A U.K.-based data vizualization geek has cobbled together the entire history of eyewitness accounts of meteor strikes on Earth, and the visual look pretty violent.
"Duck and cover is not an option" says scientist.
Just a few hours ago, a very large meteor passed over Russia. Details are still sparse, but there are reports of a massive shock wave shattering windows, and videos showing a blinding flash as the object passed overhead.
Meteorites traveling towards the surface of Mars can often be traveling at several times the speed of sound as they hit the planet's thin atmosphere. A new study of images taken from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) suggests the hurtling rocks trigger shockwaves that roll through the air actually triggering avalanches on the dusty surface before they strike.
NASA's going to be deploying a network of 15 cameras across the United States to boost the coverage of its "All-sky Fireball Network," which is designed to track incoming meteorites, determine their trajectories, and possibly even figure out where they land.