Local Meteor Analysis
Cornellís Rick Kline describes what happened in Russia
Ithaca (WENY)-- BANG! That was the sound people in the Ural region of Russia heard as a meteor streaked across the morning sky.
Rick Kline from the Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility says "it was actually this air blast shockwave that shattered windows".
Those shattered windows injured as many as 1-thousand people including 2-hundred children according to Russian State media. Cornell's Rick Kline says scientists will use amateur video to help find the potential location of an impact crater from the meteorite.
Rick says "a crater is an explosive event. The hole is actually excavated by a shockwave which tosses out the material from the crater and also the pieces of the impactor into the surrounding terrain".
Events like this happen about once every decade. The stakes are much higher when it happens in more populated areas.
Rick says "if this had happened in a place like Manhattan that was heavily populated the injuries and property damage could have been vastly worse".
Don't worry about a meteorite falling in your backyard because the odds of that happening are... Well... astronomically low.