’s atmosphere every day. Most of it burns up or falls harmlessly into the ocean, but experts still worry that eventually something big will come our way." 

The Verge recently posted a heat map, created by Javier de la Torre, displaying every recorded meteor crash since 2,300 BCE. It seems that there are more recordings of meteor strikes in the United States than in other areas. 

You can check out more pictures of the meteor in Russia in a slideshow here.

 

Do you think we should be concerned about the next big meteor or asteroid that could hit the earth?

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